Relaxed smallholding courses
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The courses
  • Our one-day courses run from 10am till 4pm, our afternoon courses from 1pm till 4,30pm and all begin with drinks and introductions.
  • Lunch is provided on our full day courses. It will usually be a ploughman's type of lunch and include some of our own produce, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • All courses end with tea and cake and a final chance to ask questions.
  • We keep numbers low taking no more than 8 for any one course. We welcome children on our bespoke Family courses; for all other courses, participants must be over 16.
Getting here/ Accommodation
  • If you come by car, parking is on our drive-in/ drive-out drive - please park as close as you can to the cars already there so we can fit everyone in!
  • You can get to us via train and taxi – our nearest station is Eggesford, you would need to get to Exeter and then go north on the Tarka line towards Barnstaple. We are a 10 minute taxi ride from Eggesford.
  • If you need to stay overnight before or after the course (or both), there are plenty of choices of hotels/ guest houses in Chulmleigh (10 minutes south of us) or South Molton (25 minutes north). A list of some places in the area can be found here.
  • Click here for a map and photos of where we are.
Health and Safety
  • Please wear clothes you will be okay to have nibbled, slobbered on or covered in mud BUT for bio-security reasons, ensure they aren’t pre-slobbered! Similarly, clean wellies or boots are required! Indoor shoes will be needed for when we go in the house. If the weather is wet, you may want to consider a spare set of clothes – just in case!!
  • Smallholdings can be dangerous places and even the best trained animals (or even inanimate objects) can be unpredictable. We strongly advise that you read our full health and safety guidelines BEFORE you make your booking. On the day of the courses we will talk through basic health and safety guidelines as part of our introduction and then ask you to sign our course register.
  • As well as all our livestock, we have five dogs and two cats – you really do need to like dogs and cats to come on our courses – we suggest that pockets are emptied of dog treats mind you (not that you would be mugged…).
Payment and Cancelations
  • Payment should be made as soon as you receive our confirmation email (see Bookings tab for full details). We will hold your place for 48 hours until payment is made, after that we cannot guarantee to hold your place.
  • We really hope you don’t have to cancel but understand that sometimes life gets in the way... we reserve the right to retain a small admin fee of £10 if you do cancel as long as you give us at least 7 days notice. For cancelations made within 7 days of a course we will retain 50% of the course fee unless a replacement participant can be found! If you cancel less than 48 hours before a course, we regret that no refund can be given.
  • We will do OUR utmost not to have to cancel a course, our first priority will be to arrange another date but failing that (if either we cannot arrange a date or you really cannot make the new one), full refunds will be given!
Post course support
  • We offer continuous support to all course attendees via email and phone and also strongly advise you join the Facebook group @Celebrating Smallholding UK (set up by me and now managed by a dedicated Admin team) where you will find a wealth of information and guidance and some seriously helpful fellow smallholders.
  • If you choose to sign up to our mailing list, you will receive occasional (not too many to annoy you) emails with details of new courses as well as updates to all our websites.
Full Health and Safety guidelines
When we invite visitors onto our smallholding we want you to have a fabulous time and we also want our animals to enjoy your visit too. Your health and safety is just as important as the animals' health and safety and as such, we operate very strict health and safety guidelines.

BEFORE ENTERING THE SMALLHOLDING, we will ask all visitors to do the following:
  • Check that the clothes you are wearing are both clean and appropriate for meeting and greeting animals.
  • Wash your hands under running water, using the disinfectant soap we provide.
  • Dip your wellington boots in our foot bath of disinfectant.
  • Make sure that any children won't need to leave half way through the tour for a toilet break.

ALL ANIMALS (AND MOST HUMANS!!) CARRY GERMS AND BACTERIA and some of these can be transmitted between the two (e.g. E.coli, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter and Salmonella). The following advice is therefore given:
  • Hands must be washed under running water using our disinfectant soap, both before and after handling any of the animals.
  • Children should be told NOT to put their hands in their mouths whilst they are with the animals.
  • Kissing the animals and/or allowing any animal to lick you or your children is NOT encouraged.
  • No food must be taken onto the smallholding itself apart from feed we provide.
  • If you or your children have any kind of wounds or open cuts, these should be covered up.
  • Children should be told not to put their hands in any of the water troughs or pick up any of the straw bedding on the floor in the barn or field shelters.
  • As we have sheep and goats, we don't recommend coming onto our smallholding if you are pregnant. Sheep and goats can be infected with an organism called Chlamydia Psittaci, which, albeit rarely, 'can' cause miscarriage in women.

CHILDREN AND ANIMALS ARE A FABULOUS COMBINATION, to ensure that both sides have the best possible experience, we request the following:
  • NO running at all, anywhere..
  • Voices should be kept to a minimum volume
  • Any touching of the animals must be based on the advice given at the start of the tour (this will be reiterated as you meet each type of animal), e.g. alpacas hardly like to be touched at all and will shy away or even kick/spit if advances are made (although ours very rarely do the latter); most animals don't like being touched on the very top of their heads and/or they see it as an invitation to 'play' head-butting!!

SMALLHOLDINGS CAN CONTAIN MANY POTENTIAL HAZARDS, please be mindful of the following:
  • Some of our fences have barbed wire across the top of them.
  • We may have some electrical fencing in place, this will be clearly identified.
  • Fields and paddocks will contain uneven ground and the ground may be wet and slippy in places.
  • Gates must be left as they were found, whether opened or closed. Care should be taken when handling gate fastenings.
  • Smallholding tools will all be in 'their place' and should not be handled at all.
  • We have 'goat playgrounds' set up for our kids and lambs: these are NOT for human enjoyment!!!
  • We advise staying together as a group at all times.
  • Farm machinery, trailers and storage areas are not play areas.

AT THE END OF THE TOUR
  • Hands must be washed under running water using our disinfectant soap.
  • If necessary boots can be rinsed before changing back into ordinary shoes.
Relaxed Smallholding courses
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