Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm
Established in 1985
About The Farm
Our Farm, originally a dairy farm, first opened its doors as a Rare Breeds Farm with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) in 1985, and was purchased by the McConnell Family back in 2002, establishing its very own English Vineyards, Bluestone, in 2016, which now produces award winning English Sparkling Wine, the Classic Cuvee and a Rose released in 2021.
During your visit to the farm, there is so much to see and do, and we look forward to you joining us to enjoy some well-deserved quality time together when you visit. We have the Rare Breeds Farm packed full of your favourite animals, including: Pigs, Goats, Sheep, Donkey, Calf, Ponies, Rabbits, Peacocks, Chickens, Ducks & Geese and more, and we also have some fabulous play areas, daily activities, accommodation, farm shop to purhcase all of your kitchen essentials on your way out PLUS our stunning English Vineyard, Bluestone, where you can book tours and tastings for the whole family or a special occasion.
Speaking of special occasions, we are now able to host your special event, including Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies, as we are now a legal licensed wedding venue, as of 2019. We offer a bespoke and incredibly special and unique rustic farm weddings. Our beautiful farm in Salisbury, Wiltshire can now host your entire Wedding Day, from the ceremony, as we are a licensed venue, to the reception. Let us take away the stress of organising, and leave it to our team of experts! Enjoy a stunning woodland or vineyard wedding with us here at Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm.
We are also able to host bridal showers, baby showers, christening parties, naming ceremonies, anniversary parties, reunions, vow renewals, blessings, military function parties, charity events and so much more!
At Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm, we also offer personalised children's parties for your little lambs. We will gladly organise everything for you, from being the party venue to the party invitations, themes, entertainment, food and more! Let your child and their guests have an unforgettable farm party experience and enjoy our beautiful setting, our animals and a day to remember forever.
Please feel free to call us before you visit just to double check everything is open and running as usual (01980) 629438, advanced online booking essential.
We are in the FINALS for 'Best Family Attraction' 2021!
We are THRILLED & honoured to have been nominated yet again, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us! Please head over to the 'Muddy Stilettos' website by clicking this link, to vote for us as your “Best Family Attraction” winner 2021! Please support our beloved family business by voting for us and share on your socials if you can.
NB: Don’t worry, your email isn’t kept, it’s just to make your vote for your favourites in the local area!
Award Winning 'Best Family Attraction' in Salisbury, Wiltshire 2019
We are the proud winners of the Muddy Stilettos ‘Best Family Attraction’ Award 2019. We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for the Best Family Attraction award and would like to thank all each and every one of you who nominated and voted for us, we are extremely proud to have won. There is so much going on down on the farm and we look forward to welcoming you and the whole family to our award winning farm soon! Find out more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards
Why not also come and try our Award winning wine?
Bluestone Vineyards who are located down on The Farm have picked up Bronze in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. Come and sample our award winning Classic Cuvee Brut, or arrange a vineyard tour with brothers, Nat and Toby, our Vineyard Masters! Click here for more information on our beautiful vineyards and our English Sparkling Wine. Learn more about the awards
Down on The Farm some of the animal enclosures and attractions we have include:
All of our enclosures are proudly displaying all of our little furry friends plus highlighting some seriously stunning examples of Fine English Farming and British Rare Breed Animals. Our pens are designed to be easy to access, feed and get interactive with all the animals, so that all ages can easily see and touch the majority of our animals; just be careful of the nibbly goats who like to steal your animal feed, and wash your hands on one of our many hand washing stations on The Farm after touching any of the animals.
We arrived at the farm having booked tickets online to be greeted by a very friendly man. He explained in detail what the day would involve and how they were adhering to social distancing.
We had a fantastic day; the piglet race and the adventure playground being particular highlights. The farm is wonderful for both adults and children (we have a 1 year old and a 5 year old) and such excellent value for money. Lots of space to move around and none of the areas were too busy. Thank you for a lovely afternoon and for managing the current situation so well, it’s been a highlight of our South west adventure.
Anna R, Trip Advisor – One of the best farms we’ve been to!
Tamara Leggett, Facebook
Jamie Bell, Google
Given the challenges that Covid is supplying in plenty, I think they are doing an outstanding job. Plenty of social distancing around the farm, great signage reminders dotted about and plenty of hand washing stations. They advised that the restaurant is offering a reduced menu, I don’t know what it was like at normal capacity but wow still lots of choice! Every time we’ve been the staff have been nothing but helpful and knowledgeable. A really enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
Alice, Trip Advisor – Great way to spend the afternoon
Kirsty Vincent, Facebook
David Buck, Google
We had a great visit here today, A perfect day out for a 7 year old, 5 year old and baby! Lots of hand washing facilities and clear direction where to stand when seeing the animals. Considering it was a quiet Monday there was still a timetable of activities including the great PIG RACE! The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and my sister and I are looking forward to returning.
Sflw22, Trip Advisor – Great COVID friendly day out
Sarah Pritchard, Facebook
I adore this place; me and a friend recently visited just after lockdown and i was so pleased with my visit. the staff are so knowledgeable and hap to help. it really feels like they want you there and try and improve the experience for all. They have loads on offer to see and do, running events on most days. I was particularly fond of the newly born piglets – I recommend this place for young families or families with little ones who love animals. or even those looking for a day outdoors that they will remember! 10/10
Aaron H, Trip Advisor – The place to choose
Tammy Burley, Facebook
Hannah Pease, Google
What a brilliant way to spend a day! A relaxed and beautiful place with so many animals to meet and so much to do. The challenge of COVID regulations was handled really well, with hand washing facilities readily available and we felt very looked after. The staff were passionate and knowledgeable and really couldn’t fault it. We signed up to the morning Alpaca walk, which was wonderful! We learnt loads and had a lovely walk through all the most beautiful parts of the farm meeting so many other animals along the way. Would highly recommend this experience too! We took a picnic and loads of sheltered and shady tables available.
YarisScotland, Trip Advisor – Wonderful experience for all ages!
Rachael L Howe, Facebook
Emz M, Google
We had a great day out as an extended family with the party ranging from age 12 weeks to 67 there was something for everyone. The animals are well looked after with daily animal activities. We loved the pig racing and duck feeding. The adventure play area is an added bonus and makes it more of a day out. My son loved the zip wire! Welcomed by lovely staff who explained all the new covid related procedures like take away food and no tractor rides. Beautiful setting too.
Simplythebest1980, Trip Advisor – Excellent family fun!
Natasha Weeks, Facebook
MatRach Howe, Google