Alder Carr Farm is a lovely place for families to visit
There is a farm shop & deli selling their own and local produce and a cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea, with highchairs for little ones.
- There is also a courtyard craft centre with a pottery, gift shop, sugarcraft and garden shop.
- For the children there are some farm animals, a picnic and play area and a nature trail.
- We run regular Seasonal Food Events, please see our website for details.
- Families can also come and Pick Your Own fruit and veg during the summer.
The farm has been involved in Defra's Stewardship scheme for many years as a way of enhancing our natural environment but last year one of our tasks was to provide more access as a way of enhancing public enjoyment of the countryside. The farm nature trail takes you on a short walk through many different habitats such as the Alder Carr wood (after which we are named), wet meadows and fields being grazed by some of our livestock. So why not come and explore a bit more?
Farm Nature Trail
The route begins at the car park inbetween the gravel garden and farm animals and goes down a track past our pond. Please don't go off the marked route, if you need directions please ask in the farm shop.
The trail goes through some very wet areas including ponds, ditches and wet meadows so please bring your wellies. The area is also prone to mosquitos so long sleeves and mosquito repellant are advised. Sorry but we can't allow dogs on the trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Enjoy your walk!
Red Poll cattle
Famed for its good quality beef as well as dairy, and recognisable from its deep red hide with white touches on the tail and udder, our herd has also produced several new calves this spring.
All our free-range hens are the Tradition Lohmann breed which is a hardy hybrid which lays brown eggs. The eggs are for sale in the farm shop throughout the year.
See website for details
We source much of our ingredients locally including produce grown on the farm and all our dishes are made from scratch. Functions can be catered for, just give us a call and let us know your requirments.
How to get there
From the A14 at junction 51 and A140 to Needham Market, follow brown tourist signs along Florden Road.
From Needham Market, take Hawks Mill Street at the brown tourist sign and turn right at the green Alder Carr Farm sign just after the River Gipping.
- Outdoor Activities
- Walks & Picnics
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