The Dale Family & Farm


Farmers are gardeners just on a bigger scale and far less pretty …

Whether it be February or July there is always something happening on the farm, our 500 acres of farm is working 24/7 so whether the sheep are being moved from one field to another, the kale being picked to go to our nationwide supermarkets or the wheat being harvested whenever you visit the farm you’ll be in for a surprise!

The Dale Family have been farming and living on Manor Farm since 1945. Manor Farm is located in the quaint village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. Our farm is used to grow grain, wheat, barley and oats while the other half is used to farm vegetables such as Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Black Kale and Cabbage farmed at a high level of proficiency.

On our farm are two Tithe Barns that were built by Westminster Abbey, who owned the farm for over 535 years, dating back to 1472. These barns were used as storage for the village Tithes, as old cow sheds and shire horse stalls, one of which we have converted into the Dale Farm Museum.  We like to invite our touring guests to experience our family’s history and land, perhaps you might put your hand towards learning a country art, learn how to make our traditional dry stone walls or learn how Robin became one of Prince Charles’s countryside champions at hedgelaying.

What you’re likely to see and when you visit…

January to March

Seeding and Ploughing over the winter. Our sheep are out in the fields eating the remains of the vegetables, fatning them up for lambing come late March and April.

April to June

Life on the farm has begun and everything is coming to life, the lambs will be out in the fields and all the barley and oats shall be growing rapidly. Over the winter our historic Stonewalls might need re-laying so it’s a great time to show our guests this unique skill.

July to September

A busy time on the farm harvesting, ploughing and reseeding. With our guests we can go out combining in the fields cutting the wheat late in the evening which is our favourite event of the Summer, picking black kale for dinner, and for young families bale jumping is sure to be a laugh!

October to December

The landscape is changing with the stunning foliage, and planting is beginning ready for the year ahead. Our brussel sprouts start to grow and are ready for picking in December, whilst up at the farm you might see Robin doing some hedgelaying!

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If you want to see real England and be immersed in true authentic experiences on our farm and other farms we use there are endless amounts of activities from food tours, horseback riding archery, pig racing, clay-pigeon shooting, feeding animals and hot air balloon flights; you name it we can do it and most likely have done it!

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