Our Plan for Occombe Farm

We started planning the regeneration of Occombe over four years ago. We wanted to create a great and fun place to visit that would also generate funds towards our charitable work across Torbay.

The big makeover – phase one

Phase one was completed in September 2019. This involved massive improvements to Occombe Farm Cafe including: increasing floor space through a new extension; new toilet facilities; and a fresh contemporary internal makeover. Read more>

the big change – phase two

To create a brand new local food shopping hub, to showcase the best that Devon and the West Country has to offer. Occombe Farm Shop opened in August 2021.

We promise a very special, local shopping experience; one where you’ll be able to buy milk from a dispenser, wholefoods by weight and and a fantastic range of products made, even grown, on our doorstep. Across our product selection, we have looked to minimise single-use plastics and incorporate refillables and recycling.

the big plan – phase three

Occombe Farm Park & Play opened in March 2022. The new visitor attraction incorporates a mix of indoor and outdoor play, animal encounters barn and animal paddocks trail.

A Summary of the New Development Proposal

  • New farm visitor attraction with farm animals and indoor barn for small and young animals;
  • An innovative countryside themed play barn, with adventure play for children, incorporating a new party room;
  • Bigger and better farm shop with a range produce and quality gifts sourced from across Devon and the West Country;
  • New terrace for Cafe offering superb countryside views and 80 additional covers
  • New and improved educational facilities
  • More parking with additional bays for blue badge holders;

We made improvements because…

  • The new development will deliver significant positive benefits for both TCCT and Torbay:
  • provide a great new destination for local people and visitors, a local food hub, year-round play facility and quality eatery;
  • create of approximately 60 new jobs at Occombe;
  • address a long-standing gap in Torbay’s visitor offer by providing a farm-based visitor attraction and thus encourage more people to visit, stay and spend in Torbay;
  • provide new and improved educational opportunities for the Trust to tell children about the natural world, food and farming, sustainability and Torbay’s unique natural heritage;
  • enable the Trust to better maintain and improve Torbay’s natural environment for the benefit of all;
  • … and allow the Trust to provide more varied and better-supported volunteering opportunities.

We are fundraising to make this project happen and if you would like to contribute we would really like to hear from you. Email us:

If you’d like more information about our plans for Occombe download a copy of our project leaflet below or contact us: info@countryside-trust.org.uk

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