The Daylesford Summer Festival 2018


We are just two weeks away from marking Daylesford’s annual Summer Festival. It’s a day of celebration we all look forward to every year as we open the gates to the farm to share our passion for organic farming with stalls, events, workshops, dog shows, baking competitions, craft demonstrations, vintage cars and lots more.

I’m particularly passionate about the theme of this year’s festival – Bee Happy! – as it recalls one of our key sustainability pledges for the year: our commitment to saving and protecting our most vital pollinators.

The festival will be taking place on Saturday 9th June and as always, we will be celebrating our love of food and there will be plenty of seasonal flavours and delicious food on offer, including our popular barbecue fire pits, which are an amazing sight to behold.

New for 2018 are our Daylesford Producers’ Market, where the skilled artisans from our Creamery, Bakery and Black Barn will be doing demonstrations and offering samples; and a wild feast hosted by our sister pub, The Wild Rabbit, held by the crayfishing river.

Our Market Garden and working farm areas are not usually open to the public but for the festival they will become hubs for sheepdog demonstrations, traditional farming displays, falconry, bush craft with WildWise, fly-casting, crayfishing and more. You can also meet our heritage and rare-breed farm animals and watch some sheep-shearing.

The Festival is a perfect day out for families, with plenty of fun activities for children, such as JCB mini ride-on tractors, the chance to make origami bees, a coconut shy, face painting, origami, circus acts and more. Meanwhile grown-ups can enjoy the Léoube bar and pampering with Bamford Haybarn Spa therapists – the ideal way to relax before browsing the Bamford Barn.

Do also stop by the Chelsea Garden Room where I will be signing copies of my new book Nurture

We look forward to welcoming you to the farm. For all the details of the day visit the Daylesford website