Stantons Farm is based in Black Notley, a small civil parish in the heart of the Essex countryside, approximately 1.5 miles south of Braintree. The farm can trace its origins back to the 12th century and is originally thought to have comprised of 250 acres and farmed both livestock and arable throughout its history.

Whilst a number of the original farmstead buildings remain on the site, the estate was split up in the 1960s and some of the agricultural buildings and a large proportion of the land are now under different possession. The main farmhouse still resides within the Stantons farm ownership and is a fine Grade 1 listed building dating from the thirteenth century. The house is timber framed and reputed to be the second oldest continuously occupied dwelling in Essex. The house reflects significant architectural and historic interest as an early example dwelling, demonstrating evolving construction techniques and boasts many of its original features.

Stantons Farm House is a busy family home and whilst somewhat reduced from its expansive origins of the past, still stands on a large acreage, much of which is now the home to over 60 animals including Alpacas, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cows, Donkeys, Pigs and Chickens.

Stantons Farm offers educational and fun animal experiences to the public, which includes guided petting farm experiences, animal walks, meet and greet sessions and farmer experiences, we also offer both on and offsite private hire of our animals for parties, weddings, and events.

We also offer educational visits for schools and cater for groups from early years up to university students, and can tailor the visit to fit any area of the curriculum. In addition we offer visits for clubs, schools and home education.

All of our experiences are tailored to educate guests on animal husbandry, behaviour and general history of the species. All of our team share a love of animals and a passion for animal welfare and education, we are delighted to be able to cater for most groups or requests and can tailor our group visits as required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we just turn up?

Monday to Wednesday are pre bookings only, which can all be done through our ‘Book Now’ section on our website.

Thursday to Sunday are pre bookings and walk-ins, we take both card and cash on the gate.

Are you pushchair & wheelchair accessible?

Pushchairs can access the farm, please note certain areas can be slightly bumpy. We recommend baby carriers for younger guests.

Please note that many areas of the farm are not wheelchair accessible but please contact us to arrange a specialised experience for those with mobility issues.

What are the age restrictions for different experiences?

Each experience package we offer has different age restrictions, please see individual experience specifications on our experience page for more information. If you have a questions related to experiences, please email info@stantonsfarm.co.uk

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made more than one week before the intended experience date have the opportunity to reschedule a maximum of once per booking. Cancellations made under 48hrs will only be able to reschedule at the discretion of the farm depending on the circumstance.

No shows without any correspondence will have their order cancelled and no refund shall be given.

Cancellations must take place in writing to info@stantonsfarm.co.uk

What if we arrive late to our booking?

Participants are required to arrive 10 minutes prior to their experience to allow for check in, if you arrive late for your booked slot, you shall miss the safety briefing which grants you permission to participate in your intended experience whereby refunds shall not be granted.

Due to the way our experiences are scheduled, we cannot start slots later than the designated time and you will have to reschedule for another day if you cannot make your original booking

What should I bring to my experience?
Yourself, appropriate footwear/clothing, any medication you may require (inhaler etc) and your booking confirmation (printed/screenshot). You can also bring phones for the purpose of pictures (you will be asked at the start of the walk if you wish to appear in our own photography for the purpose of social media and/or anyone who does not wished to be photographed for privacy).
What facilities do you have on site?

Stantons offers on-site car parking, toilet and hand washing facilities welly hire and gift shop. 

Our Snack Shack opened in March, and sells hot and cold drinks, hot food & snacks.

We also have two fantastic playgrounds on-site. One toddler area with tractor and combine harvester, and another larger playground for toddlers to teens!

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Animal Activity Licence
Licence Holder: Mr Gareth Tungatt
Licenece Number: AAL/94

Take a sneak peak inside Stantons Farm