The Farm at Tatton Park

The 40 acre working farm is set in a corner of the park known as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estate feeding family, guests and staff at the Mansion, as well as servicing the park and the outlying properties. We've brought this story to life through our fascinating 'Field to Fork' project.

There is so much for families and grown-ups to do:

  • Explore the impressive 18th Century Mill - find out more on a guided tour and watch the historic machinery in action
  • Talk to characters from the past and present like Aunt Mary making butter in the Caretaker's Cottage
  • Listen to soundscapes in the Slaughterhouse - learn how slaughter was carried out in the past and about good animal husbandry today. (Please note that this part of the visitor experience is optional and may not be suitable for all ages)
  • Enjoy food demonstrations demonstrations such as cheese making and experience traditional farming techniques including horse ploughing, hand milking, and hedlaying. 

The woodland trail, den building, seasonal maize maze and all-weather tractor play areas bring young imaginations to life, and there are lots of seasonal events and rare breed animals to enjoy. The Farm is also a great setting for a children's party - fun and hands-on!

Field to Fork project at the Farm

Our Farm was redeveloped in 2018 thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has helped us to open up previously closed areas of the Farm (such as the Mill), restore original machinery and bring to life characters from the past to introduce our fascinating Field to Fork story. Take a self guided tour around the Farm with our Field to Fork App.farm homepage collage new

Farm Gift Shop

You will find the Farm Gift Shop next to the Farm entrance. Choose from a wide choice of gifts and souvenirs, ideal for presents, treats or a reminder of your visit.

Become a Farm volunteer

The Farm has a small group of volunteers who work in a variety of roles around the Farm. More recently we have opportunities to help out in a living history role, engaging with our visitors as 'Aunt Mary' churning butter in her 1940's cottage, Land Army girl Nancy Pringle explaining milking in Shippon, working with our Shire horses as a Teamsman or organising the busy estate as the Land Agent - especially during school holidays and weekends when we are busiest.

Please contact Elly Edwards if you are interested in joining our group. Email Eleanor.edwards@cheshireeast.gov.uk


A Rare Breeds Farm

In January 2007, the Farm was awarded Rare Breeds Accreditation by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) - the leading conservation charity working to restore Britain’s native livestock breeds. It is one of only 17 farm parks in the UK to have received the award which recognises their commitment to the conservation, breeding and promotion of rare or endangered breeds of farm animals. Learn more about rare breeds at Tatton Park here. 

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