Fermanagh Fun Farm

Opened July 2019

An educational, fun, interactive, engaging, hands on farming experience for all animal lovers.

All about Us


Opened in July 2019,  Fermanagh Fun Farm is a social enterprise business and registered as a C.I.C (Community Interest Company).  It provides a family fun experience, learning about care and welfare of animals on a farm.  As a social enterprise 100% of the profits will go back into the farm to care for the animals,  to continue to expand and add attractions. Our profits will also be used to benefit the community, by offering workshops about caring for animals, and educational services to schools linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  It will also be used to ensure all our animals are well cared for, and we continue under the Animal Welfare Act to meet their 5 freedoms.   The farm is run and managed by a group of volunteers.

The farm is run by a community group called "Friends of the Farm". The group meet on a regular basis to plan next steps for the farm, using visitors feedback. The group is open to any member of the community of the age of 18, whose interested in the work of the farm.

Fermanagh Fun Farm is located on the edge of Lisbellaw Village (5 miles outside Enniskillen), 100 yards off the main Belfast to Enniskillen Road. We are easy to access using public transport, as only a 3-4 min walk from Lisbellaw Bus Station.

Like most businesses, the farm will start of small and will develop over time, according to customer demand. Currently animals on our farm include: donkeys, sheep, cows, pigs, hens, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rabbits, giant rabbits, hamsters, peacocks, silkie hens, guinea fowl birds, cockerels, ducks, highland cows, alpacas and meerkats. Seasonally we have young animals on site too such as lambs and chicks in the spring.

As well as our animals we also have a tearoom, indoor play area and outdoor playground. We also have picnic areas should families wish to bring their own food.



Fermanagh Fun Farm
Slate Quarry Lane
Lisbellaw
BT94 5BB

Telephone: 02866 385060

Aims and Objectives


Aims

An educational, fun, interactive, engaging, hands on farming experience for all animal lovers.

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Objectives

We aim to provide a first class family attraction. The farm will progress to achieve this over the coming years, adding each phase when possible.

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Phase 1

Pre-Booking Event Only

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Phase 2

The Future

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Other Phases

Beyond March 2020

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Activities


Fermanagh Fun Farm Services

A real life, hands on, active, engaging, farm experience for all the family! * Petting and learning how to care for small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks, * Grooming Shetland ponies and taking them for some exercise, walking them on their leads, * Feeding and learning about caring for animals such as cows, sheep, pigs, hens, cockerels, ducks, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs & goats. * Collecting eggs from hens and learning about how to care for them. * Bottle feeding small animals such as lambs. A daily timetable of activities is available each day. Please see our facebook page for an up-to-date timetable.

Events


Services Offered


Birthday Parties

Do you have a animal loving child whose dream would be to spend their birthday with their friends and some animals? This will make their dream come true! We offer 2 packages. Our sales team will work closely with you to plan the perfect party for your child. The party can be tailored to meet your needs.

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Educational Visits

Coming Soon! We want to offer educational services to our local schools and nurseries, linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

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Group Visits

We welcome any group to the farm. We have recently had groups attending such as summer schemes to the farm.

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School Trips


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At Fermanagh Fun Farm we have an experienced primary school teacher offering an educational visit, tailored to your needs and linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  Our education services includes a pre-site visit for teachers (optional). During this session, teachers get the opportunity to work with our education team, to tailor their visit, to meet the needs of their topic / pupils.    We have listed some workshops below that are available.  If there is another workshop not listed you'd like to do, contact our education team and we will work with you, to tailor make an educational experience suitable for your visit.  Contact our education officer Alan on 07834 903858 for more information.

We also offer services to our secondary schools, such as work placements, support in units for national qualifications such as Btec Agricultural.  


Some examples of workshops available:
Caring for Animals
Animals and their Homes
Animals and their Senses
Where are food comes from?
Animals and their Prey Meerkats workshop
Healthy Eating
Recycling on a Farm
Jobs on a Farm 

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New Arrival


Sponsor an Animal


Sponsor a small pet for only £15 per year

Meet Fluffy

All our small pets are adopted and will live on the farm for the rest of their life. Your contribution towards sponsoring an animal will help towards the care and welfare of the animal. Choose an animal you'd like to sponsor. Your name / business name / community group name will be added to our sponsor board. Only 1 person sponsors each animal. We have guinea pigs and rabbits looking for a friend to sponsor them. If you'd like to sponsor one of these animals send us a message. As the sponsor you'll get sent a free admission ticket, a thank you certificate along with a photo of your sponsored animal. You can keep this as a souvenir or share with family and friends to let them know how much you care for animals.

Sponsor a Farm Animal for only £25 per year.

Meet Dolly the Donkey

All our farm animals are adopted and will live on the farm for the rest of their life. Your contribution towards sponsoring an animal will help towards the care and welfare of the animal. Choose an animal you'd like to sponsor. Your name / business name / community group name will be added to our sponsor board. Only 1 person sponsors each animal. We have a range of farm animals looking to be sponsored such as sheep, donkeys, goats, pigs, hens, cockerels, chicks and ponies. If you'd like to sponsor one of these animals send us a message. As the sponsor you'll get one free admission ticket, a thank you certificate along with a picture of your sponsored animal. You can keep this as a souvenir or share with family and friends to let them know how much you care for animals.

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F.A.Q


When are you open?

Fermanagh Open Farm opened on Saturday 6th July 2019.  It is only open for pre-booked sessions, not to the general public.  This means to come to the farm you must pre-book.  

During the summer the farm is open 7 days a week for pre-booked sessions and in the autumn at the weekends.  We will be closed in the winter to add new animal enclosures and play area. 

Our groups sessions are 11am, 1pm, 3pm and in busy periods we have one at 5pm.

To prebook a visit please telephone, 07894 164248, email fermanaghopenfarm@hotmail.com or visit us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fermanagh-Fun-Farm-2386437531387597/about/?ref=page_internal

Prices

Adult £5.00
Children £6.50
Family of 4 £19.50
Under 3's Free

Group Bookings
To find out about our large group booking rates please contact our sales office.  07894 164248.  We have great offers for groups over 5 people.  

What animals do you have on the farm?

* Cows
* Sheep
* Goats
* Hens
* Cockerels
* Chicks
* Pigs 
* Donkeys
* Shetland Ponies
* Rabbits
* Hamsters
* Guinea Pigs  

What Activities can I do during my pre-booked session?

Pre-booked sessions are small groups who move around the farm as a group, learning about the care and welfare of farm animals.  It will include:

* Cuddling and petting small animals such as rabbits and hamsters,
* Collecting eggs from the hens,
* Feeding animals such as cows, sheep and goats,
* Grooming Shetland ponies.


Do you do group bookings?

Yes we can do large private group bookings for at least 15 people or more.  Contact our sales team to find out more information.

We can also have birthday parties onsite too and are offering educational experience visits for schools and nurseries too.

If you're not able to come to the farm, some of our animals can come and visit you at your school, care home, community centre and home.

What Attractions are there on the farm?

The farm currently has a varierty of farm animals, play area, picnic area and tuck shop.  You're welcome to bring a picnic or purchase crisps, chocolate, hot and cold drinks from our tuck shop.  We also offer a hands on, active, farming experience with our animals.  


Are Dogs Allowed?

No dogs are allowed on the farm, to protect our animals and to prevent any fear put unto our animals.  Guide dogs are welcome.

Where is the Farm?

The Farm is allocated on the outskirts of Lisbellaw villiage.  Our adderss is 4 Slate Quarry Lane, Lisbellaw, BT94 5BB.  Visit our contact us page for a map to find the farm. 

Events

At times throughout the year, Fermanagh Fun Farm will have seasonal and family events held on the farm.  To find out about these events, follow us on Facebook.  

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fermanagh-Fun-Farm-2386437531387597/about/?ref=page_internal

News


Thank-you Burrdendale Nursery

Some toys & equipment for our animals

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Thank-you Balcas

Henry having fun on the new playground.

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Volunteer with Us


The Team / Volunteers


Alan Potters

Managing Director

Volunteer Alan graduated from Stirling University (Scotland) with a BA in Business, Education and ICT. He then went on complete a PGCE in Primary Education. Alan has been a primary school teacher for 16 years. Alan's role in the business as managing director will be to ensure the overall running of the business goes smoothly. He will be in charge of the education programme, linking it to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and arranging educational workshops and school visits. Alan will also be in charge of marketing and promotion of the business. Alan will also be involved in the recruitment and selection of volunteers and also providing them with inhouse training to be able to do their role and follow health and safety guidelines.

Heather Potters

Sales / Events Manager

Volunteer Heather has many years experience of working in retail and will bring this knowledge and skills to her new role. Heather will mange the online / pre-booking tickets system and sales. She will also organise and run annual events on the farm, as well as dealing with bookings such as birthday parties.

Fermanagh Fun Farm C.I.C


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What is a Social Enterprise Business?
Social enterprises are businesses. They make and do things that earn money and make profits like any business. It is how they work and what they do with their profits that is different: working to make a bigger difference, reinvesting the profits they make to do more good.
Social enterprises come in all sizes, from small community cafés to really big international organisations, but they’re usually started by a person or group with a particular passion and sense of purpose.
The passion often comes from trying to solve a problem that they understand personally; and the purpose comes from having a business idea that could solve that problem for others.

Alan Potters (Managing Directors Vision for Fermanagh Fun Farm

* A Family Fun Attraction
The aim of the farm is to attract families looking for an enjoyable day out, to spend time with animals, learn about caring for animals. We wish to expand on this in 2020 by expanding the business to include a tearoom for people to socialise in and have some leisure time at our play area. Each year, using profits from the business these areas will continued to be expanded, new enclosures and animals breeds will be expanded, as well as new attractions added. A 5 year business plan has been drawn up to achieve this, using survey information gained by asking the general public what they would like to have, at the fun farm.

* Training and Employment
Alan an experienced school teacher has worked in both the primary and secondary school sector, with pupils with additional support needs. While working in this sector, he noticed that his pupils, had less opportunities to gain paid employment or work experiences. By providing opportunities for employment, volunteering and gaining national qualifications at the farm, he hopes to enhance young peoples opportunity to be able to gain paid employment or voluntary work. With agricultural & tourism being the biggest employment areas of Co Fermanagh, providing learning and training in both areas, gives young people more of a chance of gaining employment.

* An Education Service
Onsite & Offsite educational workshops will be provided for schools .  These will be linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum from foundation stage to Keystage 4.  Areas of the curriculum will be "The World Around Us"  & GCSE agricultural, tourism, business studies, food & nutrition, preparation for working life, work and life skills.

Health and Safety


Health and Safety
We at Fermanagh Fun Farm take your health and safety very seriously and have put in measures, to minimise any risks, while visiting the farm.

By law we must inform you, all animals naturally carry some micro organisms, which can be transmitted to humans where they may cause ill health. Whilst the hazards are real, the risk of infection is low and can be readily controlled by following these simple practical steps which will make your visit even more safe, healthy and enjoyable.

Feeding and Touching the Animals
  • You MUST ensure that you and your children wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the animals and particularly before consuming food and drink.
  • You MUST ensure that children under five are supervised by a responsible adult whilst washing their hands.
  • Use the disinfected mats to clean footwear and wheels on prams etc, when entering and leaving the farm.
CLEANSING WIPES OR ANTI BACTERIAL GEL ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER HAND WASHING
  • Washing facilities are located in the handling shed and nearby toilet block.
  • DO NOT – consume food or drink in the animal areas. 
  • Expectant mothers should refrain from handling all sheep and lambs during the lambing season.
  • When feeding the animals please ensure that you and your children feed with their HANDS FLAT. Animals cannot tell the difference between fingers and food.
  • Most of our animals enjoy a cuddle. If you would like to hold an animal please ask a member of staff.
  • DO NOT – enter any animal enclosure unless invited to do so by a member of staff.
Smoking
Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on our premises.

Disclaimer
Customers coming to the farm must make themselves aware of this and the procedures in place, before coming to the farm. Fermanagh Fun Farm can't be held liable, as we have put measures in place to minimise this risk.

Contact Us


  • 4 Slate Quarry Lane, Lisbellaw, Enniskillen, UK

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