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Feather Down Farm Days (Readyfields Farm)

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Because Readyfields encompasses many creatures, great and small, ours is a big extended brood that welcomes you with open arms.

As well as our pets, Digger the Jack Russell; horse Brian; Dinky, Dash and Daisy, our donkeys, living among us for 31 years are the Readyfields bloodhounds. A friendly bunch, they provide puppies between April and July, and we have a big playpen where our guests can enjoy them. The hounds also happily accompany a bike ride once a week, (until the end of August) which a traffic-stopping spectacle and on the last weekend in July we host an annual puppy and hound show, complete with hog roast and afternoon tea. During the summer there are sheep to be shorn and calves and lambs to be bottle-fed twice daily, as well as our pig Peppa to be tended to.

There's plenty to do at the farm including a large trampoline for the children’s use but should you want to explore further afield you can meet all sorts of animals - from llamas to wallabies - at White Post Farm Park, or attend events year-round at Newark Showground, including antiques fairs and May's county town. There are also towns big and small, from the historic city of Lincoln to the quaint minster town of Southwell, home of the Bramley apple. There are also local pubs serving great food, including the Caunton Beck, just a mile away, and the Plough at Norwell, three miles down the road.

The Boddy family have farmed at Readyfields for three generations, and we (David and Lesley) now reside here with our three daughters, Leah, Alice and Maisie. Long Leas is the field where you'll stay in one of our five tents, and it bursts into bloom in the spring, when it lights up with yellow dandelions and buttercups. In the evenings you can often glimpse rabbits, lapwings, brown hares, badgers, foxes, and roe and muntjac deer. Twenty minutes' walk along the footpath outside the tents brings you to Winkburn Hall and its sleepy hamlet and 13th century church, which is associated with St John of Jerusalem.

Younger guests are well catered for at Readyfields. As well as all the animals to meet, groom, feed and play with, new for 2012, we also have a brand new giant trampoline, a mega tyre swing and a huge sandpit for some very free, very messy play. There's also the articulated John Deere tractor, 'Big Foot', which is David's pride and joy!

Our farm is also pretty slap bang in the middle of England. 15 minutes from the A1, 30 from the M1, it is an hour from Birmingham and two and half from the M25. Even quicker is the train to nearby Newark from Kings Cross, a mere 80 minute journey.

Our farm larder is well stocked, with everything from fresh milk from the local neighbouring farm, to fresh breads and homemade cakes, ready meals, meats from the local butcher and award-winning local ice cream.

We are also licensed, and stock local wine and beer to enjoy around your campfire with an accompaniment of toasted marshmallows. The neighbouring dairy farm, who supplies our milk, has a newly-opened ice cream parlour and tea room that is within walking distance.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at Readyfields due to the bloodhounds. Horses can be stabled by arrangement.

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