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You & Your Family

Family activities, courses or staying for a few days - come and experience the natural environment of Magdalen

Our tranquil, accessible surroundings and range of supported programmes offer many options for families. Magdalen Farm is the place to come to learn a new skill or volunteer your support - as an individual or team. We are also a perfect venue for bigger groups - catered or self-catered.

Accommodation and facilities

Nestled in the heart of the West Country, Magdalen Farm has a surprising range of facilities.

Whether you come to us for a course, a specific activity or whether you hire a building for a family get together, you can enjoy…

  • Accommodation that is warm, clean and comfortable
  • 132 acres of space in which to provide learning and activity
  • Woodlands, grassy fields and lawns 
  • Vegetable gardens and orchards, 
  • Cob ovens for making pizza
  • Farm animals to meet, including pigs, chickens, horses and goats
  • A mile of riverbank, ponds and streams
  • Pushchair and wheelchair access to most areas 
  • Specialist facilities for people with disabilities (see below)

Guests staying overnight will enjoy accommodation in:

  • The Courtyard Residential Centre, for 36 people (more by arrangement)
  • The Farmhouse for 17 people (more by arrangement)
  • Camping in our tents for up to 50 people

You have the option of self-catering, or being catered for by us.

We provide homemade satisfying meals for our residential guests - with many of the ingredients coming direct from the farm.

Click here to book our Residential Courtyard Centre or Magdalen Farmhouse

Disabilities and additional needs

Magdalen Farm boasts wheelchair accessible paths to most areas and Tramper all-terrain electric wheelchairs giving those less mobile the opportunity to enjoy the farm. We also have a Mencap accredited Gold Standard changing place which is designed to help those with the most profound physical disabilities.

Families on the Farm

Our day and residential breaks provide families with a child with additional needs a welcome, refreshing opportunity to spend time together in an active, inspiring and supported way.

Families on the Farm encourages the whole family to share time with other families enjoying a huge variety of tailor-made activities out and about on the farm: we make a fire without matches, enjoy a sing song around a fire, take the goats for a walk, make a bird box to take home and groom the horse, being just a few.

“We absolutely LOVE Magdalen! Every visit goes so quickly and we’re just holding out for the next visit.  It is great to be able to take part in risky activities with such expert guidance and support and not forgetting the encouragement to give everything a go!”    
-Parent after day trip

Calm on the Farm

Spending time on the farm can be good for your mental health.

In February 2016, Magdalen Farm was featured on a Radio 4 programme on the benefits to mental health of Care Farming.  LINK

If you would like to discuss with us how this might benefit you, please give us a call or write to us. Ask to speak to Rebecca.

Short Breaks and Positive Activities

Short Breaks for Somerset Families

We are pleased to provide short breaks to Somerset families who have a child with a disability. Thanks to support from the Somerset Short Breaks team, we run opportunities every school holiday and half term except Christmas. Please call us for details.

Positive Activities - Dorset Families Matter

If your family is part of Dorset Families Matter, you could come to Magdalen for one-day and overnight stays, action packed with activities for families, or a well-earned break for adults. Please call us for details.    


We would not get far without our volunteers!

Tuesday volunteers

Local people play a key role on the farm. 

A team of growers volunteer alongside our horticulturalist in the gardens to keep a steady stream of fresh and delicious produce coming into the kitchen, and to ensure it is a first rate teaching environment.

Other volunteers choose roles including essential maintenance jobs and nature conservation. 

The team is diligent, welcoming and friendly, and crucial to our success. If you are interested in joining the Tuesday volunteers, please contact Linzie on 01460 30144.

Residential volunteers

Some people prefer to stay with us for between 1 and 3 months. 

In return for accommodation and full board, they volunteer throughout Monday – Friday. It is a full-on experience, and we love welcoming new volunteers to the farm. If you would like more information, please download the Volunteers Handbook and Volunteers Application Form or contact us for any questions.

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Magdalen Farm
Winsham, Maudlin
Chard, Somerset TA20 4PA
01460 30144

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