Farmer for the Day

Spend an exclusive day being a Farmer
running the goat and Jersey herds at Old
Parsonage Farm with Jon and Lynne.

Experience being a Farmer for the Day

Daily (depending on Jon and Lynne’s schedule)


You’ll rise with the dawn chorus to start at 6.30am, ready
for the first milking session of the day. Then it’s feeding,
watering and bedding up the animals. Depending on
the time of year that may be cows, goats, calves or, in
spring, kids and lambs. All the animals also enjoy a bit of
company – the goats are particularly playful and the cows
like nothing better than a good grooming.

After a hearty farmhouse breakfast, the day may take you
in any direction (as all farmers know!) – you could find
yourself up to your elbows delivering the newest arrivals
at the farm, helping to move herds around the estate or
getting involved in land management.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at
milking in the parlour, and the day finishes at 6pm,
following the afternoon milking of the friendly purebred
Jersey herd. By the end of the day you’ll certainly know
what Devon farm life feels like.

    View Booking Terms & Conditions


    Book your place.

    The Farmer for the Day experience runs depending on Jon and Lynne’s schedule, simply fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch to confirm availability.

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    • No dogs allowed on the farm experience
    • Farming is an all-weather activity and often a bit mucky so appropriate clothing, particularly sturdy footwear is important. Flip flops and summer dresses are unlikely to survive a farm experience day in good condition. Trousers, waterproofs and boots will probably fair better, though if you’re very lucky you may need a hat and some sunscreen. It’s always worth having the waterproofs however, as the weather can be inclement.
    • Please tell us if you have a medical condition the farm team need to be aware of, such as allergies or heart problems. That way they can be accommodated to the best of our abilities, unless you’re allergic to cows or goats as they’re a rather integral part of the farm.
    • Whilst younger children can observe the milking only those over the age of 16 are permitted to go into the pit of the parlour and actually operate the milking machinery with the cows.
    • Only paying participants may join the milking experience.

    Reviews from Trip Advisor

    •   I booked this for my brother as a birthday present as he loves goats, and he was not disappointed. Both me and my brother are 19, and we found it... read more

    •   After realising how out of touch our London lives were with the countryside, we thought it would be a fun(ny) experience to milk some cows! When we googled the different... read more

      Talya S
    •   Booked a combination of activities including a tour of the goat milking pens and did goat yoga which was absolutely hilarious. Very educational and the guy doing the tours was... read more

    •   I took my Grandson and we had a fantastic 2 hours, looking round
      the farm, walking the cows to milk, watching milking and milking
      the goats ourselves. My Grandson... read more

      Carole K
    •   I had a gift voucher for the milking experience and oh my god was it amazing. John is so knowledgeable and I asked a million questions and he answered all... read more

    •   The farmer was very professional with his knowledge and explained everything well. We experienced an insight into farm life and were even lucky enough to witness a calf being born,... read more

    •   A fantastic experience that we won’t forget. My seven year old daughter loved the whole experience from calling the cows to be milked to hand milking the goats. We were... read more

    •   Went to the farm last week - booked a milking experience and what an experience! Would definitely recommend for both adults and children, John the farmer was so informative and... read more

    •   I can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful day my daughter and I had. Jon and Lynne are the most wonderful, hard working people I’ve ever had the pleasure... read more

    •   Went to the farm with a youth group to milk the goats, was very sceptical before I got there.
      How wrong I was, it was so interesting and fun, Jon... read more