The Folly Farm Centre is just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bristol yet, set on the foothills of the Mendips with sweeping views across the Chew Valley, it has a rural tranquility and unspoilt beauty that is a world away from hectic city life.
When I was a kid, a friend and I discovered a Wurzels album in his dad’s record collection (this was in the days of vinyl, and we’d listen it at 45rpm and imagine that it was being played by mice, but that’s bye-the-bye). There was a song on it called ‘Down in Nempnett Thrubwell’.
An exciting nightlife is what makes Folly Farm the place to be for leading bat expert Richard Crompton. And recently the farm delivered a career highlight. Working with colleagues in Folly Farm’s woodlands, a routine training session turned out to be less than run-of-the-mill.
Britain’s not a big country - the ‘Great’ was affixed simply to differentiate if from the ‘Little’, over the channel, now known as Brittany - and England itself is, and can certainly sometimes feel, terribly overpopulated. Yet there are pockets of it that can feel huge, that draw on its staggering antiquity and, somehow, translate depth and extent of history into physical space…
By adventure sports and travel journalist, Alf Alderson…
‘Team building’ – that would involve off-roading and general mayhem, wouldn’t it? Well not if you choose to enjoy your team building exercise at Folly Farm Centre in the Chew Valley.
Take the Shepherding for example. How could rounding up sheep be of any help in the cut and thrust of the business world? Especially when it turns out that it’s you and your team members who will be the ‘sheepdogs’, rounding up a flock of real sheep!