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.
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.
- 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
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities
- Event venue
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Free Entry
- Max group size
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- On site parking
- Family Fun
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good37
- kiasueBristol, UKTrip Type:Friends getawayAn oasis in the city with a lovely cafeTuesday, 21st May 2019I often take my young children here. It's a lovey space to explore, they always enjoy seeing the animals and the veg growing in the allotments. The cafe is also really good and has a good amount of... Read full review
- lewish725Bristol, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA nice escape in the city!Tuesday, 9th July 2019Visited for the first time on the weekend after only finding out about the place (even after living in Bristol for years). A small car park onsite which offered free parking, and if not a quiet road... Read full review
- MumtoTandHTrip Type:FamilyNice spotWednesday, 21st August 2019Lovely place to spend an hour but not a great deal to see. Cafe offers good range for children and parents. Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 963 3252
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Farm and gardens
April to October:
Daily 9am – 5pm
November to March:
Daily 9am – 4pm