Alder Carr


general information

General Information

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.

Farm Walks

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.

Please Note:
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!

Farm Animals

We have been keeping animals on the farm since we opened in 1981 and feel they are an improtant aspect of farming. They allow us to use parts of the farm which are unsuitable for cropping. They help improve the health of the soil by adding nutrients so we don't have to use as many artificial fertilisers and they also help increase the fields biodiversity.

Red Poll cattle

As champions of local produce and provenance, we've replaced our original Highland Cattle herd with Red Poll cattle, the traditional Suffolk and Norfolk breed which is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

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. 

Free-range hens

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

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Our seasonally changing menu consists of starters, lunches, hearty sandwiches & daily specials. We also serve breakfasts,afternoon teas, Sunday lunches & fabulous homemade cakes and have a tasty children's menu.

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.

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