What we do

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm, a 17th Century farmhouse set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. We provide a variety of free programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

CAFT helps children of all abilities aged 17 and under. Children who through no fault of their own miss out on the normalities of childhood. The needs of the children visiting the Farm are complex and range from severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as carers for a family member, to children who have already faced bereavement and children who have witnessed and been victims of abuse. For these children, a visit to CAFT provides a much needed opportunity to have fun and laughter and to simply enjoy being children.

Each child that visits us is treated as an individual with their own strengths, likes and dislikes. Disability is never seen as a barrier to participation and we welcome children from all social and ethnic groups. Our brilliant Activity Play Specialists are trained to provide fun, safe and engaging activities that suit the interests and needs of every child who visits us. CAFT is about fun for all.

We have a range of programmes to offer, each suitable for children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. These include:

Free Holiday Programme

Residential stays for groups or individual families onsite at the Farm. With 10 acres of land and plenty of fun facilities and engaging activities such as arts and crafts, games in the sports hall with the inflatable slide, plus playtime in the games room, music room and sensory room! Outdoors the children can run around our activity playground, feed the animals, explore the sensory trail and have a go on the slip ‘n’ slide (weather permitting). With all these fabulously fun things to do, the children will go home tired, happy and filled with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Fun day trips

From February to October, groups can enjoy an action packed day on the Farm.  From 10am to 2pm the children will be able to make use of all our site has to offer and in the few, fun-filled hours that they are here, memories are made to last a lifetime.  The size of the group is dependant on the needs of the children. For large groups (max.60 children at one time) we can offer several fun-days so that the group may be broken down into smaller numbers.

Christmas Party Programme

Throughout November and December, CAFT is transformed into a magically festive farm.  A Christmas party (10am – 2pm) at CAFT is merry day with themed activities which typically include: a visit to our CAFT Christmas Barn for a cuddle with our furry, festive friends. A stop off at the Winter Wonderland Cafe for hot cocoa and party games. Down in the courtyard, children can play in the “snow” and meet some special Christmas visitors who have come all the way from the North Pole! Followed by a lovely handmade Christmas dinner with all the tasty trimmings. And of course, no Christmas party is complete without a visit to the grotto to meet jolly old Father Christmas, who has a big bag of gifts wrapped and ready for every child to take home!

Christmas parties are by invitation only*

What we can achieve

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is a place for fun and laughter for those who in need. We pride ourselves in bringing a little sunshine into the lives of children who have known terrible hardships at such an early age.

We have a range of programmes to offer, each suitable for children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. For more information please see our Holiday with us page >

But don't just take our word for it...

“I may have only been here for 3 days but with it being so fun, it felt like an eternity. I hope I can come again."

- Maria

“We loved it, it is perfect. Something for everyone and plenty to do. All very safe. The boys have loved all of it but the messy play was the fave! They loved the bouncy castle and meeting the animals too. The staff were really friendly and were really good at encouraging the boys to get involved."

- The Bhatt Family

"Made better relationships with some students and got to see them in a different light / environment. Memories made to last a lifetime. Experiences they wouldn't usually have the opportunity to have, like being away from home. Some students were more confident, some were more sociable and calmer and enjoyed the routine."

- Chapel-en-le-Frith School, Derbyshire

"A unique opportunity to see young people develop in a very special environment. Thanks for the ongoing support and partnership."

- Henshaws Society for Blind People, Manchester

"Families came to the Farm to have fun and that is exactly what they have achieved. These families are going through a difficult time, this holiday provided respite. It enabled then to get out from their grieving environment. The children had lots of fun, they smiled all day long."

- Once Upon a Smile, Manchester

Enjoyment for both children and to participate in activities together. My son tries to care for his sister and it would be nice to give him some time to play and enjoy himself without feeling that he needs to look after his sister."

- Rawnsley Family, Sale