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Explore food, farming and the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside on a visit to Sacrewell Heritage Farm and Country Centre. We’ve got plenty to keep your family entertained, with animals to meet, outdoor spaces to discover, a recently restored 18th century watermill and a large indoor soft play centre. As part of the William Scott Abbott Trust, we’d like to invite you to take a breath of fresh air in our favourite place.
Sacrewell’s Outdoor Spaces Open for Exercise and Recreation During Lockdown Update
Like many other attractions, we will be closing our shops, indoor play centre and rare breed animal areas until December. As a charity, we are of course incredibly disappointed, but understand why this is essential to help save lives, protect the NHS and reduce the spread of Covid-19.
We know how tough the second lockdown will be for people’s mental health and well-being and, in line with the Government’s guidance, people are encouraged to get exercise and recreation with members of their own household.
Sacrewell spans over 55 acres of countryside and public open space. Some areas are permitted to remain open and continue to be used by individuals or households for outdoor exercise and recreation during the lockdown.
Helping people to enjoy the countryside is part of our charitable objectives, so while we do not expect to cover our costs by doing this, we feel that we need to play our part by opening our outdoor spaces as much as permitted to support people with their exercise during this challenging time.
Therefore, after seeking advice, from Saturday 7th November we will open these permitted outdoor spaces at Sacrewell during the lockdown period. All other areas of Sacrewell will, however, need to be closed and restrictions will be in place.
There will be no admission fee. However, we will be significantly limiting the numbers of people to make sure households are not mixing and strict social distancing can be maintained.
There will, however, be a charge to use our car park of £10 per vehicle to help us cover some of our ongoing maintenance costs. A portion of the car park will also be reserved each day for annual pass holders who can use the car park free of charge. Please visit our website to book your car parking pass Car parking booking
To help us control numbers, all car parking, including annual pass holders, will need to be pre-booked online and reserved prior to your visit. People will be able to attend during the following session times each day:
· 9.00am – 11.00am
· 11.30am – 1.30pm
· 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To control numbers, we sadly will not be able to allow walk-ins or people arriving without a pre-booked parking reservation.
In line with the guidelines, limited takeaway food and drink will also be available from Origin8 Café.
This will be in place until 2nd December when we hope to be able reopen the whole of Sacrewell for visitors again.
We wish you all the very best during these difficult times, and encourage you to get outdoors for exercise, wherever it might be, as much as you can do in the coming weeks.
Thank you very much for your support during recent months. We look forward to opening Sacrewell properly again for visitors in December.
FAQs and Clarifications
What will I be able to do at Sacrewell during lockdown?
· Permitted Wildlife and nature walks
· Designated walking areas
· Use of 4 outdoor play areas (Trek, New play area, Café play area, and the Fallen Tree)
· Café takeaway service
What will be closed at Sacrewell during lockdown?
· Visitors centre
· Seating in the Café (takeaway service only)
· Farmhouse and Mill House
· Stream Play area
· No access to the animals
On entrance to Sacrewell Farm we would very much appreciate if visitors would adhere to the following Lockdown guidelines in supporting us to give you a great visitor experience.
· Do not enter the park if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
· Adhere to our new parking layout, please follow signs
· Always follow Social Distancing guidelines
· Hands, Face, Space - Regular hand washing (handwash facilities are located around the farm site)
· Interaction and feeding of the animals is prohibited following government guidelines
· Please follow one-way system where applicable
· Parents and Guardians are responsible for their children at all times
· Only walk within your household or bubble.
· Parking fee is non refundable
· Anyone found not adhering to social distancing guidelines will be asked to leave with no refund given.
· Anyone that books an annual pass car parking ticket, all occupants must be annual pass holders. You must bring proof of your annual pass which will be checked on entry, failure to provide your annual pass will result in refused entry.
· To be fair and considerate to all annual pass holders, no block booking of tickets is permitted.
We will have a pre-booked ticketing system in place, with limited visit numbers who will be able to book either a morning or an afternoon session.
Great news, we are reopening our indoor play barn, however this comes with some changes and restrictions. We would kindly ask all our visitors for their ongoing support to adhere to the following new precautions set out for your own personal wellbeing and others using the site. Following the government guidelines, we will be restricting the number of visitors in sessions in the Playbarn, cleaning thoroughly between sessions to ensure the safety of our staff and public.
There will be exciting trails for visitors to take part in during their session, themed around the site’s history, heritage, rare breed farm animals and award-winning outdoor play.
General manager, Lee Scowen, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming families back onto the site, we’ve risk-assessed all possible outcomes in order for us to be able to reopen, in line with Government guidelines.
“In order to do so, we will be capping the number of people on-site at any one time, cleaning thoroughly between sessions and utilising the beautiful outdoor spaces that we have here at Sacrewell to create the wonderful experiences that our visitors are used to.”
Origin8 will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, offering a variety of pop-up options in the grounds of the farm, as well as, take away refreshments from the Origin8 cafe. Family picnic boxes are available to order on their website origin8delicafes.com
Lee Scowen said: “Despite the current circumstances, this is still going to be a really exciting year for Sacrewell Farm with some wonderful projects in process.”
Sessions will run from: 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00 and tickets must be pre-booked at www.sacrewell.org.uk
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If you have purchased our annual pass entry ticket, please ensure you bring your annual pass identification with you upon entry. If you wish to purchase a pass please visit – https://sacrewell.digitickets.co.uk/category/18036
When paying the donation price and if you are a UK taxpayer the Government will give The William Scott Abbott Trust an extra 25% on top of your kind donation, in lieu of the tax you have paid. It’s a rare opportunity to decide how your tax is spent. All of this money goes directly to the work of the William Scott Abbott Trust.
Tickets for admission to the farm should be purchased at the farm on the day of your visit. You can check the admission prices, or continue down the page for details of group bookings, camping bookings and tickets for our special events.
Plan your special celebration on the farm at Sacrewell. We’ve got a range of options, from exclusive use of our popular Playbarn to a private tractor ride. For more information on what we can offer, please visit the Birthday Parties page
Book by calling us on 01780 782254 or by emailing us.
We run workshops in rural skills, food, farming and traditional crafts.
In keeping with the aims of the William Scott Abbott Trust, we like to support and share knowledge about traditional rural skills whenever we have the chance at Sacrewell. Previously we’ve had practical workshops on pruning apple trees, hedgelaying, Christmas wreath making and dry stone walling. All workshops include entry to the farm for the ticket holder unless otherwise stated.
Keep an eye on this website or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with upcoming workshops and events.
We are always keen to hear from providers who would like to work in collaboration with us. If you have a traditional rural skill that you would like to share, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our family friendly campsite is open from April until the end of October and accepts tents, caravans and motorhomes. Book yourself in for a room with a view.
The William Scott Abbott Trust aims to provide an agricultural education for all, so we’re always keen to work with school groups. Come for a teacher led visit, book our existing activity sessions or speak to us about developing a unique package that fits your curriculum needs. For more information visit the Schools page.
Book by calling us on 01780 782254 or by emailing us.
We welcome visits from community groups, coach tours and societies but request that you inform us in advance so we can prepare for your group and ensure everything runs smoothly. We offer a group rate on admissions for parties larger than 10. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a private tour or use our function room for an additional fee.
Enquire about our special group rate by calling us on 01780 782254 or by emailing us.