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Barnsley Farm Expands Tourism Draw

Thursday April 12 2012

A FARM which has expanded to attract tourists says its decision to charge no admission to see animals was prompted by the recession.

The Charlesworth family own the 60 acres of land at Broad Close Farm, Silkstone, but he decided to diversify five years ago.

The farm specialises in rearing rare and traditional breeds of pigs, cows, and sheep, and has a farm shop, coffee shop and new pet store, and its pets’ corner is also home to an expanding collection of more unorthodox animals like geckos, chipmunks and rheas.

Jonathan - who runs the farm with his wife Nicola - said: “We offer something different in the region in terms of the meat we sell, but also the experience for our visitors as we don’t charge admission to see our animals.

“The recession has had an effect on visitor spending so we’re really hoping that the new pet shop and other improvement plans will encourage families to come along this spring and see Broad Close Farm for themselves. We also want to move in to offering educational visits as we believe that children and adults should be aware of what they eat and how it’s been produced.”

Jonathan’s grandfather John first bought the farm, on Cone Lane, in 1957 and then dad Philip took over.

The development of Broad Close Farm is being boosted by specialist help from business support organisation Enterprising Barnsley - a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency and Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre.

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Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday April 12 2012 at 09:25
probably worth a visit as cawthorne farm is now £4.95 per person

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Thursday April 12 2012 at 10:10
I recomend wigfield farm also cheap and some pretty decent animals

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Thursday April 12 2012 at 10:10
I recomend wigfield farm also cheap and some pretty decent animals

Reply Posted by Claire_e77 on Thursday April 12 2012 at 11:21
I visit Broad Close Farm regularly as I have been going for some years to buy meat from the farm shop. I have seen the Charlesworths grow and expand over quite a short time and am amazed at the innovation of this small business. I originally went as I wanted to buy locally sourced produce, and places like Cannon Hall farm and Pot house Hamlet seem to be more widely known and advertised, but the quality here is just as good and cheaper in price. The Charlesworths are very friendly and welcoming and always make time for customers, answering any queries you may have. A visit is highly recommended.

Reply Posted by Chesney135 on Thursday April 12 2012 at 16:57
Nice to see a "family" friendly farm. The likes of Wentworth and Cannon Hall are all about money making now rather than enjoyment and supporting local trade. Good on the Charlesworths for reinforcing traditional values and doing in for free. What money they lack from entrance fees will be given ten fold in the cafe and on shop spends. Good luck x

Reply Posted by S on Thursday April 12 2012 at 17:39
Excellent, my daughter had a party here. can't do enough to help and such value. Lovely food too.

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