In 1985 a small group of volunteers including their Founder Patron, Tim Grundy came up with the concept of The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT).

Based around a beautiful 17th century farmhouse, in the heart of Cheshire Countryside. The Charity offers free adventure breaks and activities to children who are disadvantaged by illness, disability and poverty from all over the Northwest of the UK.

Their mission statement:

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust cannot change a child’s life in just a few days, but believes it can show the children who stay here that there is more to life than their day to day existence.

It is the memory a child can keep and cherish in the darkest times that really matters. If a child leaves with that, then they have truly achieved something. Changing a life may not be possible but making a difference is.

What facilities are there?

•    Art Room
•    Barbeque Area
•    Field/Adventure Playground
•    Games Room
•    Greenhouse & Organic Vegetable Patch
•    Junior Assault Course
•    Multi Sensory Suite
•    Music Room
•    Nature Activity Trail
•    Pond/Sensory Garden
•    Respite Care Facility
•    Sheep Enclosure
•    Sports Hall

The Barbeque Area:

A separate decked area, near the farmhouse, with seating for up to 50 people – in a quiet orchard. One gas barbeque is provided.

The Games Room:

The Games Room is situated on the first floor of the Sports Hall and provides a Pool Table, Dart Board, Large TV with Sky, Disco Area, Juke Box and four couches for relaxing.

Junior Assault Course:

An Outdoor Activity Area for children aged 10 – 15 years.

Multi-Sensory Suite:

A magical room with special lights, strobe effects, soft play area, ‘touchy-feely’ experiences, plus a specialist room that is ideal for children with extra special needs. There is also a state of the art play and entertainment centre.

Music Room:

Used for structural workshops and free time. It has a wide range of Percussion Instruments, Recording Equipment, Electronic Instruments and a Video Karaoke System.

Nature Activity Trail:

The Nature Activity Trail is an exciting and fun trek with many hidden surprises and wonderful things to spot – just around the next corner.  It is an ideal venue for Magical Treasure Hunts.

Pond/Sensory Garden:

The pond is home to Geese and Ducks.  It is a very relaxing area for all children/young people and is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

This very special area gives a feeling of tranquility and colour – and is particularly enjoyed by children / young people with a Visual Impairment.

Respite Care Facility:

The care of a Disabled or Chronically Sick child is a very exhausting lifestyle. It has been found that a short break recharges the batteries of the Carer. Children’s Adventure Farm has two self contained flats that can be hired individually or combined.

Sheep Enclosure:

They have 6 Sheep living on the farm. The Children can pet and feed the Sheep and learn all about Wool Textures, Spinning etc. They will also learn about Animal Welfare.

Sports Hall:

Opened by Sir Bobby Charlton, the Sports Hall provides facilities for five a side football, basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey, gymnastics and soft play for children of all abilities.

There are also showers and toilets for disabled and able bodied people.

A Quick Mention of Forthcoming Events

•    Family Fun Day – On Sunday August 31st  2008 in CAFT
•    The Grand Canyon Experience in USA – September 12th – 21st 2008 (Global Challenge)
•    The Great Wall Challenge – September 20th – 28th 2009 in China
•    London to Paris Bike Ride – June 2009

See here for contact details.



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