Surrey Docks Farm Christmas Fair 2019

Surrey Docks Farm Christmas Fair 2019 will run from 11am-4pm on Saturday 7th December. Entry to the Farm will be free as usual but activities will be charged to raise much needed unrestricted income to keep the Farm running all year round.

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The farmyard is set to be transformed with local craft stalls selling all sorts of Christmas gift ideas. The ever popular Peach Brandy sold by the local Church stall will be in attendance. Get there early!

Warm up in their beautiful new river room and get creative making your own Christmas wreath. Please note access to this room is now via the new orangery room which looks over the Thames.

The bar will be serving mulled wine and warm spiced apple juice and they’ll have a BBQ to keep you fed!

Farm Christmas Fair – 7th December 2019 – 11am-4pm

Buy Christmas Trees

Real Christmas Tree sale will be back by extremely popular demand.  There will be three sizes on sale to fit all budgets (and bus rides home!). Based on previous sellout last year we suggest you arrive at 11am to avoid disappointment. For more information about our trees click here.

Santa’s Grotto

Father Christmas will be back this year taking orders from excited kids. His elves have promised to keep him supplied with mince pies and ensure every child gets a present. (£4 per child).

This year Father Christmas has moved to a new location! Look for his new grotto along the path that runs behind our old cafe space, or ask the Farm team and we’ll show you where to find him.

Christmas Raffle

Support the Farm by buying a strip of raffle tickets on sale in the Farm Shop and at our Bar (£1 per strip).Winners will be drawn at 4pm by our Rotherhithe Street entrance. Don’t worry if you’re not available for the drawer – we’ll give you a call and let you know if you’ve won.

Huge thanks to all the local organisations who have given fantastic raffle prizes – check out the list below so you can see what you could win!

  • Bodytonic 45 minute Massage Voucher
  • The Pear Tree £30 Voucher
  • Leadbelly £20 Voucher
  • Royal Academy of Arts x2 complimentary tickets
  • Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Voucher
  • Love2Laundry Voucher
  • Breathe Fitness voucher for five Bootcamp Sessions
  • Zumba Class (for two to attend a session in January at Docklands Settlement)
  • GreenZen Poké & Matcha Bar Voucher
  • Bottle of Prosecco
  • Children’s Toy Sets
  • Chocolates

Children’s Activities

The Plot to Shop group will be running fair games such as Hook the (tinsel-clad) Duck and Hoop the Reindeer (a staff member in a onesie, not a real reindeer!). The team will also have a wonderfully talented facepainter in the plant room!

Animals

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The whole Farm will be open as usual so you can wonder around and say hello to all our animals and purchase bags of feed from the shop to feed the goats, sheep, pigs and poultry.

In addition our livestock team will be creating a special area in our main yard where you can go in with our smaller animals – including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens etc – for cuddles and strokes. The team will also be moving the tractor over here, so small (and big) kids can sit in the seat and feel like a real farmer!

Entrance will be via the yard gates next to the hand washing station nearest the Rotherhithe Street entrance to the farm. (£1 entry).

You’ll also be able to experience donkey rides on the lovely Alice and Hermione along the Thames (£2 a ride for under 8’s) in the morning and afternoon. Times to be confirmed (and do depend on dry weather).

Getting there

Visit WISE16 transport for directions . Nearest overground stations are Surrey Quays, Canada Water (also Jubilee Line) and Rotherhithe. Bus route C10 has a stop by the farm and the bus 381 is just a few metres away in Salter Road.

We strongly recommend walking routes to enjoy the views of Greenland Dock or the Russia Dock green spaces and wildlife.

Surrey Docks Farm walking directions
Surrey Docks Farm walking directions

Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with this DEFRA leaflet before your visit

Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London. It occupies a beautiful 2.2 acre site on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe.

The Farm is an ideal setting and environment for environmental activities throughout the calendar year. There is always something interesting to see, no matter what the season or weather.

The Farm works with local communities and the people of Southwark to provide many unique opportunities for people to learn about farming, food production, and be actively involved in the ongoing working life of the farm.

Animals reared on the Farm include a herd of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, donkeys and a pony. The herds and flocks are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare at all times. The Farm prides itself on having an open animal yard where members of the public can interact with our goats. 

There are a variety of green and horticultural attractions at Surrey Docks Farm. We have an orchard, herb garden, dye garden, vegetable plots, and the wildlife area. 

The Farm was first established in 1975 on a 1.5 acre site of derelict dockland between the entrance to Greenland Dock and the River Thames. Its initial purpose was to try and raise livestock and produce food from what was regarded as wasteland. In June 1986 the farm was re-located to its present site, a 2.2 acre site on the river Thames at South Wharf. This historic site has been the subject of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to explore its eventful history – see the full details on the History Trail page.

The Farm is run by Surrey Docks Farm Provident Society Limited a community benefit society registered under the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, number 22829R. Recognised as charitable by HM Revenue & Customs number XN54265

Current patrons of the Society include the Bishop of Southwark and Sir Simon Hughes. The Society particularly encourages membership applications from local people to ensure they are at the forefront of what is essentially a local community project. Committee members of the Provident Society are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Disclaimer: WISE16 cannot be held responsible for any event changes or cancellation. We strongly recommend to check with the organiser if you have any questions, especially for those events which require paying a fee.

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