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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!


9th November 2010

The rain's falling, the wind's howling, and we're all knee deep in mud (apart from the animals, who are snug in the stables). It's the start of another closed season at Totnes Rare Breeds.

Visitors sometimes ask why the farm has to close. We really wish we could stay open, but a glance now would tell you why. And, of course, if we didn't close, when would all the exciting improvements get done? There are plenty of plans afoot for next year, and although we won't tell you too much, they involve lots of wildlife watching, more weather-proof areas, and some cute furry rodents. By Easter Totnes Rare Breeds will be even better, (but not bigger), than before.

Before we disappear into the mire, everyone would like to say well done to all those who took part in a very successful Art Day on the Thursday of half term. The rain held off and the atmosphere was lovely - check out the photos below.


16th October 2010

Get arty and crafty this half term with the last Art Day of the season. Head down to the farm on to make clay models of your favourite animals, fill your sketch book (provided) with pictures of the farm, or create and decorate a home for solitary bees.

All the animals will be posing for you...but watch out for Timmy and Treacle chewing your paper!

Led by local illustrator Paula Cloonan, this promises to be a great day out, with creative opportunities for all ages. Art materials will be provided, and normal entry charges apply.