Covid-19 Update & FAQ’s
Firstly, we would like to start by thanking everybody who has supported us during this incredibly difficult period. Secondly, The Burr Family would like to share their appreciation and thank their incredible team who have worked tirelessly to provide our visitors with a safe, fantastic day out, come rain or shine!
Covid-19 Update – Summer 2021
Since the start of this pandemic, we have remained firm in only opening when we felt it safe and sensible to do so. The team have and continue to work hard to ensure we can offer a great day out whilst keeping everyone safe.
We will be relaxing some rules, however we feel that it is sensible to keep several existing safety measures in place to allow everyone to enjoy the summer.
- We will continue to limit the number of visitors
- You must pre-book tickets online (members included)
- Perspex screens will remain at all pay points
- Please continue to use the hand washing stations around the farm before and after activities, entering barns and always after touching the animals
- Hand sanitiser will be available at points around the farm
- Contactless payments are welcome wherever possible
- Activities will be set up to allow for social distancing
- We ask you to continue to wear face coverings where you cannot socially distance, particularly in the toilets, queues for activities, food, and ice-creams
- We will continue our enhanced cleaning processes around the farm
- A one-way system will remain in place in indoor areas and in the Animal Barn & Pets Corner
- A 0.5m distance will be kept between family groups whilst seated on the Tractor Ride
- Tables indoors will be spaced 2m apart. We have a very spacious, airy barn so hope you will feel as comfortable as possible using this area.
Indoor Play & Activity Barn
Our Indoor Play & Activity Barn re-opened on 28th July. We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to this popular part of the farm, as it has been closed since March 2020.
We kindly ask that children sanitise their hands before & after using the play area and that face masks be worn by all aged 12 years and over whilst in the play equipment. So, if your child requires assistance whilst in the play area, please wear a face mask when you go in to help them!
Socks must be worn whilst on the indoor play equipment. These can be purchased upon arrival if required.
This area will also be closed at 4.30pm each day to allow for a thorough clean.
Tables indoors will be spaced 2m apart. We have a very spacious, airy barn so hope you will feel as comfortable as possible using this area.
Tractor & Trailer Rides
Out Tractor Rides run throughout the day and enable you to enjoy the sights and sounds of a real, working farm. Please check the Activities Board for departure times.
The Woolly Sheep Cafe
Our fantastic Café in the main barn will be open every day, 9am – 5pm, serving an amazing menu of hot & cold food, from full on meals to light bites. Hot & cold drinks, snacks and delicious homemade cakes complete the offering.
Our takeaway kiosk, Piglets Pantry, located next to the Café is also open serving ice creams, slushies, hot & cold drinks & snacks to takeaway.
Roves Farm Shop & Butchery
Our Farm Shop is open every day, 9am – 5pm. The Butchery is also open every day, except for Sundays and Mondays at present. Fully stocked with our home-reared meats and other dry goods, ready meals, cakes, fruit and vegetables.
Our Giftshop is also fully open and located in our Reception Barn.
Our focus continues to be on creating a safe and fun day out for everyone.
We first opened our doors in 1989 and as a family, we are incredibly proud of what has been achieved over the last 28 years. We are a family run business, employing local people (many from the same families), to entertain and provide a fun day out for many other local families. We very much hope to still be welcoming visitors to our farm for another 28 years.
We would like to thank you again for all your support and understanding at what is a very difficult time for everybody. If you do have any queries, we would please encourage you to email the team at [email protected].
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Are dogs allowed?
Assistance dogs are welcome, otherwise we recommend that you leave your dog at home. Dogs (other than assistance dogs) are NOT allowed in the Farm Shop, Woolly Sheep Cafe or Indoor Play, activity barns or on our tractor trailer rides.
Dogs are allowed on our farm walks but must be kept on a lead at all times.
How long should we allow for our visit?
There are plenty of activities and facilities to keep you busy for the whole day. If you make full use of all that is on offer we recommend allowing at least 4 hours for your visit.
Can my children come on their own?
No. We have a strict policy that states that children (anyone under the age of 16 years) MUST be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at ALL times.
What is there to do in bad weather?
There are plenty of indoor and under cover activities on offer every day at Roves Farm.
Meet and feed our friendly farm animals in Pets Corner, see the piglets of all ages in the Animal Barn and take part in some extra daily animal activities all under cover. Our heated indoor play and activity barn houses plenty of activities to keep the family busy. Exciting play areas for all ages, including giants slides, ropes, tunnels, pedal tractors & more! Or take a spin around the track on one of our Electric Tractors.
Enjoy some of our delicious homemade light lunches, cakes and drinks at The Woolly Sheep Café.
Special Toddler Time activities run twice a day every week day in term time, including bubbles, stories, music, singing and games.
What age group are the farm activities suitable for?
Our activities and facilities are aimed at children aged 0 – 10 years and their families.
How do I upgrade my day ticket to a membership pass?
You can upgrade your day ticket to a 6-month membership at any time DURING YOUR VISIT on the day your ticket was purchased. This can only be done online on the day of your visit. Refunds will be processed within 5 working days. Please ask at Reception for more details.
Do I have to pay for parking?
No, we have lots of free parking available for our visitors.
Those coming just for a walk don’t need to book, but a £3 parking fee applies.
How do I get to you by public transport?
Roves Farm is NOT easily accessible by public transport. The nearest bus stop is 2 miles away. Booking a taxi is the best way to get to Roves Farm without a car.
Is there a cash point nearby?
There are cash points located in Highworth, approx. 3 miles from Roves Farm. We accept card payments (except American Express) at all pay points. Sorry, but we do not accept cheques.
Is the farm accessible for wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility?
We do everything we can to make Roves Farm accessible to as many people as possible. The Animal Barns, Indoor Play & Activity Barn, Café, Farm Shop & Butchery, outdoor picnic areas, Tractor Rides are all accessible via hard core or concrete walkways.
There are disabled toilet and hand washing facilities, and an easy drop off point by Reception if needed. The animal paddocks, family walk and animal racing are accessed via grass paths which may not be accessible depending on ground conditions and your individual mobility.
If you would like a tractor ride with a space for a wheelchair please email us before you book to check that this is available.
What about baby facilities?
There are baby changing facilities in the Main Barn and a microwave at the Café which you are welcome to use for heating baby food.
Is there a reduction for those with a disability?
Please click here for our policy on complimentary carer entry – you must be able to show one of the documents listed on arrival at Reception in order to obtain your free entry.