Thorpe Farm was a traditional working farm featuring familiar British farm animals, farming vehicles and machinery.
Then: A large piece of land across the other side of Manor Lake from the main section of the park.
Now: The area is currently unused.
Official Thorpe Park Description:
From the 2000 Thorpe Park Website “Catch the train from Canada Creek Railway Station to Thorpe Farm, a working farmyard where children can see and safely touch many different breeds of sheep, pigs, cows and goats.
Thorpe Farm covers more than 15 acres. Over sixty species of wild fowl and wild birds have been identified at Thorpe Farm. Some of these stay all the year round whilst others are summer or winter visitors.
Guests to the farm can watch foot trimming, sheep shearing and lots of births.
There is a comprehensive breeding programme at the farm for sheep, cows, pigs and goats.”
Over the years the farm was active you could access it via the Waterbuses from Model World or the Canada Creek Railway. And at least until the closure of Treasure Island Railway in 1993 you could also walk to the farm on a path that ran alongside the Canada Creek Railway track.
As well as the Sheep, Cows, Pigs and Goats the farm was home to many animals including: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Shire Horses, Donkeys, Shetland Ponies, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Llamas and a Duckling that was rescued by staff from the Tidal Wave track who then thought he was a Chicken.
The farm was designed to be a recreation of a 1930’s working farm. When they were developing the area they had to carefully restore many of the farm buildings as they date back to the 17th Century. These buildings include Manorhouse Farm house, Manorhouse Barn and the Shire Bar, all of which are Grade II listed buildings.
Other attractions at Thorpe Farm included a Craft Centre, a Farm Gift Shop, a small children’s playground, an Ice cream shop and a restaurant called ‘Pot Bellies’ (in 2006 this was renamed as ‘The Farm Restaurant’).
Thorpe Farm Closure
In 2007 Thorpe Park posted notices around the park informing guests that Thorpe Farm would not be reopening following its closure during the summer of the 2006 season.
This is what the notices said about the closure:
“Thorpe Park has made the decision not to reopen its Farm attraction in 2007, which has now been closed since Summer 2006. The numbers of guests choosing to spend time at the Farm has declined steadily due to the range of new and improved attractions available for guests of all ages, and this factor has been instrumental in us reaching this decision.
Please rest assured that all the animals have been re-homed. At present there are no firm plans for the main Farm area, but we hope to have our landscape team occupy the grounds in the near future for horticultural purposes.”
Memories of Thorpe Farm:
Facts & Trivia:
Thorpe Farm is also known as Manorhouse Farm. This is a historical name for the farm from before Thorpe Park opened it to the public.