Our Working Farm
We're a real working farm on hills that overlook the city.
Whirlow Hall Farm is a 140 acre working farm sandwiched between Sheffield and the Peak District. It is run by a small team of staff, supported by a number of experienced and enthusiastic volunteers. To ensure it can deliver the variety needed for our charitable and educational programmes it has a wide variety of livestock and growing spaces, including:
- a flock of sheep that produce over 150 lambs each Spring
- outdoor pigs and a high welfare indoor pig unit housing our breeding sows
- a small herd of beef cattle
- free-range hens kept for egg laying
- free ranging turkeys for sale at Christmas
- ponies and livery
- goats, rabbits and guinea pigs
- vegetables and fruit grown in the fields and polytunnels
- Pick Your Own strawberries and raspberries
- a vineyard (the most northerly charity vineyard in Britain?!)
- an orchard of heritage fruit trees
- fields for silage, haylage and hay production - and for our children to run in!
We are a real working farm with machinery, large animals and some very grumpy geese – so we have to make sure our visitors are looked after and safe. For that reason, public visits to the wider farm, away from the Bottom Yard, are restricted to guided tours at weekends and holidays. But don't worry, we run them throughout the day.