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Mother’s Day at Ferne

Mother’s Day at Ferne

Crafting Love for Mum: Mother’s Day Special at Ferne Animal Sanctuary!

Join us from March 4th to 10th for a week long celebration and surprise your Mum with a heartfelt craft. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity and love with you to Creative Corner. Entrance to the sanctuary will be just £1 per person on Sunday 10th of March, Mothering Sunday!

Create a personalised card, vibrant paper flowers or bring the outdoors to your mum with a handmade unique bird feeder.

Crafting Options include:

  • Personalised Card: Express your feelings with a handmade card.
  • Vibrant Flowers: Create a paper bouquet that speaks volumes of love.
  • Unique Bird Feeder: Bring the outdoors to your mum with a nature-inspired feeder.

This is the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude and celebrate a special women in your life that combines creativity with the appreciation of nature.

Willow Workshop

Willow Workshop

Enjoy an afternoon of crafting at our popular Willow Workshop!

Join us on the 16th of March from 10am to 3pm for a unique experience where you’ll create your very own willow hare. Hosted by Fon Cosens.

All materials are provided, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable crafting journey.

The workshop fee of £60 covers all materials as well as refreshments.

Unleash your creativity and take home a charming willow hare masterpiece. Limited spots available, so secure your place here

Full Moon & Spring Equinox Healing Sound & Yoga Retreat

Full Moon & Spring Equinox Healing Sound & Yoga Retreat

Stretch, cleanse, re-align and relax with Healing Sound & Yoga

Karen Ward will be returning to Ferne Animal Sanctuary for another yoga retreat joined by healing sound practitioner, Alexandra Simson.

Come along on Sunday 24th March: midday – 3pm and give yourself some valuable time out on the mat.

In this retreat you will be releasing tension with yoga and breathwork.

Followed by a sound bath and full moon meditation with the gongs – to deeply relax and realign.

The pure harmonics of these extraordinary instruments soothe and slow your busy mind into a meditative state while the vibrations gently restore resonance and harmony throughout your physical and non-physical body. Deeply restorative and rejuvenating, by the end you’ll feel beautifully calm and relaxed.

Your time together will close with some light snacks

Secure your limited space for £44 by clicking here 

Please note that although gong baths have healing properties, it is advisable to avoid them if you have undergone major surgery within the past 6 weeks, are in the first trimester of pregnancy, or have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Easter Balloon Race

Easter Balloon Race

Join our Virtual Easter Balloon Race for a cracking opportunity to win some fantastic prizes whilst also helping support the animals in our care!

We’re thrilled to be taking part in this race, launching on Sunday the 31st of March 2024 at 12pm. For just £3, you can purchase a virtual balloon. You can customise it with text and designs. Then watch it race across the landscape against real-time weather conditions!

There are some egg-citing prizes to be won, including £100 cash! Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate this Easter in a unique way and make an incredible difference to the lives of animals in need.

Buy your balloons HERE!

Easter Activities

Easter Activities

Explore the Magic of Easter Half-Term at Ferne!

Join us for an array of egg-citing events and springtime festivities that brings joy for all ages! Engage with crafty creations or expand your knowledge with engaging educational talks.

our Easter lineup is bursting with opportunities with hands on crafting sessions where your imagination can run wild or engage with our educational talks that will enlighten you to the responsibilities and care your rabbit needs.

Our activities and Spring Fayre will make this Easter Half-Term truly special. Hop into the festivities at Ferne this half term and celebrate the spirit of Easter with us

Don’t miss out on the excitement

Spring Fayre

Spring Fayre

Ferne would like to invite you to our Annual Spring Fayre on March 31st.

Join us on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg hunt, children’s activities in Creative Corner, fundraising fun and support our local traders along with lots more fun at Ferne!

Bring your friends and family and make a day of it. Don’t forget to visit Nina’s Café for a pick me up or a meal while you are here!

We would love to have stall holders at our event. Please contact activities@ferneanimalsanctuary.org for any enquiries and to book with us

We will share more information, so please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates!

Minster Milers’ Mash – 10K Race

Minster Milers’ Mash – 10K Race

We are really excited to be working in partnership with the Minster Milers to bring back the Minster Milers Mash in 2024!

The race to be held on Sunday 7th April, will start from the Archie Gooch Pavilion in Ilminster, before looping around the south of the town, then returning through the Dillington Estate and the Market Square.

You can sign up for the race HERE  and all proceeds from the event will be split equally between us and the Minster Milers.

Minster Milers Chair John Cusack said “Working with Ferne Animal Sanctuary takes the skills of both the running club and the charity to create what we hope will be an amazing event!”

It is hoped that the 2024 Mash will become an annual event, bringing up to 350 runners and spectators into the town. Local businesses will be invited to join in, promoting local products and services to the competitors and their families.

The Minster Milers hold regular club nights every Wednesday at 7pm from the Archie Gooch Pavilion. A choice of 5km (steady and faster) and 10km runs are available, contact Minstermilers@gmail.com for more information.

Dog First Aid Training

Dog First Aid Training

Following on from two successful courses, Allwinds first aid will be returning again this April!

This dog first aid course runs for six hours (including refreshment breaks) and is delivered by director Amanda Williams who is a qualified veterinary nurse. Included is your certificate of attendance which is valid for three years from the date of completion and fully complies with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and The Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The course includes knowledge building around:
– Bleeding
– Heatstroke
– Burns
– Seizures
– Traffic accidents
– Drowning
– CPR

Please keep an eye on our what’s on page for any upcoming first aid courses

May Half Term

May Half Term

Welcome to Wildlife Wonders at Ferne!

This half term, join us for an array of educational wildlife themed activities. Engage with our Creative Corner team for exciting hands on activities, each activity will unleash your creativity and bring you closer to the wonders of the natural world.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with nature and foster a love for wildlife this half term!

Pond Dipping: Please note that pond dipping is weather-dependent to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all

Birds on a branch Paint Event

Birds on a branch Paint Event

Do you want to come along and learn how to paint your very own beautiful birds masterpiece? Or perhaps treat someone to the experience as a Mothers Day gift!

We are incredibly excited to have Karen Huwen, an experienced teacher and award winning artist, to host a painting afternoon here at the sanctuary in our function room on June 2nd.

Karen will take you through every step to paint your very own masterpiece on canvas. No experience or drawing skills needed, just your enthusiasm and a desire to create something pawtastic to take home and put on your wall! Just bring yourself as we will provide all the necessary materials.

Click here to secure limited spot, and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee

All profits will go towards the vital care for all our animals who find themselves at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Calling all daredevils…

Calling all daredevils…

Have you always wanted to do a skydive or ride on the wing of a vintage Boeing Stearman?! Well great news, you can do either of these and raise money for the animals in our care at the same time!

Join our fearless fundraisers on Saturday the 8th June 2024 at Skydive buzz in Dunkeswell.

Raise the minimum amount and skydive or wing-walk for free! For more info visit our Fundraise for Us page and get in touch!

Dog First Aid

Dog First Aid

Our popular Allwinds first aid will be returning with another course this July to ensure your confidence in handling any situation

This dog first aid course runs for six hours (including refreshment breaks) and is delivered by director Amanda Williams who is a qualified veterinary nurse. Included is your certificate of attendance which is valid for three years from the date of completion and fully complies with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and The Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The course includes knowledge building around:
– Bleeding
– Heatstroke
– Burns
– Seizures
– Traffic accidents
– Drowning
– CPR

Our last course sold out over 2 months beforehand so be quick to get your tickets here

Summer Fayre

Summer Fayre

Kick off your summer with a trip to Ferne on the 20th for our Summer Fayre. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Information will be released closer to the date

Wire Flower Sculpting Workshop

Wire Flower Sculpting Workshop

Join us for this exciting opportunity to create your own bouquet of flowers – out of wire.

Sculpting with wire is a magical process This workshop will see you arrive as a beginner and leave clutching a collection of beautifully made flowers, with pride!

Using wire, pliers and cutters, the tutor will show you the techniques of hand weaving wire to create a variety of flowers. This will include fuchsias, daffodils and seed heads.

The two workshops will run from 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 to 4.30. All the materials to make your bouquet of wire flowers will be provided. Please note, we recommend wearing old clothes and even an apron, as wire can be quite messy.

We are looking forward to this workshop, and look forward to seeing a host of beautiful blooms!

Don’t miss the opportunity to unleash your creativity and get your tickets here

Ferne’s Annual Dog Show

Ferne’s Annual Dog Show

Our favourite event of the year! Ferne’s annual dog show returns on Sunday 1st September with fun classes, have-a-go agility, stands, fundraising activities, delicious food and lots more.

All funds raised go straight back to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, so please come along with your furry best friend and support Ferne.

We will be releasing more information on this event closer to the time.

Doglaw Seminar

Doglaw Seminar

Attention to all dog owners, dog walkers, pet sitters and other dog care professionals. 

Trevor Cooper is the leading dog law specialist in the country. Take this opportunity to stay current and ask any dog law related questions face to face.

Save the date and be a part of this unique opportunity to engage with the leading dog law specialist in the country and click here for more information.

Halloween

Halloween

Help us celebrate Halloween at Ferne by joining us for a spooktacular event for the whole family at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

We will be revealing all you need to know on the run up to this event

Christmas Market and Animal Blessing

Christmas Market and Animal Blessing

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre on Sunday 1st December.

We have a super collection of stalls featuring hand crafted goods. The tranquil setting of Ferne makes Christmas shopping a pleasure. Why not make a day of it and enjoy a meal at Nina’s?

Join us and our barn animals for our heartwarming annual animal blessing at 4pm

Keep your eyes peeled for more information

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