Boston Park Farm is a family business run by the Chappell family and includes the Tearooms, Maize Maze and horse liveries as well as an 800 acre arable farm. This is a brief history of how the farm began and how we got to where we are today.
1975 – David Chappell took over the tenancy at Boston Park Farm. The farm is owned by E V Waddington’s of Swinton and is rented on a long term basis by the Chappell Family.When the family moved in the house was in a poor condition and had to be completely renovated. The 500 acres of land hadn’t been properly managed for many years with some areas never being cultivated. It took many years to get the land into a suitable condition for producing crops.
Late 1970’s – The farm had a number of livestock including pigs, cows and ducks. It was mainly growing Spring Barley, Potatoes and Sugar Beet.
1983 – Some of the older traditional farm buildings were knocked down and replaced with a large grain store. By know we had a lot less livestock and were growing wheat, barley and sugar beet.
1991 – We started a small flock of sheep which gradually increased over the next 3 years to around 500 breeding ewes.
1995 – The Chappell family opened a cabin selling Thaymar ice-cream (which we still sell in the tearoom today!)
1998 – David Chappell visited a maize maze in Germany whilst competing in the World Ploughing Championships and thought it was a fantastic idea
2000 – Boston Park Maize Maze opened for its first summer and saw around 500 visitors.
2003 – The maze was expanded into a larger field and we opened a small petting farm for visitors through the summer
2005 – The remaining traditional farm buildings were converted into 12 stables for horses at livery
2006 – We rented a further 300 acres of land around Lindholme Prison, increasing the total area of land to 800 acres.
2008 – The flock of sheep had gradually decreased over the years as the buildings were converted into horse stables. The last of the sheep were eventually sold in the summer of 2008
2009 – The livery yard expanded to have 24 stables and livery
2011 – Due to the demand for the farm to be open all year around we made the decision to convert the existing barn into a tearooms with an indoor play area
July 2012 – The new tearooms opened for its first full season attracting over 3000 visitors throughout the summer, with a total of over 11,000 visitors in the year.
2013 – The main crop on the farm is now Maize, which is grown for a new Biomass plant producing gas for the national grid. Most of the land is now farmed by contractors as the Livery Yard and Maize Maze now demand most of our time.
May 2014 – Our Little Farmers toddler group started and within 2 months was attracting over 50 children per week
July 2014 – Further developments were made including new pig sty’s, duck pond, more animals, a new outdoor play area and new chicken sheds. These have helped to increase visitor numbers to over 20,000 people in the 2013/14 year. The farm now employs 5 full time staff, 7 part time staff and 4/5 casual workers throughout the summer.
Easter 2015 – An extension to the tearooms was built to increase the seating areas, provide an extra pay area for entries and a small gift shop.
February 2016 – A new indoor animal barn was built to provide an undercover area for feeding animals and animal handling sessions.
April 2016 – New toilet block, hatching shed, undercover outdoor seating and a new climbing frame were all installed. It was a busy month!!
March 2017 – New stable for the Ponies and Donkeys was built and work has started on a new building for the sand pit.
June 2017 – New sandpit shed was completed to make room for a fantastic indoor soft play area, which has been put in a new extension to the café. We also had some more new outdoor play equipment installed.
In the Future – We are continuously working to improve the facilities that we provide at the farm and hopefully will be making some more expansions and improvements in 2018!