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**PUBLIC NOTICE**

We continue to be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19. We will announce on here and on social media when we have a date for reopening.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Please follow us our social media platforms for updates on our animals [Facebook, Twitter and Instagram].

 

Farm Update

Shearing

Our fabulous shearer has been and sheared all the sheep so everyone is feeling much better now!

Thanks to Rachel and James Metcalfe from Greenhills Pedigree North Country Cheviot.

New Arrivals!

New Sheep

We have a new tup at the farm [boy sheep]. He is called Flynn and is a Manx Loaghtan. As you can see he has 3 rather large horns! Manx Loaghtan are classed as rare breed due to low population numbers.

New Meerkats

We have a new mob of Meerkats from Greenacre Animal Park in Wales. We have 8 new meerkats. They consist of 2 girls Yzma and Ursula and 6 boys Gaston, Scar, Jafar, Hook, Hopper and Hans! We can’t wait until we can reopen for you all to see them! Don’t worry we still have Twinkle and Montgomery, our original meerkats, they are very happy but obviously live separately to the new mob to avoid any territorial disputes.

Free Teaching Resources Available!

While we have been closed, we have been trying to think of new ways to engage with children while school visits are cancelled. We decided to make lots of videos to show off our animals and their characters and to bring our farm into the classroom. We put a post on our Facebook page asking teachers to get in touch if they wanted some free resources. We were totally inundated and had requests from all over the UK, Europe, the Middle East and even as far away as the Philippines and New Zealand!

We have had some lovely feedback and was even featured on BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Look North!

The videos we have made are all below:

Virtual Farm Tour video:
https://youtu.be/yjQKl7xDS6Q
How We Look After Our Animals video:
https://youtu.be/YHi4bwFc1KQ
 
Classification video:
Animal Diets [Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore]
‘I Wrote to the Farm to send me a Pet’ video [based on the amazing Dear Zoo book by Rod Campbell]
there’s gaps after each animal so children can guess why that farm animal would be an unsuitable pet.
Old Macdonald themed video: [apologies for my voice, I wanted my 3yr old to sing it, but she wasn’t feeling it that day haha!]

https://youtu.be/T3dDW0RblXU

Nursery Rhyme Collection (with Rachel from Baby and Toddler Singalong and Sign)

Answering Children’s Questions video [New!] 

All our free resources are available on our Facebook page, click the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/224446247592285/posts/3567618446608365/

 

While we are still closed, why not follow us on TikTok!

Please click the link below to see the rest of our TikTok videos 🙂

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSHuboqF/

About Wigfield Farm

Wigfield Farm is set in Worsbrough, Barnsley and has three main functions:

  • A working farm producing livestock
  • A base for Barnsley College Horticulture and Animal Management courses
  • An Open Farm and Visitors Centre accessible to the local and wider community

A large part of the practical tasks during the week are actually undertaken by students following one of our many programmes of study giving them a real working environment to develop their skills and knowledge.

The farm is situated approximately 2 miles south-west of Barnsley next to Worsbrough Country Park. It is near to the Dove Valley Trail section of the Trans-Pennine Trail, and provides a perfect visitor attraction for adults and children.

We have a wide range of animals including meerkats, cows, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and much more. There is also a rodent room and an aquatics room featuring many different varieties of fish and other aquatic life.

Our students take a walk on the wild side in our exotics room where they care for and study a variety of reptiles. Although this area isn’t open to the public, you can view our reptiles, snakes and lizards at public events or as part of a VIP animal experience.

The farm operates a café serving light lunches, snacks and refreshments as well as a varied souvenir shop.

Part-Time Courses

We hold a number of short courses at Wigfield Farm throughout the year. For information on all our courses please visit Barnsley College’s Animal Care  and Horticulture page.

Opening Times

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday CLOSED
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED

Find Us

Haverlands Lane,
Worsbrough,
Barnsley,
South Yorkshire,
S70 5NQ

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