SOUTH Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) is pleased to support Folly Farm Centre by installing a defibrillator.
Folly Farm was identified as an ideal location due to its rural location, coupled with the hundreds of wedding guests, conference delegates and school groups that pass through the Centre on a weekly basis. This is in addition to many local people that enjoy walks in Avon Wildlife Trust’s 250-acre Folly Farm nature reserve.
My name is Julie Doherty and I am the Community Groups and Partnerships Manager for Avon Wildlife Trust. It’s been eight months since I took on the old market garden at Folly Farm and since then, we’ve transformed the site.
As the days grow longer and the chill in the air makes way for warming sunshine, Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm nature reserve and Folly Farm Centre are ready to welcome in springtime!
Come and join us for a range of exciting events:
on Sunday 6 April, 2.30pm to 4pm
Join wildlife musicians Poco Drom for a different take on Easter eggs! Instead of chocolate, discover what creatures lay eggs, before heading to a secret woodland location where the spring celebrations will begin, with animal songs, stories and animal-themed dancing. You just need to bring you wild side!
Family Badger Watch
on Sunday 13 April, 7pm to 9pm
Nature expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring will help you discover the reserved after sundown. As you learn more about the wildlife in the reserve, you will head up to Foll’s badger set to quietly watch in anticipation of seeing a family of badgers!
on Saturday 3 May, 4.30am to 6.30am
Nature expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring will lend his expertise so that you truly enjoy the cacophony of the dawn chorus.
Midsummer Night Safari*
on Saturday 21 June to Sunday 22 June, 8pm to 5am
Dismiss sleep for the night, as you amble the night away through the reserve, tracking wildlife and gazing upon the stars.
Tickets for the above events (apart from the Midsummer Night Safari) cost: Adult £5; Adult and Child £7; Family £10.
*The Midsummer Night Safari details and costs will be updated shortly
For full details on Avon Wildlife Trust events, please visit: www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk
If you want to extend your visit to Folly Farm, why not make the most of it and stay the night at Folly Farm Centre? Self-catering studios are available at just £50 a night, even in the school holidays!
To enquire about booking your night away, please email: info@follyfarmcentre or call us on: 01275 331590
We are very excited about Feed Folly- a new community food-growing project based here at Folly Farm Centre. The project will teach volunteers about growing healthy food and improving health and well-being, as well as encouraging wildlife into the garden.
The last two weeks has seen the project buzzing with community groups. The ‘Bee Team’ from Chew Valley School visited to assess the site for their ‘Bee Garden’; Bishop Sutton Primary School have learnt about organic gardening and design; young people from Tomorrow’s People Charity have made new benches; and the regular group from the Brandon Trust enjoyed an afternoon of gardening.
Excess vegetables from the garden will be used to cook up delicious food for our visitors, whether this is a conference delegate, wedding guest or school group! This means our goal at reducing food miles is getting better and better, with food picked straight from the garden and onto dinner plates in no time at all!
Would you like to support the project?
Monday 17 February saw the team here at Folly Farm Centre swop raincoats and welly boots for dresses and tuxedos!
This is because Monday night was Destination Bristol’s fourth annual Tourism and Hospitality Awards, wonderfully hosted by Downsy at Bristol’s Jack FM.
We were finalists in the Business Tourism category and (although we unfortunately didn’t win this year) it was fantastic to meet up with everyone that makes Bristol such a fantastic place to visit.
A big thank you needs to go out to the team at Destination Bristol for organising such a great night, here’s to another fantastic year!
For more information on things to see and do in Bristol, please visit www.visitbristol.co.uk. Of course, don’t forget to visit the countryside surrounding Bristol too, with a stay at Folly Farm (from just £50 a night!).
Brighten up your February by joining us for an evening of art, wine and canapés on Tuesday 25 February, 7pm to 9pm!
Accomplished artist, Lucy Routh, will be exhibiting her vibrant collection of still-life framed prints and greeting cards. This provides your chance to meet the artist in person, view her work and enjoy the surroundings of the Centre, with a glass of wine and canapés in front of the roaring log fire!
Guided tours of the Centre will also be available on the night.
The evening is FREE to attend but pre-booking is advised, so we know how many canapés to order!
Folly Farm’s a great base for cycling enthusiasts - both beginners and experience cyclists - come and stay in the farmhouse or self-catering studios - or rent the entire property with your cycling group. To give you a flavour of what to expect when you visit, cycling and adventure writer - Kerry O’Neill- has been exploring the Chew Valley by bike…
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’.