About Us

Bawdon Lodge Farm is a National Forest site and working arable farm nestled away in the heart of the Charnwood Forest within Leicestershire. The Bailey family have been farming in Loughborough for over 98 years.


The present generation are Richard & Lynn Bailey. 

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Richard & Lynn

The heart of the farm

Lynn has worked in the hospitality and training industries for over 30 years and joined the family farming business in 2010. Richard studied Agriculture at Harper Adams and continued to farm both dairy and arable whilst being NFU Country Chairman and then working for the NFU Mutual as an Agent and Group Secretary.


In 2012 Bawdon Lodge Events Ltd was born and Richard left the NFU to help Lynn to deliver the growing outdoor weddings and events business both on the farm and offsite at other venues, along with retailing Burleigh's Gin which is distilled on the farm.  


After opening two pop up shops during the challenging times in 2020/2021, in November 2021 The Lifestyle Barn Gift & Coffee Shop

opened in the main barn.

This is fully heated and will be open all year around. 

There are still a few phases of development to take place including a new floor and kitchen extension. 

We hope to build on our tourism offer and still host a number of our own events including our Artisan Shopping Fairs, Outdoor Concerts & Theatre, Afternoon Teas with live local music, creative adult workshops and activities for children.  

This will run alongside our 30 acres of National Forest Woodland which we regularly host woodland trails and activities in. 

Outdoor Tipi Weddings in association with Sami Tipi will continue until 2023. 

The Gift & Coffee shop is not available to hire for private occasions. 

Thank you for being part of our journey to diversify and offer local opportunities for the local community and local businesses.