Farmyard fun as pirates invade Stow Bardolph

Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'left to right Lilly Bell 6, Shannon Stott 10, Madeline Thurston 10, Austin Cullison 5, Grace Partrick 7 and Paddy Rutterford 3'''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-144856009
Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'left to right Lilly Bell 6, Shannon Stott 10, Madeline Thurston 10, Austin Cullison 5, Grace Partrick 7 and Paddy Rutterford 3'''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-144856009
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Hundreds of children have been walking the plank this half-term as the main tourist season at the Church Farm rare breeds centre in Stow Bardolph draws to a close.

Staff at the Fincham Road site have built a pirate ship out of bales and even had their own Indian encampment to develop their theme of the Peter Pan story.

Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'Denni Hennessy 6''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-144953009

Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'Denni Hennessy 6''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-144953009

And that, combined with some fine and unusually warm autumn weather, means visitor numbers are up compared to this time last year.

Estate administrator Wendy Langston said: “If it stays dry, we do well. Most days, we’ve been getting three to four hundred.

“It’s up on last year because the weather’s better. It’s encouraging.”

Visitors to the centre have been able to dig for pirate silver and enjoy stories in the Indian camp as part of the activity.

Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'Hayley Hennessy 3 and Lylah 3 ''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-145044009

Church Farm at Stow Bardolph. Half-term fun'Hayley Hennessy 3 and Lylah 3 ''Contact 01366 382162 ANL-141027-145044009

But, if they get too many questions on the farm or the J.M Barrie tale wrong, they have to walk the plank.

Mrs Langston said the centre traditionally runs an alternative attraction during the October half-term to Halloween as it tends to cater for younger children.

The display will remain open until this Sunday, after which the centre will revert to its winter opening pattern of Thursdays to Sundays.