Located in the Cotswold town of Witney, Cogges Manor Farm is a hidden gem with over 1,000 years of history. Set against the stunning backdrop of a 13th century manor house and Grade II listed 18th century farm buildings, today Cogges is an *award-winning visitor attraction for people of all ages to relax, learn and have fun.
Get some fresh air and explore 17 acres of naturally beautiful grounds, the enchanting walled garden, picnic orchard and moated islands – it offers the perfect socially-distanced family day out and you can even bring your dog!
Children love to feed the farm animals, explore the meadows and have fun in the woodland adventure play areas. Cogges also plays host to many special events, ranging from outdoor theatre and beer festivals, weddings, craft workshops and extra family activities in the school holidays.
“We had a wonderful time visiting Cogges today and are now proud season ticket holders! Very excited to watch our boy and his future siblings grow up playing there and visiting the animals. Really enjoyed our visit – such a little gem! It is exactly the sort of place that I was looking for - simple but wonderfully executed!”
Fans of Downton Abbey may be interested to know Cogges is the home of Yew Tree Farm and Mr Drewe, the tenant farmer. Many of the farm scenes in series 4, 5 & 6 took place in the grounds! Cogges has also featured in the 2019 film Colette, starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West about the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
This year is a particularly special year for Cogges as it celebrates its 10th anniversary being managed as Cogges Heritage Trust, a registered and independent charity that was set up in 2011. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, significant improvements are being made to the whole site, not least the renovation and heritage reinterpretation of the Manor House which will reopen to the public at the end of July.
Your family day out at Cogges will fill you up with a big dose of nature at its best, feel good memories, gorgeous photo opportunities with the animals and a chance to experience a unique piece of history. You can also stop for breakfast, lunch or a delicious home-made treat from the Cogges Kitchen café and you won’t be disappointed.
Cogges is an easy five-minute walk from the centre of Witney, or you can park in their free carpark (postcode OX28 3FR). They are following the government Covid-19 guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible, so please always check the website for the latest updates on what is open before you visit and pre-book your tickets online.
*Cogges won the Little Ankle Biters Awards 2021 as the best family attraction in Oxfordshire.
Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA (OX28 3FR for free car park)