Following its successful launch last year, the Forty Hall Farm Beer and Blues Festival is back on Saturday 10th June 2017.
With two stages of some of the best rhythm and blues around, the Festival will include a line-up of local blues acts, as well special guests from further afield. There will be over 20 ales and cider on tap from local London producers, as well as delicious local street food. The full line-up will be confirmed very soon.
Children and families are very welcome to attend the festival but please note that this event is aimed at adults, so there will be very limited activities for children.
Advance tickets includes access to shuttle bus to and from Enfield Town and Enfield Chase train stations. Click here to buy tickets.
We've got lambs and a new calf in our barns, and children will have fun exploring our woodland and riding around our orchard on our toy tractors! You are welcome to bring a picnic, or have lunch in the Forty Hall café next door.
Easter opening hours
For more information, including how to find us, see the visit us page.
This Easter, we're pleased to announce that we'll be open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday.
This May, we’re delighted to be working in partnership with our friends at Forty Hall to host a new event for 2017 – the Forty Hall Village Fete. This free event for all the family will be held on Sunday 7th May 2017 from 11am – 5pm.
Situated in and around the Farm and Forty Hall’s gardens, the day will include children’s activities, a craft fair, Punch and Judy shows, bouncy castle, information stalls and fairground stalls, as well as folk dancing by cultural groups including Fiction Dance, Tanec Bulgarian Dance Group, Shpresa Albanian Dance Group, Ukrainian Dance Group and the Etcetera Morris Men. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of the local street food stalls.
There will also be tea and cake tent hosted by the Enfield Field Dames WI group, and a dog show hosted by Elmtree Pet Hotel, Training and Education. Bring your dog along to win prizes!
Keep an eye on our website and on Twitter @fortyhallfarm for more details as and when they’re confirmed.
Final preparations are underway here at Forty Hall Farm as we prepare to reopen for the spring and to show off our new lambs at our Lambing Weekend, this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March.
With rural craft demonstrations, arts and craft activities for kids, falconry, sheep shearing (Saturday only), blacksmith demonstrations (Sunday only), forest school fun, and lots of tasty food stalls.
Please note that parking is limited at Forty Hall so you are advised to travel by public transport if possible. There is more information on how to the get to the Farm on our Contact Us page here. Unfortunately, there will not be a shuttle bus running from Capel Manor College as has previously been advertised.
Please also note that we’re a working Farm and it might be muddy if it’s been raining. Wellies are recommended!
The Farm will be open from 11am – 4pm on both days, with final entry at 3.45pm. Pay on the door: £5 adults, £2 children. Free for under 3yrs.
Saturday 18th February
This half-term, we’re running a special weekend Forest School session. Come along mums, dads, grandparents & carers and see what Forest School has to offer.
Perhaps you like building dens/ structures or are partial to bushcraft? If so, bring yourself and your skills along too!
Just some of the activities on offer:
Age range: 18 months -5 years
Forest floor crawlers and babes in arms go free when accompanying an older sibling.
£7.50 per child (siblings £12)
AM 10.30am -12.00pm *** Limited places available *** Book now
PM 1.30pm – 3.00pm *** Limited places available *** Book now
Bookings taken in advance only at www.twiggles-explorers.co.uk
Please note, this isn’t a drop in session. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.
Forty Hall Farm is recruiting a seasonal grower to work two days a week, helping to run our market garden. The post will be based here at the Farm in Enfield, for a six-month period running from the beginning of April to the end of September 2017.
Our market garden was established in 2013. Working on eight acres, mostly outdoors with a small amount of polytunnel space, we produce a wide range of salads and vegetables which are sold through our veg bag delivery scheme (Enfield Veg Co.), our onsite farm shop and wholesale.
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to help with day-to-day growing tasks. The position will be two days a week, a Wednesday and a Thursday, from 08.30 to 17.00 with an hour for lunch. It is a temporary position, beginning in early April 2017 for six months.
The main tasks of the job will be:
Download the full job description and further details on how to apply here.
Deadline for applications: 9a.m. Monday 20th February 2017
Forest Schools encourage children to learn through playing outdoors and by engaging in activities like den building, tree climbing or using tools.
The school is run by Melissa Littlestone, a qualified Forest School Leader and a primary school teacher with more than 10 years’ experience in teaching.
From Thursday 5th January through to Thursday 9th February, we are offering taster drop-in sessions, which run from 10.30am – 12pm, and from 12.30pm – 2pm.
In March, the school will launch properly and booking will be required in five-week blocks. This is so that the children attending get to know each other and benefit from regular sessions.
For more information and to book to join one of the sessions, visit the Twiggles Explorers website
Tuesday 6th December 2016
This Christmas, we have a range of delicious organic produce available to order and on sale in the Forty Hall Farm Shop.
Once again, we are offering our Christmas veg hampers, in three sizes and containing all of the veg you need for the big day and beyond.
Everything in the boxes is organic and much of it is grown locally on Forty Hall Farm. Each box is packed full of classic Christmas veg including potatoes, carrots, parsnips, red cabbage, winter greens and of course sprouts, together with some surprise festive treats.
Small box: perfectly formed. £15. Contains approx 9 – 10 different vegetables. Plenty for a Christmas dinner for two, with lots left for Boxing Day and beyond.
Medium box: a cracker. £20. Contains approximately 10 – 11 different veg, with bigger portions. Enough for Christmas dinner for 4 people, depending on how many veg you want to squidge on to your plate.
Large box: the granddaddy. £27.00. Our largest box contains more veg than you can shake a Brussels sprout stick at. Choc full of over 12 different types of veg (with the odd fruit and nut!), this box will comfortably feed 6 – 8 people on Christmas Day with plenty left for the days before and after.
To order a Christmas hamper, email email@example.com and let us know what size hamper you’d like. The deadline for orders is midday on Wednesday 14th December and hampers will be ready for collection from Forty Hall Farm from midday on Wednesday 21st December.
We will also have a range of our delicious organic beef, lamb and sausages, on sale in the Forty Hall Farm Shop – including packs of sausagemeat (perfect for sausage rolls!) and chipolatas. As well as our own produce, we have a host of Christmas food and some lovely books and gifts.
Click here to see the festive opening hours of the Forty Hall Farm Shop.
Yes it’s that time of year again, as we gear up for our ever-popular afternoon of festive wreath-making.
Join is on Sunday 11th December 2016 as we forage for the best holly and ivy that Enfield has to offer! Come along for a walk around the Farm and see how our animals are settling down for winter, with a special map to direct you to all the best holly and ivy.
Visit our Orchard’s Facebook page to see some of the brilliant creations from last year’s event!
Gather materials along the way, then bring them along to our Black Barn where you can make a festive wreath to take home. The day will be suitable for families and children of all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.
There will also be mulled wine and warm juice, mince pies and sausage rolls to keep you warm on your tramp around the Farm.
Please bring scissors or secateurs, and gloves if you have them. Secateurs will be available to borrow for a small deposit. Don’t forget your wellies!
12pm – 4pm. £4 entry, for each wreath made. Children under 16yrs free.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be holding another mushroom hunting walk this autumn, on Saturday 26th November 2016 (10am – 1pm). Join us for a fungi foray, as we take in the fields and woodlands of Forty Hall Farm and discover just how many wild treats our local countryside has to offer.
This guided walk will show you the incredible diversity of fungi – strange forms, fantastic colours and unlike any plant – and will be an opportunity to explain the key role of fungi in the environment.
You’ll observe and understand the three main methods by which fungi survive – as parasites, as saprophytes and as mycorrhizal partners with trees. Last but not least, you will see examples (hopefully!) of edible fungi, and learn how to safely identify and pick edible species, as well as looking at how to recognize and avoid the poisonous varieties! Finally, caution will be stressed about the need for accuracy of identification, especially for consumption, and the danger of collecting for consumption from contaminated sites.
The walk will last about three hours and will be led by Clifford Davy. Clifford has over 29 years of mycological experience and has led more than 180 public fungal forays and run roughly 90 fungus identification course. He was the mycological consultant to the Horniman Museum for six years and he currently co-owns Forest Foragers (link to: www.forestforagers.co.uk), a company that runs wild food courses.
Places are £40 per person, plus an online booking fee. Refreshments will be provided and there are a maximum of fifteen places on the walk.
Click here to buy your ticket.