Events and Activities


Don’t forget the Cheshire Freemasons Family Fun Day and Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday 27th August at the farm – free admission and fun for all the family!

Generous donation from local Freemasons

On Saturday 5th August, Carl Fryer (Seacombe Lodge), and Wayne Dwyer (Thermopylae Lodge) were pleased to present three heavy duty pop-up Gazebos to Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, bought from some of the proceeds of the recently held joint race night at Wallasey Masonic Hall.

Representatives of the urban farm, which has been serving the local community for many years, were delighted to receive the Gazebos, which will prove invaluable for outdoor events, especially during summer time, and will quickly be put to good use.

pictured left to right: Wbro Carl Fryer (Charity Representative, Seacombe Lodge), Janet Thorning and Vilja Gatrell (Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm), WBro Wayne Dwyer (Worshipful Master, Thermopylae lodge)

Our next event is a Summer Fair on 6th August; come and join us if you can! Running from 11am – 4pm, there will be stalls, activities and live music from Greasby Ukes and Wallasey Folk Club – a good day out for all the family in pleasant surroundings.

Thanks to Seacombe and Thermopylae Lodges for offering to include the urban farm in their fund-raising activities.

Looking ahead to 27th August, the urban farm will host a Cheshire Freemasons Family Fun Day and teddy bears picnic; more on that soon!

NEWSFLASH: We now have two baby alpacas (crias) called Treacle and Coconut to admire on the farm! Why not take a look when you visit the Summer fair or Fun Day?



Memorial to Councillor Denise Roberts

On Saturday 18th June an event was organised by Councillor Steve Foulkes, a Trustee of the farm, to remember Councillor Denise Roberts, also a Trustee, who died in February this year. The Mayor, Councillor Ann McLachlan and Consort Bill McLachlan were guests of honour; the Mayor planted a cherry tree and unveiled a plaque. Birkenhead MP Frank Field attended, as did other farm Trustees, Denise’s family and others who knew her.  Denise’s husband gave a short speech and thanked those present.

Councillor George Davies presented a cheque for £100 to the farm from the Labour group and a collection was taken at the event which raised £180. The farm is very grateful for both donations and appreciates the support in these challenging times.

Once the planting ceremony was over, a ‘Big Get Together’ picnic was held on the farm for those who had attended; it was perfect picnic weather. Many other similar picnics were being held on this weekend, in memory of the late MP Jo Cox.


There are activities and stalls over the Whit weekend on the farm, between 11am and 3,3pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Greasby Ukes are playing on the Saturday and as well as Knit and Natter, plants and crafts, there will be a children’s bargain book stall, thanks to books donated by Greasby Infants School. Farm sausages and eggs are on sale too. Come along and support your local urban farm! Admission is, as ever, FREE.

40th anniversary of reopening of Tam O’Shanter Cottage Field Study Centre

May 2017 marks 40 years since Tam O’Shanter Cottage was rebuilt and opened as a Field Study Centre for Bidston Hill. It was under threat of demolition after several attacks by vandalism and fire, but Birkenhead History Society stepped in and started a campaign to save it. A selection of press cuttings from that time, including a picture of the burnt-out wreck of the cottage prior to rebuilding, is on display in the activity room. A plaque high up on the end wall commemorates the official reopening, and a folder by the display shows pictures of the cottage when it was lived in and part of a smallholding. There is also a list of names of some of the people involved in the rebuilding; perhaps there is someone there who is known to you?


Bidston Hill and Flaybrick Walks

Every Saturday morning at 11am

  • Come along and enjoy the wonderful historic woodlands and monuments of Bidston Hill and Flaybrick Memorial Gardens.
  • All walks are for over 16s only and sorry but no dogs.
  • Please wear sensible footwear (may be muddy or slippery). No sandals please!

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