Summer Open Weekend 2022 | Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary

Summer Open Weekend 2022

SATURDAY 30TH & SUNDAY 31ST JULY 2022, 10AM - 4PM

at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, Milson, Kidderminster DY14 0BE

Our highly popular Summer Open Event is BACK and this year, to mark our 5th anniversary, we’re celebrating with a two day open weekend at our beautiful 92-acre site. We can’t wait to show you our brand new projects including our Pig Barn, Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens, and Rescued Rabbit Run! There are over 300 rescued farm animals to meet, plus…

Kids scavenger hunt and activities
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Delicious vegan food and drink
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Animal talks and Q&A sessions in our Main Barn
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Tombola, raffle, merchandise and more 
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There will be different talks & Q&As on each day – see the full schedule below!

£5 PER PERSON • FREE FOR UNDER 5s & HEARTS OF GOLD MEMBERS

Daily Schedule

Timings are the same for both days.

10:00am

Gates open

11:00am-11:30am

TALK: We officially open the day with a warm welcome to Goodheart over in our Main Barn

11:30am-12:15pm

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: Our Visitor & Education Manager Abby will run a 45 minute children’s workshop. The workshop will be suitable for ages 5 to 10 and will involve a guided walk around the Nature Trail, gathering materials to make a ‘Journey Stick’. Book on here.

12:00pm-12:30pm

TALK & Q&A | Guest speaker to be confirmed in our Main Barn

1:00pm - 1:30pm

ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP | Join a member of our Care Team over in the Main Barn and learn how to make enrichment items for our rescued animals. Book on here.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP | Join a member of our Care Team over in the Main Barn and learn how to make enrichment items for our rescued animals. Book on here.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

TALK | Join a member of our Animal Care Team over in the Pig Barn talk to hear all about this fascinating new project and meet Ellie the pig!

2:15pm - 2:45pm

TALK | Join a member of our Animal Care Team over at our new Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens to hear all about this new project and meet Parsley & Dilly the rescued hens.

3:00pm

Raffle winners are drawn in our Main Barn.

4:00pm

Gates close.

Enrichment Workshop Tickets

Price: FREE

Children's Workshop Tickets

Price: FREE. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10.

Last year's event

Book an animal sanctuary tour at Goodheart

“Loved seeing all the animals in their natural setting. A really lovely atmosphere and not over crowded as ticket numbers kept to a reasonable level. Everyone -staff and visitors so friendly. Great value for money for tickets.”

Rescue work

“Lovely vegan catering. Inspiring friendly staff. General lovely vibe. Kid friendly. Just all lovely.”

“The location is stunning the upkeep of the grounds is fabulous, the staff are great refreshments were fantastic, overall fantastic dayout, Thanks Goodheart for all the effort and work put into the sanctuary”

Animal experiences at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary in Worcestershire

“Just the right amount of stalls and food for us to catch everything. Loved the stories about Rufus and seeing all the sheep and pigs too. Also loved the vegan food options.”

Diet Alpaca are herbivores, which means they mainly eat plants, but their diet can also include wood, bark or stems.
Animal experiences at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary in Worcestershire

“The location is stunning the upkeep of the grounds is fabulous, the staff are great refreshments were fantastic, overall fantastic dayout, Thanks Goodheart for all the effort and work put into the sanctuary”

Diet Alpaca are herbivores, which means they mainly eat plants, but their diet can also include wood, bark or stems.

“Just the right amount of stalls and food for us to catch everything. Loved the stories about Rufus and seeing all the sheep and pigs too. Also loved the vegan food options.”

Important information

Please read through and ensure you understand all of the information below ahead of our Open Weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at info@goodheart.org.uk

TICKETS & BOOKING

If you have booked a ticket to our Open Weekend, you should have received a confirmation email from us. If this hasn’t arrived, please check your Junk/Spam folder, or, if it’s not in there, please email us at info@goodheart.org.uk and we will organise for this to be re-sent. There are no physical tickets for this event – on arrival, you will simply be asked to provide the full name under which you booked.

HEARTS OF GOLD MEMBERS

Current Hearts of Gold members are entitled to free entry to our Open Day, however, to give us an idea of numbers and help us to locate your booking more easily on the day, please do let us know if you are a Hearts of Gold member and you are planning to attend by emailing us at info@goodheart.org.uk

FINDING US

Most apps and sat navs will bring you right to Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary using postcode DY14 0BE however we do advise that you plan your route in advance and take a look at our web page here all about how to find us. You can also look out for our two large banners which will be on either side of our sanctuary entrance. Unfortunately, we will not be reachable via phone to offer directions on the day.

The roads around our sanctuary are very narrow and winding so please take due care and attention when arriving or leaving.

PARKING

We do have on-site field parking, however, please do car-share with family and friends where possible to prevent excessive traffic in the narrow lanes around the sanctuary. On arrival, you will be shown where to park by one of our stewards. If you are a blue badge holder, our stewards will direct you to the parking area closer to our main yard.

EXPLORING OUR SITE

  • When walking around our site, please do not venture from the main pathways as shown and do not attempt to enter any fenced enclosures containing animals. 
  • There is a seating area in our barn, but visitors are welcome to bring picnic blankets and camp chairs to enjoy their food or sit down in the fields beside our Pig Woodland.  
  • In the event of a fire, please follow the guidance of our volunteer stewards and assemble in front of the gates in our main yard.

CASH & CARD PAYMENTS

Card machines will be on hand over the weekend, however, some stalls only accept cash, such as our Raffle and Animal Feed Table, so please bring cash with you if possible. Please note we do not have a cash machine/ATM on site. 

The nearest cash points to us are as follows:

  • Clee Hill: Post Office & Stores, 23 High Street, Clee Hill, Shropshire SY8 3LZ
  • Tenbury: Tesco Superstore, 62 Teme St, Tenbury Wells WR15 8AA
  • Cleobury: 23 High St, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 8BY
  • Cleobury: 26 High St, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 8DR

DOGS

Dogs are permitted at our Open Weekend, provided they are friendly and kept on a lead at all times. Please do not let your dog approach any of our animals. Please note, we do not allow visitors to leave dogs unattended in cars while visiting our sanctuary.

WEATHER

Our Open Weekend will go ahead unless extreme weather is forecast. Our tombola, raffle, merchandise stalls and refreshment tables are situated in the barn under cover. Our outdoor workshops will take place outside rain or shine so please bring a coat and suitable footwear. We also ask that your prepare for very hot weather by bringing suitable sun protection.

ABOUT OUR ANIMALS

  • Please act calmly and sensibly around our animals, and follow all guidance signposted around our animal enclosures. Although most of our animals are friendly and love fuss from our visitors, you may not be able to touch some of our animals. We will mark these enclosures clearly and thank you for your understanding. 
  • Please remember to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching any of the animals. We recommend that you do not touch any of our animals if you are pregnant.
  • Please only feed our animals with the bags of food that we provide. Feeding any other type of food can have serious consequences for the animals’ health.

ACCESSIBILITY

Our main yard area is fully wheelchair accessible, as is our Outdoor Education Area. The rest of our site is accessed over fields and sometimes rough and uneven tracks. 

There is a downstairs bathroom in our main charity building, which is reached via a small step. The width of the doorway is 27 inches/68.5cm. When on-site, please let one of our volunteers know if you wish to use the bathroom and we can direct you.

DONATIONS

Around our site there will be volunteers in high vis vests carrying collection buckets for donations. These buckets also have QR codes and NFC chips which allow you to make donations through your phone via Apple Pay or Android Pay. You can also make a donation in cash at our Fundraising stall in our Main Barn.

REFUNDS

As we are a very small charity, refunds are processed at our descretion.