The Garden House Marple
Charity and Community farm

Welcome to The Garden House

We are a charitable organisation and community farm based in Marple Bridge, providing an outdoor space for families, groups and organisations.

We are home to a variety of animals including; Pigs, Alpacas, Rabbits, Goats, Shetland Ponies and more. Our sensory garden and Riverside walk provide a calm, tranquil space to enjoy the natural environment.

Our suggested donation is £3 per person for those visiting us.

Booking to visit is not required for individuals and families. If you would like to make a group booking, please contact us.

We are closed on Mondays for essential maintenance. 

The Garden House is a registered charity and community farm based in Marple, Stockport.

The day to day running of the farm and cafe is all volunteer led. 

Our team is composed of a small number of trustees and committee members who work together with volunteers from the community.

We work together with charities and groups that support children and young adults with complex needs. Our on site facilites ensure the farm is accessible and enjoyable for all. 

Our aims as a charity are to promote sustainability and raise awareness of mental health and animal welfare.

 

Lisa Hillman
Lisa Hillman
19:51 17 Sep 22
Definitely a highly recommended from us. Great family trip out. Play area is great. Animals are friendly and well looked after.Great ice cream. Definitely recommend
Jana S
Jana S
21:10 08 Aug 22
Love it there, visited 2nd time, very peaceful place surrounded by trees, my children 3, 6 and 9 had a great time, spent there 3-4 hours. Few small play areas, sand pit tennis table, slides and swings. Not a petting farm so visitors cannot feed the animals but you can touch the run away pigs or friendly lamas. Shallow river on site where children can soak their feet and throw some rocks.Free entry with voluntary donation is a bonus.Ice cream, food and drinks can be purchased from from little buffet, toilets and washing facilities on site.
Keith Edleston
Keith Edleston
05:49 27 Jun 22
Great place to visit with the kids, such a heart warming place to go. All volunteers who work hard to make sure the animals are looked after and plenty for visitors to see/do. Definitely go again
Basheer Khan
Basheer Khan
17:11 15 May 22
The farm is nice for kids to visit and see the various animals but there is also a fabulous place to walk along the river which is really peaceful and calming, snuggled under loads of trees. There is also a little spot at the farm where you can get close to the water and dip your feet in when it gets hotter. Will definitely be going there again!
Lenka Treskova
Lenka Treskova
07:11 01 Apr 22
Lovely place for children! My little one loved it. There is cafe so you can get some refreshments. It's also dog friendly (on lead at all times) which is great
Leona Kenyon
Leona Kenyon
10:20 28 Mar 22
A cute little community farm, perfect for a lovely afternoon out. Free but a donation is grateful so we paid the suggested £3 each which was worth it. My daughter loved it. Although you can’t actually feed the animals anymore, we were lucky enough to be around when the staff were so they let my daughter join in. The lovely lady volunteer answered lots of her questions & was happy to teach her a few things about the animals and you could tell she enjoyed working there and passing on her knowledge.There are a few free roaming animals and animals behind the wired fence, but you still get a good interaction with them.Cute little cafe under a shelter, that sold lovely chocolate cake at a fair price.The river side walk is lovely and peaceful, especially on a sunny day. With different birds to spot in the trees.There is a little play area and wishing well & great hand washing facilities.If your looking for a pleasant morning or afternoon out then here is perfect. Not sure you could do a full day there as it is just a small place. However perfect way to support local farm/community & entertainment the kids without the massive expense!
Emma Fenlon
Emma Fenlon
00:16 26 Mar 22
Absolutely lovely day out - has a bit of everything! What was meant to be a couple of hours turned into a whole day of fun and exploration! Thank you! Much more than worth the suggested donation.
Human McBeing
Human McBeing
16:30 16 Sep 21
Absolutely loved our visit here. Animals are well looked after and a few are wandering about freely,friendly too. Free entry but donations welcome. Helpful staff and a great walk by the river too.Definitely worth a visit for animal lovers and nature fanatics.
Robyn Mckay
Robyn Mckay
14:14 14 Sep 21
Fantastic local community farm, all staff are volunteers and are super friendly. Great place for kids and family. There’s a lovely little cafe on site too, there’s many activities you can do from petting the animals, walking along the river bank, little sand pits for the children, a zip wire. I would highly recommend visiting. The Garden House rely solely on donations to keep the place running.
colin mills
colin mills
07:29 13 Sep 21
The Garden House is a great day out for all the family. The staff are friendly and helpful and the animals look healthy. It also provides volunteer work and work placements for people with special needs, which is extremely beneficial for them. I'm very impressed by the care and attention for all concerned on the farm. The owner is also very friendly and kind.Nicola Mills.
Peter Bushell
Peter Bushell
12:03 01 Sep 21
Great day out for the family FREE entrance only donations which is good but if recommend a minimum of £5 as I've seen people put about 80p in from such and amazing place for the kidsKids get to play see animals and have a walk around a river what more could you ask for fit FREE? owners was nice and friendly greeted us as we entered and told us about the area and what's going on today which was goodHIGHLY RECOMMENDED5 ⭐
Christine Boden
Christine Boden
13:12 31 Aug 21
Lovely little place with some animals and a play area, beautiful little river surrounded by forest to the side. Ice cream and food/coffee available (nice bacon barm).Be warned, the road to get there is very bumpy/holey!Just up the road is the ruins of an old mill and more views to explore
Cath Hand
Cath Hand
22:54 24 Aug 21
Lovely place, friendly staff. Good selection of animals. Great children's play areas. Lovely river walk.Unfortunately the road down to it could wreck your tyres as it had very deep potholes.
Zappy Lynn
Zappy Lynn
23:41 22 Aug 21
Rustic, natural, a great story to its history, beside the River Goyt too. We'll kept animals, allowed to roam freely when it's their turn.. Funny alpacas & pot bellied pigs, not forgetting lots of goats Plenty other animals too. Fab play areas. Yes several!Lovely staff. Very reasonably priced all round, incl the fab ice cream from the kiosk.Low key, family half a day out.Basic but sufficient choice from the cafe. Good coffee too.
Katrin Randles
Katrin Randles
17:28 12 Aug 21
Brilliant place to visit. Really well organized. Big thank you so all the staff who were very friendly and helpful. Definitely will visit again.
Stuart Montgomery
Stuart Montgomery
06:50 25 May 21
We had a lovely walk along the river to here from Marple Bridge. Never knew this place existed until a month ago. A lovely set up with pigs, goats, ponies and alpacas and a children's play area. Lots of seating. Unfortunately the 'cafe' let this place down. We were going to have coffee and cake but the queue was so long and slow, we left. They are missing a big opportunity here to make money for the farm. I'm really not sure why they were spending ages making bacon butties!!!?? Simple, quick food is all that is need in my opinion.
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