A field of Herdwick sheep at South Yeo Farm West



 “Thank you for the best and most inspiring weekend; it was so wonderful to be on your farm…you both make the weekend so special – thank you for being so lovely and patient with all of our questions.  I will really remember how enjoyable it was.” MM, Exeter

A goose stood on the back of a Torddu badgerfaced sheep during the Fun Smallholding Weekend at South Yeo Farm West

Who would benefit from this course?

This weekend is for people who want to get really involved in the daily tasks on the farm. You may be contemplating having a smallholding of your own or simply fancy a couple of days working with and learning about livestock, fruit, veg and more.

This practical and fun weekend is built around a mix of activities that need doing on the farm during your time with us and includes tasks that we think you will particularly enjoy.

This is a jam-packed but informal couple of days so if you’re after a more thorough grounding in smallholding, our carefully structured and ever popular Introduction to Smallholding course would be more appropriate.

“Thank you again for the most amazing weekend – it’s been a bit of a life changer for us. Rob’s obsessed with sheep and I’m looking at re-homing runner ducks, we’re hooked!” GM,Hove


You will experience a selection of the following seasonal activities:

  • checking all the livestock
  • feeding the pigs
  • feeding and watering the poultry and waterfowl
  • collecting the eggs
  • feeding and caring for chicks, goslings and ducklings
  • mucking out and bedding up animals large and small
  • herding sheep
  • weaning, weighing and checking lambs
  • moving cattle
  • moving pigs
  • making bread dough
  • harvesting veg and fruit
  • cob oven cooking – there will be pizza
  • making blackberry vinegar
  • building a poultry hut/run
  • Building bird/owl boxes
  • mending a livestock fence
  • tractor and machinery demonstration
  • farm walk


Cost: £210 per person for the weekend, including homemade lunch, Devon cream tea and refreshments on both days. There is a discount for multiple bookings for the same course date (e.g. £390 for two, £585 for three people etc).

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August 2024

Times: Day 1 start at 10am, finish 5pm.  Day 2 starts at 8.30am if you want to join us for the morning smallholder chores or 9.30am if you prefer a more leisurely start to your day, finish 4.30pm.

Booking: Booking is simple. Just send us your name, address, phone number and email address indicating which course you want to book with your preferred date, and we’ll send you an invoice (payment is required in advance), directions to the farm and any other information you might need. And don’t forget to tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.

Accommodation: For those of you travelling some distance, we don’t provide overnight accommodation on the farm but you’ll find some lovely options close by, ranging from B&Bs to camp sites and seriously luxurious treats here.

Do bring: outdoor clothes, clean wellies, waterproofs and a change of clothes if it looks like rain.

Boer goats during the fun smallholder training weekend at South Yeo Farm West in Devon
Bottle feeding a lamb on the Fun Smallholder training weekend at South Yeo Farm West in Devon
Aylesbury duckling being held during a smallholder training course at South Yeo Farm West in Devon

“I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and the amount of knowledge and experience you both have and are able to impart in such an engaging manner, has been totally Inspirational. Fabulous!!”

Log with a barn owl in the centre and the words South Yeo Farm West in a circle around it