Welcome to our very second round up for the Where the Flock campaign. Our themes over the last two weeks were Places to Have and Adventure and Places to Learn something. Thanks to the brilliant suggestions of our social media followers, we have spent the week researching the cream of the crop of rural attractions. This blog contains a summary of all the businesses we have added to our digital guide to the British countryside between 15th and 26th April.
If you have any other examples of amazing rural businesses people can visit, please let us know! You can nominate a business either by filling in the form at the bottom of this page, commenting on one of our social media posts, or using the hashtags #wheretheflock and #thisisrural
Places to have an adventure – #hiveagoodtime
Griffin Narrowboat Holidays, Derbyshire
Griffin Narrowboat Holidays give you the chance to relax and unwind amongst the peace and tranquility of the British Waterways. Their beautiful narrowboat sleeps two people and offers a wonderful chance to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From their location on the Trent and Mersey Canal, you can use the narrowboat to explore some of the most scenic parts of the Midlands.
To find out more, go to www.griffinnarrowboatholidays.weebly.com
Waterloo Cottage Farm, Leicestershire
Waterloo Cottage Farm, based near Market Harborough, produce chemical-free, high-welfare meat fed on 40 species of grasses and herbs grown on their own land. There’s a community garden where locals cultivate their own herbs and vegetables, plus a rapidly developing chemical-free market garden. There are three yurts where guests can ‘glamp’ the night away. And there’s now a café – Canvas Café – serving organic, chemical-free, locally sourced food.
To discover how to visit for yourself, head to www.waterloocottagefarm.co.uk
Places to learn something – #olddognewtricks
Skyeskyns, Isle of Skye
Established in 1983, Skyeskyns is the sole remaining commercial sheepskin tannery in Scotland. Producing and stocking the highest quality, hand-crafted sheepskins, leather and luxury woollen goods, Skyeskyns has become an immensely popular 5-star visitor attraction, receiving thousands of visitors each year.
To learn more, go to www.skyeskyns.co.uk
Beach Schools South West, Devon
Beach Schools South West is a community interest company dedicated to outdoor learning for children wherever they are, but particularly by the sea. They are passionate about getting children outside and work with schools and parents to take lessons out of the classroom and onto the shoreline.
To discover more about Beach Schools South West, visit www.beachschoolssouthwest.co.uk
Forest and Beach, South Hams, Devon
Forest and Beach was established 2013 by experienced teachers Pete and Andrea Moore, both of whom grew up in the beautiful South Hams. It has a remit of connecting children and adults with nature and the outdoors. Located a mile away from the beach at Beesands, South Devon, the business specialises in Forest and Beach School experiences for children and adults.
For more information, head to www.forestandbeach.co.uk
To learn more about Where the Flock, head to its webpage: www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/where-the-flock