Volunteer at Windmill Hill City Farm

Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EA

Tel: +44 (0)117 963 3252

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Windmill Hill City Farm


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The City Farm was started by local volunteer residents, and today volunteers continue to make a valuable contribution to all areas of the farm.

The volunteering programme provides an initial induction, regular supervision and support, and training where appropriate to develop each volunteer’s skills base in their chosen areas. There are also regular volunteer meetings with the opportunity to socialise with fellow volunteers and discuss the City Farm’s development.

Why volunteer?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering can be both challenging and rewarding and by sharing their time and experience, volunteers develop personally and build skills, making volunteering a win-win situation.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are on the City Farm everyday, as well as those working behind the scenes. Volunteers do lots in different areas of the City Farm including garden development and maintenance, harvesting, site maintenance and handy work, animal care, supporting adults with health and social care needs to volunteer, children and family sessions, café, fundraising, events, and corporate volunteering.

There are wonderful and varied garden spaces here at Windmill Hill City Farm. They are open to the public all year round and a resource for therapeutic work and education with adults and children. People  who would like to volunteer in the community gardens are welcome to learn and share gardening skills to maintain and develop the gardens for everyone to enjoy, as well as growing and harvesting food for the café and farm shop.

Health and social care
There is a volunteering programme for adults with specific health and social care needs. The programme offers purpose, structure and meaningful work to people and help to develop life and work skills that aid recovery or personal development. 

The café is a popular Bristol eating place where customers experience a warm and cosy atmosphere in the winter, or can sit outside in the summer and enjoy countryside surroundings in the heart of the city. Volunteers support the café to run smoothly by preparing food, maintaining the kitchens, and serving customers. Volunteering in the café is a valuable opportunity for people looking to develop their skills in a hospitality and customer service environment.

Volunteering with animals
Animals need mucking out, feeding and keeping comfortable all year round. Vacancies occasionally become available but there is a very high interest in volunteering with animals and advertise for specific volunteer roles when they arise.

Windmill Hill City Farm organises a range of events for the local community. Events volunteers help to promote events and help out on the day. Roles include stewarding, running children’s activities, serving food, and selling produce on stalls. Volunteers are important to helping events be an enjoyable experience for visitors, as well as being good fun!

Community action call outs
Community action call outs are at various dates throughout the year and are for people to get involved in the City Farm’s volunteer community projects and events. These days are ideal for people looking for flexible volunteer opportunities or wanting to try out volunteering before committing longer term.

Corporate volunteer projects
Local organisations are invited to participate in corporate volunteering sessions at the City Farm. These usually run on Fridays between March and October for groups of up to 15 volunteers. Activities might include gardening and site preparation and provide much-needed support in the development and maintenance of the City Farm for the benefit of the local community.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Farm and gardens
April to October:
Daily 9am – 5pm
November to March:
Daily 9am – 4pm

Further Information


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Max group size

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking On Site

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Patricia P
      Nice, France
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Run down
      2 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 15th February 2023
      Run down, dirty, few animals (seeming depressed, all inert) expensive food unfriendly service But this place has the merit of existing, especially compared to the breeding cages and having free entry. Read full review
    • owlbeonholiday
      Worcester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Peaceful city farm with lots of things to see.
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 7th May 2023
      Well run city farm with a few different animals, plants, café, shop, woodland walk and garden. Lovely to see art installations dotted about the gardens. Very peaceful and lots of plants for sale... Read full review
    • Seaside28224389921
      Hidden gem in Bedminster.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 27th October 2023
      Such an oasis of nature and peace away from the hubbub of the city. Allotments and a few different farm animals. Decent little cafe with a nice selection of savouries, cakes and beverages to enjoy... Read full review

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Windmill Hill City Farm, Central BristolWindmill Hill City Farm is a voluntary community project seeking to meet the needs of local people through a range of social, environmental, and educational activities.