General Course Information

This is general information that applies to most courses, should anything be different with a specialist course we will inform you before the day.


The course begins at 10.00 am with doors open from 9.30am. Generally speaking we will spend the morning visiting outdoor units and the afternoon the indoor unit. However, we may change this possibly due to the weather. The day is very interactive, so please bring all your questions and we always have a question and answer session at the end of day to pick up anything else you want to clarify. We finish anywhere between four and five but are flexible as often a good debate ends the day.


The course starts at the Lowick Community Hall. There is ample parking and the hall is ours for the day so you can leave items there. It is a recently refurbished building with very efficient solar panels so if we get a bit chilly at the farm we can warm up. There are toilets here.

The hall will be open from 9.30am with hot and cold drinks available.


Please bring a packed lunch. There is an excellent kitchen at the hall so food can be heated. We will provide hot and cold drinks throughout the day.

Pie and Sausage Tasting

At lunch we have our own pies or sausage to taste made from the traditional and modern pigs we keep. Once tasted you will have no doubt why you want to keep our own!

Pork and Pork Products for Sale

For more information see our “For Sale” page but there is the opportunity to take home pies, sausage, bacon and pork joints when available. Please contact us in advance of the day. We usually have items in the freezer, packed and labelled, so you will need a cool box.


Boots or wellies that can be disinfected and washed are essential but must be removed before entering the hall. Please bring clean footwear especially if you have had contact with pigs recently.

Overalls or leggings for the farm sections are required so you can keep your other clothes clean for the session in the hall.

We are generally lucky with the weather but warm layers and gloves are advised.


The postcode for the Lowick Community Hall is LA12 8EE.

From Junction 36 of the M6 follow the signs for the A590 to Barrow. At Greenodd (approx 14 miles) turn right across the carriageway and follow new road (A5092) for about 2 miles looking for a right turn for Coniston (A5084). Take this road and after a mile or so at the crossroads you will see the Red Lion pub to your left. Turn up passed the pub (now on your right). Follow road for a short distance and you will see the Hall next to the Church.

From West coast I suggest you follow the coast road down to Broughton and then follow signs for Greenodd (A5092). After Broughton in about 4 miles you will come up and over Gawthwaite Hill, which is very steep. At the bottom, once you have come over, take the first left. The Church and Hall will be on your left just along this road.

From North Cumbria you can come down to Junction 36 of the M6 or come through the Lakes, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside to Coniston. From Coniston follow road to Torver taking a left turn for Lowick at the junction in Torver (A5084). Once you have passed the large stone sign for Lowick turn right at the end of the long stretch, up passed the Red Lion pub. Hall on your right after a short distance.

From the East you will reach the M6 at some point so can then follow above instructions.

Any problems or queries with your journey please get in touch.

Any problems on the day phone John on 07887731552.


Please see “booking” page for details of local providers.

We look forward to spending the day with you.


Dear Carole and John,

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful time myself, and my 11 year old son Harry, had on your pig keeping and pig showing courses. As well as being really informative the courses were good fun. I especially wanted to thank you for letting my son Harry show one of your pigs at the Great Yorkshire show. He won a rosette and it was a day we will both always remember.

Ian and Harry.

For my birthday I was treated to a weekend course on how to show pigs with John Sutcliffe and Carole Barr, which was advertised in the Old Spot breeders club magazine.

I live in East Anglia right on the coast and I have a small herd of pedigree pigs.

The course gave me the confidence and some basic knowledge to go and have a go at the local county show, which I did.

I got a 1st, a 2nd, a reserve, and a special reserve in British Pig Association’s young pig of the year class. What a result!

The course showed me how to pick out what stock to show and what the judges look for. Plus how to wash and care for your animals along with lots of other little tit bits.

All my pigs were on the small side but on the course their advice was a good little one will beat a bad big one and that’s what happened.

I would recommend this course not just if you want to show but also because it is a good way to improve your knowledge which leads to you having a better herd.

I had great fun and lots of help from friendly piggy people and cannot wait for my next show

Teresa from Suffolk.

The thing I really liked about the course was its practical nature from start to finish but when you are working with pigs there will always be fun.

The advise I received on the day gave me the confidence to take the plunge and get my own pigs and I’ve never looked back since.

Take your wellies and plenty of note paper.

Carole was also very supportive after the course and gave us lots of encouragement and help.

Val from Lancashire

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