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SW_Tourist_Excellence_Winners_WebThe celebrations ran late into last night at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards Ceremony, after Totnes Rare Breeds won silver in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The farm was up against prestigious competition, and was enthusiastically commended by the judges for its friendly atmosphere, personal service, and attention to detail. Particular mention was made of the knowledgable and passionate volunteers.

Barrie and Jacquie would like to thank everyone for the fast-flowing messages of support and congratulation. As one caller put it, how wonderful that an attraction so reliant on the generosity of its visitors and volunteers should take on the more commercial big boys.

FireworkThe season drew to a close with a bang on Saturday night with the eagerly awaited halloween party. A spooky ghost walk, spellbinding magician and fantastic fancy dress made this a night to remember, with lots of enthusiastic feedback already received. Calculations are still being made, but a substantial amount has certainly been raised for Children's Hospice South West.

The farm is now closed until the spring, with furry and feathered friends moving into their winter quarters. The colder months are always a rather slow and snuggly time at Totnes Rare Breeds, but this space should definitely be watched - expansions and improvements will be made before the attraction re-opens.

In the meantime, a big thank you to all volunteers, visitors and supporters. You are very much appreciated, and we can't wait to see you all again soon.


There was a lovely atmosphere yesterday as artists great and small descended on the farm. Despite the gloomy weather all the sketchbooks and clipboards quickly disappeared, while pencils, charcoal and felt-tips were in great demand. The day was such a success that there are already plans to schedule several for next year.


Louis_ResizedEveryone at Totnes Rare Breeds is celebrating after being named a winner in the South West Tourism Exellence Awards. The farm and coffee shop have won either gold or silver in the prestigious competition, standing against over 250 top businesses. Judges awarded marks for marketing, staff training, sustainability, accessibility and commitment to excellence. Mystery shoppers were sent to suss out the business when least expected. All the staff and volunteers are thrilled at the news, and happy that a great deal of committment and hard work has paid off.

20th October

On Saturday 31st October a spooky party will be underway at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. Join us from 7-10 pm for an evening of fun and food: visitors Big_Moon_copywill enjoy guided tours though the haunted woodland walk, trips down the line on the ghost train, traditional games, storytelling and fireworks. Hearty, warming food is included in the price, and a licenced bar will serve at reasonable prices.

Adults £7.50, Children £2.50

All profits will go to a local children's hospice.

Tickets are going fast but there are still some available - pop into our cafe or ring Howard on 07919484693. Any questions, please email us from our website.