Our History

Farm Sale Doc

The Children's Adventure Farm Trust was founded in 1985 by Tim Grundy. In the early eighties Tim donated a number of bikes to a centre supporting young children. He asked "Is there anything else the children need?" - the reply "What these kids really need is a holiday, but they'll never get the opportunity".

Do we need to say anymore! The Children's Adventure Farm Trust was born...


CAFT is founded and the fundraising begins.


Booth Bank Farm is purchased.
The fundraising continues for renovation and rebuilding work.

Purchase Doc


Official opening of The Adventure Farm. The first children come for a holiday.


Our Knutsford Charity Shop opens on Canute Square.


Sir Bobby Charlton becomes the President of CAFT. He officially opens our new Sports Hall.


Multi-sensory Suite and Adventure Playground are opened. Website is launched.

Original Courtyard


New charity video produced with assistance of Sir Bobby Charlton.


Funding is secured for new Respite Care Facility, which will see a total refurbishment of the Courtyard Flats.


Official opening of the new Respite Care Facility, top of the range specialist equipment in a homely environment for children with complex and severe disabilities. The new CAFT website is launched.


1975 - 1980 Courtyard

HRH Countess of Wessex visits to open the new Boothbank Gang Trail and celebrates Sir Bobby’s birthday.


The Adventure Farm finally succeeds in opening its’ doors all year round. 34 holidays are offered to groups of children, and children with their families. Numerous Activity Days are provided, as well as 20 Christmas Parties.


CAFT celebrates its’ 25th Anniversary.


Holidays are increased to 42, our facilities continue to be improved with major work undertaken on our BBQ area and Sensory garden. The year finished with 22 absolutely amazing Christmas fun days.