Statement: River Cottage barn fire


A serious fire severely damaged the main barn at Park Farm, River Cottage HQ late last night in Axminster.
River Cottage events barn, before and after last night's fire

Thankfully no people, or animals were hurt.
The cause is as yet unknown.
The River Cottage team are shocked and upset, and are dealing with the damage today.
Hugh is away on a long distance filming trip and will be informed as soon as he can be contacted.
We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, who were on the scene quickly and worked hard to contain the fire.
Our Canteen and Deli, located in the centre of Axminster, is unaffected and remains open for business as usual.
Booked onto a course or event at River Cottage HQ?
River Cottage courses and events will not be running in the short term, but we’re very confident that we will be will be hosting events and courses as usual in next to no time.
The team are in positive mood, and we will be able to confirm our plans for alternative arrangements on site at River Cottage HQ by the end of tomorrow (Thursday 9 February).
Life will return to normal very quickly.
We will be updating our website, Facebook and Twitter pages with the very latest information as we have it.