A New Wildway

New wildway at Sheepdrove

We were absolutely delighted that Tom Fortune of Fortune and Son Hedgelaying found time in his busy schedule to squeeze in laying an overgrown beech hedge in our overflow car park.  The “hedge” had grown up into a series of small and rather leggy trees. Laying will regenerate the hedgerow by encouraging new thicker and denser growth […]

Newbury Spring Festival

The Newbury Festival at Sheepdrove

We were so lucky with the weather on Sunday for the Newbury Spring Festival’s Sound Beginnings!  After the family-friendly performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a storyteller and music from Weber and Mendelssohn specially arranged for two pianists plus entrancing images of fairyland illustrated by the inimitable Arthur Rackham, not forgetting the ever popular […]

Wildflower Margins

Wildflower margins surrounding fields

Wondrous wildflower strip of cornfield annuals – poppies, corn marigold, cornflowers plus phacelia which is highly favoured by bees and other pollinators.  Most crops rely on insect pollination by species including bees, hoverflies and butterflies. Flower-rich habitats across the farm such as wildflower strips along field margins, clover and herbal leys for grazing livestock, species-rich chalk […]

Newsletter Update

Fermentation Festival banner

Come and join us at Sheepdrove for a fabulous foodie day out and about in the countryside on our organic farm! Learn about fermentation, create your own ferment with food legend Sandor Katz, feast on organic food & drinks and loads of fantastic ferments (of course) as well as some splendid live jazz. The event […]

Wedding Open Day

Spring is in the air! Birds are singing, buds bursting and the tipis will be up very soon for our Open Day on Sunday April 3rd 12 midday-3pm. Up at the Tipi Meadow, you’ll be able to get a real feeling of how the tipis could look and feel on your wedding day!​ and meet […]

Winter Garden Magic

Sheepdrove garden from the sky

Sheepdrove’s herb garden seen from the sky in winter. With the plants still deep in wintry sleep, the landscaping is clearly visible with the flint amphitheatre, central thyme clock, water lily fountain and meandering paths through the scented and aromatic herbs. If you follow the winding gravel paths through the gateway under the trees, across […]

Sheepdrove Snow Day

A snowy morning at Sheepdrove. In fact we’ve had not one but two snow days at Sheepdrove so far this winter… A blanket of snow transforms Sheepdrove into a magical landscape but thankfully both our November and January snow days were mercifully brief as any significant snowfall tends to make life on the farm that little […]

On the Road to Zero Carbon

Sheepdrove is harvesting heat from the earth with a ground source heat pump. A buried network of pipes will capture this geothermal heat and use it as renewable energy to power the central heating and cooling systems in our sustainable wedding and events venue. The whole system is powered by renewable electricity from our two […]

A Sustainable Christmas

Moon Gate

Have the Christmas Fairies paid a visit to Sheepdrove?  Yes, Christmas is around the corner and here at Sheepdrove the lights are sparkling but this year not only the Christmas tree but also the giant willow wreath is decorated with sparkling fairy lights. We’re trying to stay off Father Christmas’s naughty list by being as […]

Winter Wedding Bliss

intimate wedding

If you are looking for an intimate winter wedding, say ‘I do’ in the chapel like Beech Room, our second and smaller ceremony room, then gather family and friends for a wedding breakfast in the Upper Gallery of the Dining Hall. Sheepdrove provides a perfect combination of rustic warmth and character with a natural modern […]