OPENING & CLOSING TIMES
Winter (October to May)
10:30 to 16:00 (Last entry 15:15)
Summer (June to September)
10:30 to 17:00 (Last entry 16:15)
*These times are subject to favourable weather conditions.
The Charge for entry is £1 for each adult - Please have the exact change for the number of adults. (For full details of Entry Fees, including for Groups, see centre column)
The Farm Bazaar
Our on-site fundraising Bazaar is open most Saturday
afternoons, some Sunday mornings,each bank holiday
(except Xmas) throughout the week during school holidays,
and on our Open Day.
We have a choice of bric-a-brac, porcelain, collectables,
curios,souvenirs, new and used childrens' toys,fishing nets,
windmills, books (fiction, non fiction, biography and
autobiography,children and teenage, specialist) household
items,souvenirs, paintings pictures and various other new
and nearly new items. Also indoor and outdoor plants and
apples from our orchard - in season.
Unlike the Supermarkets, we cannot do a price check
or make guarantees, but we reckon that we compete
very favourably with the High Street Charity Shops!
Because we do not have overheads and salaries costs,
100% of the income from the Bazaar goes directly into
the Charity's funds and is used exclusively to assist
with the purchase of feedstuffs for the livestock.
Come and have a browse.
Donation of Goods
We are heavily reliant upon much appreciated donations of bric-a-brac, books, cuddly and
all other toys, collectables, pictures, household goods, unwanted jewellery, and interesting
items in a saleable condition to sell in the Bazaar for our funds. A full 100% of the takings go
towards feeding the livestock. When the Bazaar is closed, please take items down
to the Farmyard (right-hand gate inside main entrance to the Urban Farm itself) Please
we do not want TV's, Fridges, Computers or similar.
PUT THE FLAGS OUT !
THE URBAN FARM REOPENED ON SATURDAY 25th JULY at 1030 hrs
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Please read the following fully before you arrive and note that we can only accept CASH for your entry so you must come with the exact amount for the number of Adults in your group (£1 only for each Adult with no charge for accompanied children)
We are pleased to announce that the Farm will be open once more as detailed above and we will be pleased to welcome
our regular visitors, and new ones alike, for what we hope will be a fine weather weekend to start us off on a good note.
In line with our obligations in respect of Government guidelines for a Project of our type, please expect the following for the health and safety of you, our visitors, and our volunteer management alike:
Even though we have lost essential income during the enforced closure, the Entrance Charge of £1 for each adult (with no charge for accompanied children) is being held for the medium term, but there will be an additional Donations Box for kind visitors to give us extra financial support at this time plus our on-line Funding Appeal (go to - The Big Give Woodgate - to subscribe) is to continue.
- Sanitisation station inside the Entrance Gate. It is essential for you to use the hand Gel provided
- Follow the one way system indicated as you go around, and as you leave.
- Respect social distancing, which we suggest as the 2 metre rule, easily carried out in an open area. Keep that distance from other family groups, or other individuals at all times. To this end we will assist by limiting entry at very busy times (e.g. a warm August Bank Holiday!)
- It is ESSENTIAL that children are kept under close control, and with the family 'bubble' throughout the visit; they must NOT run ahead, or about, inside. This will be strictly enforced and if ignored, the individuals may be asked to leave. Sitting or rolling on the grass is forbidden.
- Sanitation station at the Exit Gate. You are invited to use the Gel provided.
- We will be sanitising appropriate surfaces after closure each day.
- Your cooperation with these necessary but essential procedures, will be much appreciated both by us, and other visitors.
FARM BAZAAR REOPENING ON SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST AT 1300 HRS
(and on most days through the traditional August Summer Holiday Period)
Although we would prefer to see our Charity Bazaar full of visitors, we must carefully follow Government Guidelines
in order to ensure the safety of Visitors and our Voluntary Staff alike. Please bear with us and be aware of
- Face masks must be worn to allow entry to the Bazaar from the outer Farm area
- Controlled entry has to be enforced in a small building
- Number of entrants allowed into the Bazaar will be posted outside
and managed by our Volunteer Doorkeeper
- One small family group allowed, to a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children
at any one time
- No unsupervised Children.
- As with entry to the Farm itself, we have no card payment system
and purchases are made by Cash Only please.
We appreciate, and have been encouraged by the cooperation of Visitors to the Farm itself since reopening
and will rely upon goodwill and patience in respect of those also visiting the Bazaar.
THE BIG GIVE WOODGATE............
is exactly what to log onto on-line if you are able to assist us financially with a Donation during this difficult time
Although we are reopening the outside areas again, essential income for hire of our Unit for parties and meetings
will continue to be lost for the foreseeable future. Extra help in this way would be very much appreciated, and
assist in the feeding and health of our Livestock. We do hope to re-open the Farm Bazaar shortly, but entry
to this will be much restricted because it is a confined inside space area, so this will result once again in
In this connection, we cannot thank enough those kind and supportive people who have already donated to
The Big Give Woodgate appeal over the past few months. We really appreciate it. You are all Stars!
WHY NOT VISIT OUR ON-LINE BAZAAR SALES POINT
Click onto our FACEBOOK PAGE at the top corner of this Home page for on-line sales and special bargains
set up whilst our Farm Bazaar has been closed . When the Bazaar does re-open we may continue to offer
this on-line service if it remains popular, especially for special items offers too large to find room for in
the Bazaar itself.
Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is a Registered Charity dedicated to offering a range of practical work and volunteering experience for those within our local community. There is a special emphasis upon young people suffering from social exclusion, and elements of the Project provide a focus for rehabilitation into the local community through hands - on work giving a variety of basic competences including livestock management, horticultural and conservation activity, and improved social and life skills.
The Farm Project is managed and supervised entirely by unpaid Volunteers from the local community on a day to day basis, with an overview by eight Trustee/Directors. The Farm is also a Registered Company Limited by Guarantee (Without Share Capital). Copies of our Annual Reports and Accounts may be viewed through either the Charity Commission or Companies House Websites.
Although the Farm holds and manages land within the Country Park under licence from Birmingham City Council, it is not a Council facility, and does not receive any grant funding from the local authority. Our continuation relies entirely upon donations from the general public, grant giving trusts, benefactors, service level agreements and partnerships. Our Area of Benefit as a Charity radiates for seven and a half mile from the site, not only into Birmingham but also into Sandwell and the Black Country.
In addition to our main responsibilities (and although we are not primarily a public facility) we also open the Farm to the general public as casual visitors to view the result of our core work and involvement with our placements, and to benefit from using it as a resource displaying good livestock management and practice. For individuals and families there is a formal entry charge of £1 for each and every adult but for accompanying children under 18 there is no charge. For School and other Groups (including playgroups) there is an inclusive formal charge of £20 covering up to 30 children plus their accompanying teachers/other adults i.e. an average class (with a further £15 for each portion of 30 children after that). Such Groups MUST book in advance (Refer to Contact details above.
The Farm is designated as a Non-Animal Contact Project within current Health & Safety Guidelines as laid down by The Health & Safety Executive, and as applicable to establishments with livestock which are open the public. This means we cannot allow any form of contact with the animals by general visitors. The only contact is by supervised placements and staff. For health and safety reasons we do not allow visitors to bring food onto site for either human or animal consumption. We strictly enforce a ‘no picnics’ and ‘no animal feeding’ policy which all visitors have to comply with as a condition of entry.
As a Registered Smallholding we are regularly inspected by DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) in respect of our legal responsibilities for livestock livestock, and by the Animal Welfare Officer of Birmingham City Council in respect of associated Regulations.
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