There’s so much to do here we’ve put together a little list.
Bring your walking boots, your bikes, because you’ll want to use them; you can even come on horseback if you wish, and we’ll try to find some suitable space for them.
Talk to us about any of the below, any time, before you arrive or once you are here. If we are to make bespoke arrangements for you, we’d rather know beforehand, ideally. And just be aware, not everything is available all the time, sadly. But we do try.
For the latest information about what’s going on here at Eastbrook farm, check out Eastbrook Experiences, where you can see the latest information on what we’re up to and book your place!
Take a couple of hours see some it, a sort of smart introduction —this is the time for exploring the landscape, working out why the Romans would have built a villa here, discover The Ridgeway and its 5000 year history; meet the pigs, see how many bird types you spot. The tour is different most weeks, since some things change fast on farms. (Chargeable)
Let us deliver your perfect picnic to a stunning place on the farm. We can go almost anywhere, but we’ve four or five favourite locations. Our own charcuterie, local cheeses, pickles, sourdough bread; something sweet if you’d like, some booze if it helps the afternoon go down. All the knives and napkins you’ll ever need, tables and chairs. No work involved. We clear up. You stroll home. (Chargeable)
Live in a pig arc. Sleep on straw bales. Bathe in our middle of the meadow cast iron bath or shower in the hedge. Enjoy the compost loos. Cook for yourselves on the firepit. Dip your toes in the stream. See no-one unless you want to see them. Do nothing. This is an option for a stand alone few days (minimum 2 nights) or people in the hotel who want a night or two (and day or two) with a difference. (Chargeable)
Of course, run of the mill badgers, foxes, hares, deer, most days and evenings depending on where you are. But lots of them if you’re lucky. Birds that you’ll hardly see anywhere else, from linnets to skylarks, lapwing to tree sparrows. Our own autumn and winter starling murmurations. We’ve recent records of 12 birds of prey here. The Great Bustard popped in for a month last year. Insect life and great spotted newts and the occasional grass snake. Organic farming does have some really visible benefits.
Yes, our own, and your own, sports field. Full sized football pitch to play on. Goalposts and nets. White lines. Or play rounders. Or running. Close to the village, the pub and possibly your camper van. Bring your own balls. And bats if you need them.
Photography Hides and Tuition
Our on site photography business, ProHides, offers wildlife hide hire, photographic tuition and courses. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to photograph that elusive species we have a range of options for all.
Walks on the farm
This is amazing walking country. You can go for miles, on and off the farm.
If you are staying with us, we will make sure you have maps and details of some of our favourite hikes, whether a gentle stroll around the village, pond and church, or wilder roams across the hills.
We have maps for walking routes from 1/2 mile ambles to 8 mile scenic loops.
Especially popular is our Marrall Woodland, close to the village, where you can let your dogs and children run free in safety.
Just half a mile South of the village The Ridgeway National Trail intersects the farm, and from there the world’s your oyster; White Horse Hill, Russley Park and Wayland Smithy are within reach on foot.
Running, riding and cycling
The Ridgeway, that runs through the farm, is the perfect trail to take you miles without touching a road. For a circular route, drop down onto the B4000 to return from White Horse Hill or beyond, along a wonderfully wiggly and scenic route.
We will continue to make the farm ever more horse/riding friendly, with easy to open gates, and even some small jumps here and there. Let us know if you want to bring your horse, and we will do our best to accommodate.
We will be marking up a 10k running route over the downs, and a half marathon too for those with energy to spare. The perfect way to start your weekend, and work up an appetite.
Yes, more: eccentrically, probably Wiltshire’s fourth longest digital Scalextric track, only available if pre-booked. Bring your own digital machinery please.
Classic car days, International Pig Racing Festival, live music from time to time, it all depends on what we’re allowed to do in this COVID dominated year.
A glorious farm shop in the pub garden, open 7 days a week, for some more of our lovely food to take home, and one or two gifts to treat others to.
And much, much more…
A whole host of other pursuits for those in need of even more recharging. Foraging walks and days; wine and cheese tastings on the farm; wildlife hides to sit in and watch the world, and photograph it of course; wildlife photography courses by our resident professional. Just keep an eye on our calendar—some of them are bespoke and we will fit around you, others organised for certain days and seasons.