Published: 21 December 2017
Ho ho ho! Throughout the month of December, Occombe Farm has played host to so many wonderful, festive events and visits.
December began with a fantastic Christmas Hamper Workshop run by our very own Meirel. This cookery school event guided attendees through the making of their own traditional Christmas hamper. Treats included warming German stollen, decadent truffles and ‘moreish’ parmesan biscuits.
We also had visits from Broadhempston School and Blackpool Primary school. Students from both schools enjoyed a day filled with baking delicious gingerbread biscuits, getting creative with some Christmas crafting as well as taking on our Christmas trail. Students had to use our Christmas code cracker to break the code and find out Santa’s favourite food... MINCE PIES of course!
The second weekend event was our ever popular Gingerbread House workshop, led by Lori Reich. This workshop provided fun for all family as Lori led attendees in the construction and beautiful decoration of their gingerbread masterpieces.
In the final week before Christmas we had our Christmas Tots Clubs! Gathering in the yurt, warmed by a real log fire we got crafty making baubles to hang on the tree, colourful paper chains as well as little Rudolph cup puppets. Tots then ventured out into the garden where we had a very special task for them... TO SAVE CHRISTMAS! Our good friend Santa Claus couldn’t seem to find any of his reindeer, luckily our Tots Clubs saved the day; finding all of those pesky reindeer who had been hiding at Occombe all along! Finally, we gathered by the fire to listen to a lovely Christmas story. Our Tots sessions proved so popular this year that we added extra sessions to accommodate, running a total of 9 over the week.
We finished off our festive events with 3 days of Christmas Kids Cookery where budding chefs spent the whole day in Occombe’s Community Kitchen baking festive treats such as Polar Bear Peppermint Creams, Rudolph’s Carrot Muffins, Jolly Marshmallow Snowmen and Snow ladies as well as a traditional Chocolate Yule Log.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who made these events so memorable and fun, we can’t wait to see you all again next year!
We would also like to say a special thank you to all the staff and volunteers who will continue to look after the animals over the holidays.