Family farm celebrates 70 years

A family-run farm in Turners Hill will celebrate 70 years this Sunday with a 1930s day of nostalgia.

These days Tulleys Farm has become better known for its ghoulish Hallowe'en rides and ambitious maize mazes.

However, it was fully operational as a dairy and agricultural farm when it was bought by Bernard Beare and his family in 1937.

The family farming business, which started in Newton Abbott, Devon, in 1911, quickly flourished on the high land overlooking Gatwick airport at Worth Hall Farm, as it was then called.

Few traces of the dairy farm overseen by Bernard's daughter Betty remain, but the farm retained its agricultural roots, expanding its crop and vegetable production, overseen by Bernard's son Denis.

Members of the public were first able to visit the farm in 1970 when Denis and his wife Marion took the dramatic shift towards Pick Your Own and sold 35 different fruit, vegetables and salad crops.

The family's third generation heralded yet more changes as the decline in farming and dwindling profits forced Denis' son, Stuart, to begin diversifying when he took over in 1991.

He opened the farm shop a year later followed by the farmhouse kitchen tea room in 1996 and the first maize maze in 1998.

Third generation owner Stuart Beare said: "We have been part of the local community for seventy years, an achievement of which I am immensely proud.

"The 1930's fete is an opportunity to invite our visitors, customers, suppliers and friends to join the celebrations."

The Tulleys Farm nostalgic Celebration Spring Fete offers traditional entertainment and activities and runs from 10am-5pm on Sunday.