River Bourne Community Farm, Cow Lane, Salisbury, SP1 2SR

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River Bourne is a free to visit, working farm just on the outskirts of the historic cathedral city of Salisbury. Built and maintained by an impressive family of volunteers and a small dedicated staff, the farm is a hub of the community. Now in its 10th anniversary year, the farms vision to build an eco-friendly education centre and a farm that captures 1950/60s rural life is in full force and shows no signs of stopping!

The farm aims to live in harmony with nature and has worked closely with the local council to ensure the natural habitats around the farm are restored and maintained. Across the 70 acre site areas of chalk river, hedgerows, water meadows and wildflower teem with life. We at TWO Bird Experiences are especially thrilled to see such a wide variety of birdlife filling the skies and inhabiting the 40 nest boxes nestled in the trees and bushes across the site.

What to do

  • Feed the Animals

    The farmyard is filled with all sorts of animals just waiting to meet you, from the smaller fluffies in the long barn (guinea pigs, rabbits, degus and chicks) to the more exotic and whacky birds situated in the poultry aviaries which nestle around the twisted willow.

    The farm also offers £1 feed pots so that visitors can head down to the main green and picnic area and meet the miniature donkeys, the pygmy goats and their friends.

  • Have a bite to eat

    Before you head off home why not drop into Café at the Farm for a hot chocolate or bite to eat off the seasonal menu?

    Pop in before 11 and enjoy a breakfast bloomer filled with farm reared pork sausages and free range eggs collected by the farm volunteers! Or warm yourself up later on in the day with a delicious homecooked scone and a cup of tea.

    The café also doubles as a shop, not only selling produce from the farm, but showcasing all manner of of local products including honey, jams and chutneys, shortbread and gingerbread, vegetables grown on the allotments next door and soap made by the students that attend the farm.

  • Take a stroll

    On a bright and breezy day what is better than a walk in the sun? Starting on Cow Lane outside the café follow the farm and spinney trail to take in the rich variety of flora and fauna in the area. The 3km trail will wind you through mature woodland, the Victorian Railway embankment, through the Water meadows and along the river. Depending on the time of year, the trail has delighted its walkers with all manner of water birds including moorhens, swans, little egrets and herons. Through the butterflies and the dragonflies the luckiest may even spot a kingfisher or a water vole!

    In the summer months you may even be treated to a tractor trailer ride around the trail by Benjamin, who founded the farm, who will point out hidden treasures on the way including the Spectacular Yellow flag iris and Hedwig House- the home of out resident pair of Barn owls.

    If you would like to know more about River Bourne, head over to their website.


  • Can I bring my dog?

  • Is there a smoking area?

  • Is there parking on site?

  • Accessibility

  • Can I bring my own picnic?

  • Are there toilets and baby changing facilities onsite?

  • Are there handwash facilities onsite?

Opening times


10am-1pm, 7 days a week


10am-1pm, 7 days a week

Birds Of Prey

The birds of prey are on show every day for public to visit.

Getting here

Our address:

River Bourne Community Farm, Cow Lane, Salisbury, SP1 2SR.
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Arrive by car/taxi

River Bourne community farm is situated in the village of Laverstock. It is just off the A30 before you reach Salisbury.

From the M3: Leave the M3 at junction 8. Take the A303 westbound (towards Andover and Exeter). Leave the A303 and take the A343 exit off towards Salisbury. Continue on the road to follow the A30 to Salisbury. Turn left at the roundabout when you see the sign for Laverstock. Continue through Laverstock and you will see the farm on your right hand side.

From the M4: Leave at junction 18 to join the A46 (Stroud/Bath). Continue until you see the signs for Warminster A36. Follow the A36 into Salisbury until you reach the St Marks roundabout. Take the 3rd exit onto Wain-a-long road and you will find the farm just under the railway bridge, on your left.

From the M27: Leave at junction 2 and take the A36 towards Salisbury. Turn right at the park and ride when you reach Salisbury. Turn left onto Milford mill road. Turn right onto Manor farm road and the farm will be visible at the end of the road.

Public Transport

Nearest bus station- Manor Farm Road Bus Stop, Laverstock.
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Download a timetable or plan a journey with stagecoach:

Nearest Train Station: Salisbury station, South Western Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RS
Bus from the Train Station: 2 min walk to Hayters Flats bus stop. Get off at Blue boar row stop O (4 minute ride). 1 minute walk to Endless street, Stop C (5 minute ride). Get off at Manor Farm road directly outside the farm.

Car from Train Station: Follow South Western road and at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Fisherton street. At St Paul’s Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Churchill Way W/A36. At Castle Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Churchill Way N/A36. At St Mark’s Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Wain-A-Long Rd. Slight right to stay on Wain-A-Long Rd. Wain-A-Long Rd turns right and becomes Bourne Ave. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Laverstock Rd. The farm will be on your left. (5 min)

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