Open Farm Sunday
In June each year Farnless Farm Park will join with approximately 500 farms nationwide for one day to open our gates, for free, to anyone who wants to come along and see what we do. Open Farm Sunday is now in its fifth year and full information can be found at www.farmsunday.org
Come and see Bison and Red Deer! When – 10am till 4pm Activities – Guided tractor and trailer rides in the bison and deer park, see their newborn calves. Nature walks guided by Natural England. RSPB information stand. See the rhea, pygmy goats, potbellied pigs and peacocks. Display of heavy horses used in forestry. Pony rides for the children. BBQ. Crafts and Gift stall. Directions – Just outside the village of Bishop Middleham, turning by the lake.
Please be sure to bring appropriate clothing and drinking water if its a hot day.
New Peahen Arrives.
Our Tame Deer Calf
In November 2006, we got quite a surprise when on a cold, wet evening we found a newborn deer calf in the park area. This is completely unheard of and with the mother being so young and the weather so bad the calf had been abandoned. We rushed the calf up to the farm house where she lay by the Aga on the kitchen floor, and we tried to get her to drink some warm milk substitute, she cuddled up to our dogs over night in the kitchen and next morning was up on her feet.
She lived in the kitchen with us and dogs for 8 weeks before going outside to a pen in the barn. Her name is Henrietta and she is now a four month old deer that thinks she is a dog and is amazingly tame. If you have never seen a deer up close come and visit Henrietta she is beautiful and simply not scared so will come and want a cuddle!
In the long term Henryettia has been introduced back to the parkland with the rest of our herd where we hope she is a big bonus to us as deer will follow each other and we are hoping Henrietta will bring the herd to us! She has bred a calf each year since.