Monday to Friday:
10am - 3pm
Large groups can visit by prior appointment.
"A very modest fee."
Established in 1987 by the Larkrise Special School, the Larkrise Community Farm moved to its present purpose-built premises, close to the village of West Ashton, near Trowbridge, in 2005. The Farm's main activity is to help and educate students from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those with learning difficulties or who have been excluded from school, by teaching them how to respect and care for the various animals on the Farm. The Farm handles 35-40 students per week during term time, and they all gain self-esteem and basic life skills through working in the farm environment, both alone and as part of a team. There is also a very popular Saturday club, where local youngsters can join in to help look after the animals - see the Farm's website for details how to join the waiting list - and in the summer holidays the Splash-Wiltshire charity organises hands-on farm days for youngsters from across the Wiltshire area. Visitors are, however, welcome to come and see what's going on during the normal midweek opening hours.
The Farm has a wide range of farm and other animals, including Cattle, Horses and Ponies, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chipmunks, Marmosets, Chickens, Geese, Ducks, Turkeys, Guinea Fowl, and Parakeets.
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Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
How To Get There:
From the M4:
Leave the M4 at junction 17, then turn south onto the A350 and follow it around Chippenham and Melksham to its junction with the A361. Continue on the A350 towards Westbury for just over a further 3 miles, to the village of West Ashton. Turn right at the traffic lights onto West Ashton Road, towards Trowbridge. Larkrise Community Farm will then be on your right after less than 1 mile.
Follow the A361 west towards Trowbridge, to its junction with the A350. Turn left onto the A350, towards Westbury, and continue to the Farm as described above (from M4).
Follow the A350 north towards Trowbridge and Chippenham. At Yarnbrook, follow the A350 right at the roundabout towards Chippenham (the A363 continues forwards from here into Trowbridge. Continue on the A350 to the next cross-roads, at West Ashton. Turn left at the traffic lights onto West Ashton Road, towards Trowbridge. Larkrise Community Farm will then be on your right after less than 1 mile.
Follow the A361 north-east to and into Trowbridge. Continue on the A361 through Trowbridge, and begin to follow it out towards Devizes and Chippenham. At the end of the short stretch of dual carriageway, turn right at the roundabout onto West Ashton Road towards West Ashton. Continue on this road for about 1 mile, out into open countryside, and the Farm will be on your left.
Follow the A36 east and then south out of the City towards Frome. Continue through Limpley Stoke and on to the (staggered) junction with the A366. Turn left here, and follow the A366 to and into Trowbridge. At the large roundabout (with a church in the centre), continue forwards onto the A363, and follow it through the town centre and onto the A361 towards Devizes and Chippenham at another large roundabout. At the end of the short stretch of dual carriageway, turn right at the roundabout onto West Ashton Road towards West Ashton. Continue on this road for about 1 mile, out into open countryside, and the Farm will be on your left.
Alternatively, follow the A4 east out of Bath, then turn right onto the A363 and follow it through Bradford-upon-Avon to and into Trowbridge. Then continue as described above for the route using the A36 and A366, from the church roundabout..
By Public Transport
There are no bus services that run past the Farm. If you travel by train to Trowbridge station, you will need to then take a taxi.
Data on this page last updated: Apr 1 2012