May & June 2022 at Stourton

Weddings at Stourton Woods, beautiful images & wonderful feedback

We are now well into our wedding season at Stourton. The fantastic thing about our venue is that there are no limitations. Each and every wedding hosted at Stourton is unique to the couple, whether that’s the wedding styling, the entertainment, the catering and various camping options.  This is all backed up by a team of people our end helping you to ensure that the day runs without a hitch (well, other than actually getting hitched!).

We have had some lovely feedback from a couple for whom we recently hosted their big day that we wanted to share with you.

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for us for our amazing wedding day. It was perfect with all your planning and ensuring everything ran smoothly on the day! We couldn’t of done it without you!…………… The [guests] loved the ceremony and the venue and fell in love themselves with it all.” 

We hosted another wedding last weekend ( see the images in the gallery below).  Amy & Dan had chosen a London bus as their preferred method of guest transport so we were busy trimming some trees around the entrances and roadways ensuring that this fantastic vehicle can fit through! Nothing is too much trouble for us here!

 

 

A great total raised for vitally important local charities

On 19th May we hosted a Well-being day in the Safari Tent at Stourton Wood to raise funds for two important local charities.  We are absolutely delighted to tell you that we have raised a massive £3,024.53 which has been split between Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.  The audience learnt a lot more about the vital roles these charities play in our community and we are so pleased to contribute much needed funds to make a difference to their operations.

This was only possible with the generous sponsorship support from Forrester Boyd Accountants, the Woldmarsh buying group and Wilkin Chapman solicitors.  Thanks to all the speakers who so kindly gave their time to share valuable information about improving mental and physical wellbeing as well as how what you eat positively impacts your day to day life.  Special thanks also goes to Amy Jobe, Emma Middleton, Nicola Carr and Helen Strawson who spent a great deal of their own time organising this event.  We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed their day here.

 

Deer Safaris on Sundays – kids go free until the end of June

We are really enjoying hosting guests every Sunday from 10am – 4pm for our open days. Our ‘kids go free’ special offer on deer safaris, available until the end of June, is proving very popular.  If you want to book a place on one of safaris please click here. They run at 11am,  2pm and at other times in between subject to demand.

As its calving season we have so many little deer calves running about.  As they are still so small and mothers are still calving we don’t want to disturb them so the deer safaris won’t go into the calving enclosures, but if you walk one of the routes you may ‘spot’ one / two!

As well as deer safaris you, your family and your well behaved dogs can take in the beautiful woodland, lakes and countryside on offer here.  There is a range of trails on offer to explore of differing lengths. Plus refreshments are available on the day.

Please follow signs to STOURTON WOODS on roadside or follow map/directions online here  https://www.stourtonestates.co.uk/contact-us/where-to-find-us/

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It’s not long to go now until our first Artisan Market – Sunday 26th June

Stourton Estates has teamed up with the Lincolnshire Makers group, a collective of over 800 local Lincolnshire creatives, artists and food producers; to bring you our first Summer Artisan Market being held at Stourton Woods, Baumber on Sunday 26th June, from 10am – 4pm!

Over 50 local businesses will showcase their wares at the event, taking place in the shelter of the Roundhouse in the woods which is surrounded by parklands of red deer and their newly born deer calves. The Roundhouse, provides shelter for the deer from the elements during the winter months.

Expect a huge range of items on offer from cakes to candles, jewellery to jams, honey to homewares, cheese to ceramics, doughnuts to dog treats, fudge to flowers at Stourton Woods on Sunday 26th June!

Local guitar duo Nigel and Teri will entertain visitors throughout the event, plus locally sourced food and culinary delights served by SEASON Street Food and The Peel Wood Fired Kitchen making delicious fresh pizzas. Picnic benches will be dotted throughout the grounds for you to soak in the atmosphere or enjoy a walk around the estate grounds!

Deer safaris will run throughout the day (which are wheelchair accessible) and kids ride free! These can be booked online in advance on our website. The event is dog friendly and entry is free, although a small car parking fee will apply – every penny of which is reinvested into the grounds maintenance.

With such an array of Lincolnshire creatives, food producers, makers and artists together in a beautiful setting this is an event not to be missed!

 

Upcoming events:

Sunday 3rd July : Focus Rides Moutain Bike Cross Country Series 4

Following the success of last year’s mountain bike event: Mud, Sweat & Gears; Focus rides are back with their Mountain Bike Cross Country Series round 4 to Stourton Woods on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

Book your places via their online Rider HQ website. There are various categories which you can enter plus it’s open to age 7+ as long as you can ride a bike confidently off-road. Why not make a weekend of it? Camping on site is also available over the weekend…. what are you waiting for?

Click here to book your space.

 

Sunday open days in July

As usual we will be open in Sundays in July and August.  However we are bringing you something a little different to add to your day’s enjoyment…… watch this space!

Camping Weekend… 22nd – 24th July 2022

Get out your tent, hook up your caravan and get yourself down to the woods the first weekend of the school holidays to chill, out, escape technology and have some family time together at our open camping weekend.  This is taking place in the shelter of the arboretum so limited pitches are available – don’t miss out book now!

https://www.stourtonestates.co.uk/product/events/open-camping-weekend-22nd-24th-july-2022/

 

On the Farm

As this blog goes to press we are now in the middle of June and time is going by at an alarming rate of knots! We have now closed the gate on the winter barley and winter oilseed rape crops until any pre-harvest desiccation treatments. The final fungicide application on the winter wheat to protect against diseases of the ‘ear’ (seed bearing head) is imminent.

This growing season has again shown us some extremes. The extreme dry has made our crops move rapidly through their growth stages, to the point where their development is around 10 days ahead of where we would usually expect them to be. The recent cooler weather will have helped steady things down a little but we could still be due a slightly early start to harvest as a result. At this stage our autumn/winter sown crops do seem to have a reasonable amount of potential but there’s still plenty mother nature could do to throw a spanner in the works!!

On our spring crops our spring barley will soon receive its final fungicide application as well followed by the same on our spring oats in around 10-14 days. The sugar beet has received what I hope will be the final broadleaved weed herbicide application though we may need to tidy a few bits and pieces up. Our focus on the sugar beet will then turn to fungicide and trace element applications.

Elsewhere on the farm we are about to start re-roofing our main general storage building. The asbestos sheets have been on since the shed was built in the 1960s and have started to become porous. These will be replaced by fibre cement panels, we hope they give us as much wear as the ones they are replacing!

Next on the agenda is to get everything ready for the upcoming harvest and cultivation season. We will be going through all of the machinery to renew all wearing parts and to check they are in generally good condition. We also have all of the grain stores to get cleaned and ready to receive the new seasons crop.

 

Deer Diary

We are in the thick of calving time here. The hinds are all coping very well and make for great, natural mums. They are very good at hiding the calves from prey in long nettle patches and tucked near fences so we have to work extra hard to keep an eye on which have calved and make sure that we at least glimpse their calves to perform a health check.

Ant has been back to school and has passed his annual quality assurance test in Deer Management. This course ensures that we are fully up to date and compliant with the careful and considerate management of our deer herd.

The stags are still growing their antlers – they grow so quickly at this time of year you can see the changes from day to day.  Winston is still ahead of Nelson, although the younger stag is catching up quickly!  We may have a new head stag this Autumn…?!

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