Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is a great place to visit if you are interested in old farming methods. Nestled in the Shropshire Hills, close to the market town of Church Stretton, it is a real gem for country lovers and a wonderful place for all the family to experience every day life on an upland farm at the turn of the last century. Everywhere traditional breeds populate the fields and farm yard.

It is thrilling to be able to watch a real wagoner and his team of heavy horses work the land and there are also demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts each day; many offering the chance to have a go.

The museum, which is one of Britain’s leading working farm museums, has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Acton Scott operates from a strong desire to pass on skills and traditions through a variety of methods to visitors to the farm. They specialise in practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines.

Every day you can see milking by hand and butter-making in the dairy. You can try your hand at at many rural occupations and join in as well as busy events that programme reflects the ever changing seasons on the farm. Each week day there is a demonstration from either the resident wheelwright, farrier or blacksmith. In the woodsman’s hut, rakes and gate hurdles are made and displayed and household items fashioned from wood and range of domestic crafts and skills are also demonstrated.

The season at Acton Scott is dotted with special events all of which contribute to giving a picture and the atmosphere of upland farming life in Shropshire, at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries.

Children seem to love the cows, pigs, poultry and sheep that frequent the farmyard and fields, these include rare breeds such as Longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs and Shropshire sheep. There is also a shop that sells produce, country crafts, souvenirs and ice cream.

You can discover more about this beautiful corner of the Shropshire Hills on two way-marked walks, leave your car in the farm’s car park and then head off on the Wagoner’s Wander or the Acton Scott Ramble. Both have a short-cut for those with less time to explore. Walkers’ guides are available from the museum.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum,
Wenlock Lodge,
Acton Scott,
Church Stretton
SY6 6QN
Tel: 01694 781306
www.actonscott.com