01460 30144
wide image

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 family breaks. 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.

Family day trips & sleepovers

Big Lottery funding fir Magdalen Farm

Thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting a programme of subsidised day trips and sleepovers for families with a child with a learning difficulty and disability here at Magdalen Farm. The full programme of details with dates for 2019 will be released shortly so join our mailing list here to find out more 


Accommodation and facilities

Bunk bed accommodation at Magdalen Farm

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 25 people (more by arrangement)
  • Camping by arrangement

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.

Take a look at the "Accommodation Gallery" for pictures of our facilities.

Contact us for further details and availablity

Disabilities and additional needs

Tramper for accessibility at Magdalen Farm

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 family 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

Short Family Breaks and Positive Activities

Family breaks at Magdalen Farm

Short Family Breaks

We are pleased to provide short family breaks to families who have a child with a disability. Thanks to support from a variety of funding sources, 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.    


Volunteering opportunities at Magdalen Farm

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 or check on-line for dates and booking page here.

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.

"This was my first Workaway experience and I believe I made the best choice! The Farm is a warm, organised, serene and welcoming place to be. I volunteered there for 19 days in August 2019 and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The facilities are spotlessly clean, the staff is lovely and kind, the food is delicious! I learnt so many new things about how nature works!  Thank you again for everything! I totally recommend this workaway experience! " Dina - Greece

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

© 2022 www.magdalenfarm.org.uk | Site Links

Registered Charity in England and Wales 1002373