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Mrs Dowsons Visitor Centre & Farm


Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, Clayton Le Dale, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7JA

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Tel: 01254 812 407

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A ram greets and enthralls visitors at the farm.

At Mrs Dowsons Visitor Centre and Farm they are passionate about giving their visitors the opportunity to see, touch and engage with their friendly farm animals, explore the countryside and experience a real working farm.

Explore the farm
Take in the fresh country air with a walk on our nature trail and meet some of the animals, big and small, along the way. There are also exciting tractor rides.  Meet the baby emus, piglets, kid goats and much more.  Visitors can enjoy the Wallaby Walk as the first wallabies to live on the farm make themselves at home. 

Don’t miss the Big Barn.
The Big Barn is home to donkeys, sheep and alpacas who are waiting for you to come and feed them.

Fun activities, events and talks.
Ever wanted to know why a cow has four stomachs?  How to feed baby calves, or how to farm and conserve the fields and wildlife that call the farm home?  There are lots of different talks and activities throughout the day including talks from the real farmers.  Events include wild camping, dinosaur events, goat yoga.  There is a fun play area for the young visitors.

As well as listening out for the sounds of the farm and countryside, join the farmer for a fun and educational tour of the farm. He’ll tell you all about what it’s like working on a farm, from getting up at 5am to bringing new born calves into the world on the real working farm.

There really is so much to see at Mrs Dowsons Farm, with hundreds of animals waiting to meet you and your family. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a day when the tractor is in the fields, you’ll be able to jump on board in the trailer and see all the sights in style, farmer style.

Mrs Dowsons Farm is a real working farm which means it is always busy with so many friendly animals to care for.  You can find out exactly what it’s like to be a farmer, even muck in and help to bottle feed the lambs, feed the hungry alpaca or handle baby chicks.  It’s all in a day’s work exploring the farm.

At Mrs Dowsons, award winning ice cream is made, the Dowson way, using fresh milk from the farm dairy.  Although the ice cream kitchen is off limits due to top secret recipes, you can treat your little farmers to a fresh and delicious pot or cone in the ice cream parlour.  A variety of exciting flavours are available.  Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream is available in outlets across the north west.

Mrs Dowsons Visitor Centre and Farm opens weekends, school and bank holidays, check the website for last minute updates.

The team look forward to seeing you soon down on the farm.

'We had a wonderful day out feeding the lambs, horses, goats and rabbits. Even on a cold day it’s so good to be outside on the farm. The children loved it.' Laura, Facebook

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Tickets from£6.79 per ticket
Under 1s freeFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open (2 Mar 2022 - 29 Sept 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

* Mrs Dowsons Farm opens weekends, school and bank holidays, spring until autumn each year. See their website for up-to-date information.
Last entry to the farm 16:00


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2015
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Small Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Small Visitor Attraction Award 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Small Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Small Visitor Attraction Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsEngland We're Good To Go England We're Good To Go 2020
  • Sub-Regional Awards2021 Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Accessible and Inclusive 2021 Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Accessible and Inclusive 2021
  • Sub-Regional Awards2021 Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2021 Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2021


Road Directions

From the M6 junction 31 follow signs for Clitheroe A59.  Situated approximately four miles along the A59 between Preston and Clitheroe. Look out for the Mrs Dowson Ice Cream signs.



  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Outdoor
  • Seasonal Opening Only
  • Use and Promote Local Produce

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside



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      The famous Mrs Dowsons Ice cream, served in multicoloured sprinkled cone.Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream, Blackburn From humble beginnings in 2001 when they created the first few pots of vanilla ice cream on the family farm, Mrs Dowsons have been focused on creating a quality product with honest ingredients

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