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Head down to Totnes Rare Breeds on Sunday 7th August for the 2011 Art Day.

With local illustrator Paula Cloonan on-hand to offer guidance and tips, they'll be enough going on to occupy arty crafty people of all ages, all day:

- Sketch books and drawing boards will be handed out, with pencils, pens and watercolours available to capture that magical picture. Settle down on a straw bale to sketch your favourite animal, paint the green landscape of the farm, or doodle a beautiful flower.

- Make a bird feeder out of a milk bottle, decorate it, then take it home and make lots of feathered friends.

- Choose an animal mask to decorate, then get busy with the glue. Will it be a white wooly sheep, a pink pig or a feathered owl? Yours to keep - who doesn't want to pretend to be a pig?

- Model your favourite animal out of clay, and take that home too.

- Contribute your drawing to our big Rare Breeds canvas - and don't forget to sign it!

All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish. All this for no extra cost, just the usual farm entry rates. So there's no excuse not to come down for a memorable, super-creative day.

Just watch out for the goats eating your artwork...

22nd June 2011

Thank you to everyone who put names in the box for our beautiful kid goats. Unless Tuppence has something she's not telling us all the babies have now been born.

The four girls are Bella, Bonnie, Buttons and Beatrice.

Five boys are Barrie, Billy, Brian and Bradley and Bertie.

It's the year of the Bs! So everyone start thinking up C names for 2012.

19th April 2011

There’s great excitement at Totnes Rare Breeds, as today sees the launch of ‘3 Great Attractions, One Amazing Day’: Devon’s new fun-packed day out. The farm is joining forces with two more of Devon’s leading attractions, the South Devon Railway and The Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, which together offer a full and varied day of activities, with something to appeal to almost everyone.

Today’s launch, just in time for the Easter break, will guide local press and prestigious visitors around the three attractions, taking them from the Otters and Butterflies at Buckfastleigh along the beautiful seven-mile Steam Railway before they arrive at the farm. Everyone at this end is hoping the guests will discover their inner child among bottle-fed lambs, cuddly owls and hungry, naughty goats.

Although joint tickets for the three attractions have been available for years, the three attractions are now concentrating on pooling their resources to promote this great family day out, which offers great value for money

‘We just want people to chill out’ explained Barrie Tolley, owner of Totnes Rare Breeds. ‘Relax, we’re going to show you a beautiful part of the world, whilst doing our utmost to make sure every member of the family is entertained. This is about the good things: stunning scenery and charming animals, plus lovely food, free parking, and friendly staff. This is not about driving around with bored children in the back trying to decide what to do next’.

30th March 2011

Just a reminder that Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Cafe open for the season on Saturday 9th April. The paint is out, the lambs are arriving thick and fast, (eight at last count), and chicks are already tapping out of their shells.

So come down and see us over the Easter holidays. We are open every day through to October, 10am - 5pm.


22nd December 2010

Could it be a white Christmas?

Well it snowed at Totnes Rare Breeds five days ago and nothing has changed since. The ground is still completely covered, with no signs of the temperature rising until boxing day. So it looks like it might indeed be a white Christmas for all the animals. Everyone's tucked up inside piles of extra straw, with waters being continually defrosted.

Lots of beautiful photos have been taken by the volunteers over the last few days. Check out the goats eating their steaming porridge breakfast ('just right' for a cold winter morning), and look at the santa special disappearing in its own steam. The goats even made it into the local papers with their unusual breakfast.

Everyone on the farm would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all the visitors and volunteers who we miss so much during the closed season. We can't wait to see you after the thaw!