Our Plan for Occombe Farm

Our plan for an exciting all-weather visitor destination at Occombe Farm.

The big makeover – phase one

UPDATE: 15th September 2020: Phase one of this innovative project has been completed; massive improvements have been made to our Occombe Farm Cafe including: increasing floor space through a new extension; new toilet facilities; and a fresh contemporary internal makeover. Read more>

the big plan – phase two

The regenerated Occombe will incorporate a mix of indoor and outdoor play and activities alongside a much larger farm shop. With an improved cafe Occombe will be a year-round destination.

Summary of New Development Proposals

  • New farm visitor attraction with rare breeds and indoor barn for small and young animals
  • An innovative countryside themed play barn, with adventure play for children, incorporating a new party room
  • Outdoor play to include a massive Jumping Pillow – fun and exercise for all
  • Bigger and better farm shop with a range of West Country produce and quality gifts
  • New terrace for Cafe offering superb countryside views and 80 additional covers
  • New and improved educational facilities
  • More parking with six bays for blue badge holders, two electric charging bays plus a covered and secure cycle store
  • New and improved welfare and baby changing facilities throughout

We’re making improvements because…

  • The proposed new development will deliver significant positive benefits for both TCCT and Torbay and…
  • provide a great new destination for local people and visitors, a local food hub, year-round play facility and quality eatery;
  • create of up to 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;
  • generate significant additional revenue for the Trust to: replace lost funding and allow the Trust to rebuild lost capacity;
  • 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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