Wedding Open Day

sheepdrove hall prepared for a wedding

Looking for a wedding venue that offers a modern rustic vibe, hidden away in beautiful unspoilt countryside? Sheepdrove is hosting wedding viewings on Sunday 2nd October 11am-3pm. The Oak Room at Sheepdrove is a contemporary long barn constructed with the curved timbers of a traditional cruck frame. Or, if you are considering an intimate wedding […]

Renewing Renewables

farm building with scaffolding

Our various solar arrays are receiving essential servicing this summer to make sure they’re fully functioning for the winter. Sheepdrove’s events venue and farm office building is operationally net zero carbon. All electricity used is from renewable sources, provided by exclusively green and renewable only energy suppliers and our own solar and wind installations. Heating […]

Harvest is Underway

combine harvester at work

Harvest began on July 25th with the winter oats. With the weather on his side Gavin has finished the rye, winter oats, winter wheat and the Wildfarmed wheat. Wildfarmed was founded by Andy Cato, an award-winning mixed arable and livestock farmer. Once a successful Grammy nominated musician (Grove Armada anyone?), Andy gave that up after […]

Let There Be Light!

the well-lit sheepdrove barn

The rustic pole barn on the central courtyard that is home to the gypsy caravan can now lit up at night for evening weddings and events. Our caravan is Reading “van” (named after the town in which the style was first built) made by Stubbs of Barrowden in Huntingdonshire and masterfully restored by Peter Ingram, […]

Refresh!

refreshed sheepdrove conference centre

Sheepdrove will be even brighter and more beautiful the next time you visit thanks to a nice new lick of paint for the green building that is home to our sustainable wedding and events venue! Many thanks to local Swindon based business Coveys Painting & Decorating who oiled the wooden cladding and painted the tower […]

Owl Babies

owl chick

A feast of fluffiness courtesy of accredited BTO bird ringer and owl man Captain Jerry Woodham ably assisted by Sheepdrove’s Mike Barker. Apparently a breeding pair of barn owls needs around 1.5 ha of rough grass. Why? Long rough grass provides year round shelter for insects in the base of tussocks, hollow stems and seed […]

BBC Radio 4 Food Programme comes to the Fermentation Day at Sheepdrove!

the hall at Sheepdrove

It was an honour and a pleasure to host American food legend and fermentation pioneer Sandor Katz for a fabulous festival of talks, workshops and Q&As all accompanied by live jazz, plant based delights, a Japanese 3 course menu, free ferments and goodie bags galore.  There was quite a line up Sandor was joined by a […]

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 […]