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Murton Farm Outdoor Tots

  • 23rd February 2015

Come along and join the most exciting and adventurous outdoor tots group in Angus. The group is suitable for pre-school children.

We will meet each week at our Tearoom before heading out to the Farm. Every session will have two organised activities. One involving our many lovely animals and another where you can enjoy the great outdoors! We will also provide juice and a small snack each week for the children.

There will be time each week for parents and children to run around the farm and enjoy the wide open space, play areas and animals. You will be responsible at all times for the children in your care.

Toilets, baby changing and hand washing facilities are available.

Download Murton Farm Outdoor Tots information >>


Santa is coming to Murton

  • 14th November 2014

Santa is coming to Murton, come along and meet him in his own Grotto. Unfortunately Santa will not have Rudolph, however, Ernie and Floppy, our resident Donkeys will be stepping in to greet you. Visitors can feed carrots to Ernie and Floppy but no mince pies for Santa.

Santa's grotto at Murton Farm


New Environmental Health regulations

  • 11th July 2014

Due to new Environmental Health regulations we are no longer allowed to provide food on our farm visits. We can still offer rates for group visits to the farm. Picnics can still be eaten on the grass areas of our car park and our nature reserve.


Angus Acting School @ Murton Steading

  • 23rd June 2014

Your children will gain confidence, make new friends and learn how to perform all whilst having a great deal of fun.

  • Saturday Drama Classes for children aged 3 - 13
  • Term starts on Saturday 24th of August 2014

Lesson times:
Ages 3 to 5: 11am - 12am
Ages 5 to 7: 12am - 1pm
Ages 7 to 11: 2pm - 3pm
Ages 11 to 13: 3pm - 4pm

Quotes from previous pupils:
"I would like to clone Sophie and keep the original as a teacher for life!" Sarah
"In Drama I just love it and it inspires me so much" Natalie

Booking is imperative call 07771 994404 to reserve your child's place.


Murton Farm Outdoor Tots - last two weeks!

  • 16th June 2014

Come along and join the most exciting and adventurous outdoor tots group in Angus. The group is suitable for pre-school children. Murton Tots has been running since April and is now in it's last 2 weeks!

  • Thursday 19th and 26th June
  • 10:00am - 12:00am
  • £3 per child (under 1's free)

Download our leaflet for more information and what will be happening each week.

Download Murton Farm Outdoor Tots information >>


Laura’s Big Fun Event - Sunday 11th May 10am till 4pm

  • 16 April 2014

Laura was a 5th year pupil at Forfar Academy who very sadly passed away last February. Murton holds this event in Laura’s memory every year to raise funds for a variety of charities.

Attractions include:

  • 10K Run - starting at 9.30am
  • Fun Run - starting at 1pm
  • Face Painting
  • Raffle
  • Ferret Racing
  • Assault Course
  • Beat the Goalie
  • Raffle

... and lots more. See our poster for full details.

Download Laura's Fun Day poster & information >>


Murton Farm Outdoor Tots - every Thursday starting 24 April 2014

  • 20th March 2014

Come along and join the most exciting and adventurous outdoor tots group in Angus. The group is suitable for pre-school children.

  • Every Thursday starting 24 April 2014
  • 10:00am - 12:00am
  • £3 per child (under 1's free)

Download our leaflet for more information and what will be happening each week.

Download Murton Farm Outdoor Tots information >>


Easter Extravaganza - Open Day Friday 11th April 2014 10am - 4pm

  • 14th March 2014

Meet the Easter Bunny, Animal Petting, Face Painting, Treasure Hunt, Cake Decorating and much more. Come along and meet the staff and animals at Murton Farm & Tearoom.


Incident with rare breed poultry going missing

  • 13th March 2014

On Friday 7th March 2014, we fell victim to more distrustful members of our community who stole a large number of our rare breed birds from the farm. The worst part of the incident was these thieves knew the combination to our security padlocks.

This would clearly suggest that the numbers were given to the thieves by one of the young people who currently attend Murton as part of their education. This saddens us deeply as the vast majority of our students excel in the environment and its great having them with us to look after the estate, farm and tearoom.

We have since installed greater security measures to protect this fantastic community amenity and education resource.

Any information supplied to us regarding this crime will be treated in the strictest of confidence and passed to the police.


Upcoming Events at Murton for Summer 2013

Some notes for your diary:

  • 12th May 2013 – Forfar Academy charity fundraising event - 10am till 3pm


Upcoming Events at Murton for Spring 2013

Some notes for your diary:

  • 30th March 2013 – Forfar Academy charity fundraising event
  • 6th April 2013 – Geocache day
    - please see for further details
  • 13th April 2013 – Forfar Market
    - come and visit our information stand at Forfar Market see for further details
  • 20th April 2013 – Willow weaving demonstration
    - in the Tearoom at 10.30 and 1.30, come along and see traditional Scottish willow basket weaving
  • 11th May 2013 – Spinning demonstration
    - in the Tearoom 10.30 and 1.30 using a traditional spinning wheel


Pollyanna our donkey

Pollyanna our donkey, 1972 - 2012

  • 23rd October 2012

On Tuesday 25th September 2012, Pollyanna was put to sleep by our vet following a period of failing health. A combination of arthritis, difficulties with chewing and digesting food and a steady loss of body weight helped us decide to follow our vet’s advice and ensure that she did not suffer any further during the coming cold, wet winter.

Pollyanna celebrated her 40th birthday in August this year. As a youngster she lived at Taylor’s Wynd with the Hill family before making the short journey to Murton Farm 2 years ago where she quickly became the star attraction. Pollyanna has always been a friendly donkey and would happily bray across her paddock to welcome visitors. She has been a great help teaching young people how to care for animals and will certainly be missed by the Hill family, Murton staff, students and visitors alike.


Come to the Murton Trust Bird of Prey Experience day

Bird of Prey Experience 8th July 11.00 am - 4.30 pm

  • 8th July 2012

Come along and try our Bird of Prey experience. Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ. Contact us on 01307 819491 for details.








Carol Singing Friday 9th December 2.00 - 3.30

  • 5th December 2011

Join us and Forfar Academy’s Chamber Choir for an afternoon of Carol Singing. Enjoy our Christmas menu and find some Christmas gifts and crafts from our small shop.


Christmas Comes to Murton Farm and Tearoom Saturday 3rd December

  • 2nd December 2011

Come and join the festive fun with Christmas Gifts and Crafts, Live Music, Santa, A Reindeer and Elf Hunt and a Delicious Christmas Menu.

Competitions will run until 19th December and Christmas Lunch Menu bookings now being taken.



  • 26nd September 2011
Vote for Murton Trust via the RBS Community Force website by clicking here...

RBS CommunityForce will be funding three organisations in this area. For us to have a chance of securing this money we need your help! The organisations with the most votes will receive the funding.

By logging onto you will be able to see our profile and vote for us.

RBS CommunityForce is a new initiative which sees the Royal Bank of Scotland working with local communities to support the people, projects and charities making a real difference where you live.

Voting closes 21st October.



  • 22nd August 2011

A digital camera has been handed into the tearoom. It was lost at Murton between the 13th and 20th of August. If you believe it could be yours please contact the office for more information.


Text to donate to Murton Trust

  • 17th August 2011

You can now donate money to Murton by text message.

Help support us by texting MURT11 £1 / £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070. For example texting MURT11 £5 to 70070 will donate £5 to Murton Trust.


Murton Farm's new play area is now open!

The Peoples Lottery gave a generous grant to Murton Trust
  • 20th July 2011

We have an adventure trail, sand pits, pedal toys and a variety of outdoor toys. In August we will continue to add to our play area with trampolines, slides and more obstacles in our trail.

Murton would like to thank the People's Postcode Lottery and the Angus Environmental Trust for making this possible.


Murton Trust on STV News

STV logo
  • 6th July 2011

If you missed the feature about Stewart Stevenson's visit to Murton Trust on the STV news on Tuesday 5th July, watch it online here on STV Player.

The report is 12 minutes into the programme.


Thank you to all applicants for the part-time post of admin assistant

  • 9th June 2011

Thank you to all of the applicants for the part-time post of admin assistant.

If candidates have not heard then we are sorry to inform them that they have not been successful this time.

Purchase of a generator

  • 1st June 2011
The Angus Council Community Grant Scheme logo The Angus Council Community Grant Scheme logo

Murton has been awarded a grant towards the purchase of a generator for the tea room from Angus Council Community Grant Scheme. This will help us provide a much more practical way of managing our power on those still days where the turbine does not generate electricity.

It is with many thanks to Angus Council Community Grant Scheme for supporting us with this project.

Vacancies at Murton Trust

  • 26th May 2011

A new position has become available at Murton and we would like to hear from you if you feel you have what it takes to come and be a part of our vision. We are looking for a part-time admin assistant working approximately 15hrs a week, with a level of flexibility. If you would like further information please download our job description. We do not have a specific application form so CV's and covering letters are more than adequate.

Please feel free to email or send us your CV and covering letter:
Address: Murton Trust, Murton Steading, Arbroath Road, Forfar, Angus, DD8 2RZ
Tel: 01307 819491

Download job description >>

Closing date: 10th June 2011

Interviews will be held the week of the 13th, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Coeliac Awareness Week

  • Week beginning 16th May 2011
The 16th May 2011 is Coeliac Awareness Week at Murton Trust

This week is Coeliac Awareness week and at the tea room we are offering different selections of produce to tempt you when you visit. For further information on products please ask in tea room and for further information on Coeliac awareness please visit:

Developments from the Farm

The Peoples Lottery gave a generous grant to Murton Trust
  • Friday 13th May 2011

Thanks to a very generous grant from Peoples Postcode Lottery we are planning to enhance the farm with activities and toys for the younger visitor.

We are hoping to have all of the activities in place by the end of June 2011. So when on your holidays, why not come in and see us.


Trust agreement set to continue

  • Forfar Dispatch Thursday 5th May 2011

Angus pupils are gaining hands on experience of working in a rural environment thanks to a partnership between Angus Council and Murton Trust which Angus Council has agreed to continue until March 2014.

Under the agreement, the trust provides educational opportunities for small groups of pupils, particularly in respect of rural skills. Murton Trust near Forfar, in a non-profit making organisation which provides a range of services for young people and the wider community. In the last three years, pupils from Angus secondary schools have been attending Murton, to develop their skills and knowledge.

Welcoming the committee's approval, convener Peter Nield emphasised that working with outside organisations to enhance the skills and experiences of young people tied in with the aims of the new Curriculum for Excellence. "The new curriculum aims to achieve more flexible learning opportunities for young people" he added "It is undoubtedly the case that Murton provides opportunities for young people that are not always available in school. The developing partnership will allow young people to have personalised learning in a supportive environment that can lead to recognised work-related qualifications. That experience will also help young people prepare for employment."

It is expected around 100 pupils will benefit from attending Murton in any school session.

Murton Farm and Tearoom open to the public!

  • 20th April 2011
Kune Kune pigs at Murton Farm

The new Murton Farm opens on the 21st of April, come along and meet our very friendly collection of animals and birds including Dennis and Gnasher our adorable Kune Kune pigs, Pollyanna the donkey and rare breed poultry. There will be petting times available for you to handle the rabbits and guinea pigs along with meeting our newest additions to the Farm - Neville and Luna, our twin Kids.

Our new tea room also opens on Thursday 21st April and it is the ideal place for you to take time out to relax or to meet a friend for coffee or lunch. We will be serving a delicious range of home cooking and baking, including scrumptious soups and daily specials. We pride ourselves in using as much as locally sourced and seasonal produce in our dishes as we can and our menu will change regular to reflect this. The tea room is situated at the edge of the farm, with a lovely view across the pond. At the front, overlooking the farm, we have a large decking area where you can enjoy your meal alfresco.

To stretch your legs a little further, come and enjoy a walk or leisurely stroll around our extensive nature reserve. Our beautiful lochs and wetlands are home to a wide variety of birds and wildfowl and there is a well-maintained network of paths that everyone can enjoy whatever the season.

Tea Room and Farm opening times:
10am - 4pm daily, closed Tuesdays
Car Park opens 9am - 5pm

Nature Reserve

Butterfly at Murton Trust nature reserve, Forfar

See the Nature Reserve page to find out more about this beautiful habitat with its lochs and wetlands, its birds and wildfowl and its flora and fauna.


Murton Nature Reserve >>

Education and Training

Education and Training at Murton Farm, Forfar

To find out more about the vocational training we provide, see the Education and Training page.




Murton Education & Training >>

Murton Farm

Kune Kune pig at Murton Farm, Forfar

For more information about what to see and do at the farm, go to the Murton Farm pages where you will also find our admission prices.

Murton Farm >>

Murton Tearoom

Danish Pastry at Murton Tearoom, Forfar

Visit the Tea Room page to discover what treats are on offer and find out what we have for sale at our giftship.

Murton Tearoom >>