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

    •   We really enjoyed our milking experience, spending time with both the beautiful Jersey cows and the inquisitive, lovely goats. We learnt so much about the way Old Parsonage Farm is run and their animal welfare focused approach. It was a really relaxed visit. Plenty of...More

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    •   What do you get the man who has everything for his birthday ?? the Milking experience afternoon at Dartington dairy. What an amazing time we had with goats,cows, dogs and ice cream! John was brilliant and so were all the others that worked there! A...More

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    •   Fantastic time had enjoying the milking experience with my husband and daughters age 9 and 12. The setting is idyllic, the farmer and his wife totally engaging and full of great information and anecdotes, our girls were thoroughly engaged and loved the whole experience, and...More

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    •   Wow what an amazing experience- we were made to feel so welcome for our farmer for a day - we had so much interaction and full access to the farm and animals it was like nothing I have done before. Calves, baby goats I was...More

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    •   This was a fascinating and heart-warming experience, getting up close with the goats and learning a lot about the farm and farming too. The highlight was actually milking the goats by machine and hand! Really interesting and entertaining too,

      thumb Keith B
    •   Booked this experience as an alternative Easter present for my children aged 9 & 15yrs. After our visit this afternoon i can say that it exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate enough to be the only guests on the afternoon tour. The goat milking was...More

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    •   We booked this experience as we wanted to see what life was like on a farm, and we weren’t disappointed! Getting up at the crack of dawn was well worth it as we got to witness 2 kids being born, as well as a calf....More

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    •   I really can't speak highly enough of this farm. The couple who runs it are extremely kind and were very patient with my tons of questions. For most of us milk is something that we buy at the store, but learning where it comes from...More

      thumb Alexandra C
    •   This was a fantastic day thoroughly enjoyed by myself and partner. Jon and Lynne were incredible hosts, extremely welcoming and knowledgable. They took time to explain what was happening and allowed us to be hands on with their wonderful animals. I genuinely didn’t want the...More

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    •   Jon is a born communicator and made the milking experience a fabulous one. We learnt about milking and farming and had an exceptional time. Took milk and ice cream away, we are now addicts and wish we lived locally to have it regularly. Thank you...More

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