Season Opening 22nd March - 2nd November 2014

March 2014

Cogges Manor Farm Spring opening weekend

Don your wellies as Witney’s popular farmstead throws open the big red gates this spring with the new season launch on Saturday 22nd March 2014.
Cogges opening day will offer a taste of what is to come over the year, with fun activities for families and visitors from food to gardening, farm animals and rural crafts in the picturesque setting of West Oxfordshire’s historic Cotswold manor house and grounds.
The season launch celebrates a successful year in 2013, as Cogges Hertitage Trust, the charity that manages the farm, was nominated for the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2014 in the Blenheim Palace Rural Business category.
That’s not the only good news – Cogges attracted international attention as Yew Tree Farm on the BBC1 drama Downton Abbey, after filming took place in the grounds for several episodes in Season Four!
See what’s new for 2014
Meet the new arrivals, Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and miniature Shetland ponies, plus pygmy goats, rare breed chickens and Indian Runner ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits.
The historic 13th century manor house will now be open from Tuesdays to Sundays this season after volunteers and staff have worked hard to expose and clean the Victorian tiled hall and open up the sitting room to visitors.
As well as cooking in the kitchen, dress up in the parlour with a growing collection of historical costumes from 1000 years of Cogges' past, hand sewn by volunteers.
Opening weekend will launch a textile exhibition by local artist Sue Tucker in the Cafe at Cogges until 22nd June.  Sue creates bespoke handwoven textiles reflecting the Cotswold countryside and made with wool from local rare breed sheep. Sue will also be giving spinning demonstration in the manor house on Saturday 22nd.
Opening Day Activities
Willow craft family sessions - make a fish on a stick with Linda Reese.
Join in with the Cogges Rag Rug Project in the sitting room.
Make a Saxon Hat using felt, pattern and a sewing machine.
Cooking on the range in Cogges kitchen.
Cogges Castle fort adventure play, climbing frame, zip wire, slides and wobbly bridge.
The Big Dig - meet the garden volunteers and plant a Cogges seed, take it home and watch it grow!
Café at Cogges – stop for lunch with seasonal specials and a locally sourced menu.
Cogges Farm shop for fresh vegetables and produce, rural crafts, farm eggs and more.
Colin Shone, Cogges director said: “2014 is a real step forward for Cogges. We are delighted to be opening up the manor house during the week and encourage visitors to spend time in the house enjoying the improvements. Cogges is a great place to relax and have fun and we look forward to a fantastic new season ahead.
Tours of the manor house run every Friday at 11am - check the website for added times.
Special events, outdoor theatre, art and craft workshops and children’s holiday activities.