Open day at famous farm

THe owners of Beuavale Abbey Farm in Moorgreen will open their doors to hundreds of people this weekend to show off priory remains on their land.

Each year Tony and Ann Whyte host an open day to offer tours around Beauvale Priory – the remains of a 650-year-old Carthusian Monastery – and show people how far they have got with turning the site into a tourist attraction.

The couple already offer tours of the priory, and plan to transform their farm buildings into a classroom, an ice cream parlour, a coffee shop and a micro brewery to make a full attraction of the site.

This Sunday, June 12, hundreds of people will flock to the farm for the third year running as part of National Open Farm Sunday.

Mrs Whyte said: “The whole idea is to show people what we are doing and how far we have come, and to give everybody a good day out. People want to wish us luck and see how it’s all going.

“It’s about raising the profile of the farm and using the National Open Farm Sunday as a way of doing that.”

The Whytes will offer visitors tours of the priory and will be putting on an indoor farmers’ market and craft fair, hog roast and barbecue, dog displays and pony rides.

There will be Morris dancers, a vintage ambulance display and a fly over by the air ambulance.

The open day, between 10am and 5pm, is free entry, but money taken from car park charges and tea and coffee will go towards the new classroom. Building work is due to start this year and it will be used by schools and history groups.

The coffee shop will be the first thing to open and will help generate money for the other projects.

Over the past year the priory remains have undergone extensive consolidation works to make them more stable and stop them deteriorating.

There was only nine Carthusian Monasteries built in England and Beauvale Priory houses the second most remains.