Keeping Safe at Finkley Down Farm

Strict supervision of children in your care is essential at all times.

Important Health & Safety Points

  1. Some farm animals may carry a number of infections that can be harmful to humans. It is essential that you adhere to the following hygiene precautions:
    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after leaving animal contact areas, before eating and drinking and after touching footwear.
    • It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to supervise the washing of their children’s hands to ensure it is done thoroughly.
    • Sanitising Hand gels and wipes DO NOT provide adequate protection alone. They are not a substitute for thorough hand-washing.
    • DO NOT eat or drink in or around the animal enclosures. Please use the designated picnic areas.
    • DO NOT eat anything that has fallen on the floor or allow children to put their fingers in mouths.
    • DO NOT kiss animals nor allow children to put their faces near the animals.
  2. Pregnant women should avoid contact with sheep, lambs, goats, goat kids and cattle.
  3. Please DO NOT feed horses, pigs, donkeys or rabbits. The animal feed purchased from the farm shop can be fed to the goats, sheep, alpacas and cattle.
  4. DO NOT tease or chase any animals, including the farm dog.
  5. In an emergency evacuation, please leave the buildings in an orderly manner via the safest route and gather in the car park, overflow car park or by the nursery if the railway bridge is affected.
  6. First Aid is available at the Gift Shop, Playbarn or Tearoom. Please report all accidents and near misses to a manager.
  7. Please report any lost children to the nearest member of staff.
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With the health and safety of customers, staff, friends, neighbours and family our top priority. Following Government advice of social distancing, it is with very heavy hearts that we are closing the Farm from today (18/03/2020) 6pm until further notice.

We’ll be back stronger hopefully in the not too distance future. We will continue to post updates about the farm here and on social media.

Online Bookings- All current booking including those with the Mother’s Day Offer will be extended for 12 months.

We will be contacting those who are booked to discuss options. We are very sorry, this is totally out of our control.

We will add the time we are closed on to your pass. In this time of difficulty, we understand if you need to cancel your pass. However, while the farm is closed we will have no income, the payments will help look after the animals and help secure a future for the farm. We thank you for your loyalty.

We just want to say this is not just a business to us this is our family and our staff’s livelihoods. We are so truly heartbroken to have to make this decision by a situation that is totally out of our control.

If you do need to contact us please do so via email We will be unable to answer the phone over the time.