Deepdale Farm has been a family farm for four generations. Each generation has developed the farm further, taking on new land and expanding the business interests. Alister Borthwick and his son Jason Borthwick now run the farm, with Alister doing the day to day farming and management. Jason is part-time involved mainly in the marketing and diversification.
The Tourism side of the business is now leased to Deepdale Leisure Ltd, run by Louise Smith and Andrea Bramhall. We share this website and hopefully you will find all you want to know about Deepdale and the facilities and services we provide.
Deepdale is still a working arable farm, but with the ever fluctuating state of farming we want to increase the income from non farming activities. As you can see we've diversified to a large extent and there are many more ideas in the pipeline.
We try to take the environment into account with all our diversification and day to day running of the business.
In 2006 we fully opened Dalegate Market, replaced the run down petrol station and tiny shop. Dalegate Market now offer excellent facilities and services for both locals and visitors, including a larger cafe, convenience store and other shops.
We must say a large thank you to both DEFRA and EEDA who have been very supportive with our tourism development projects. They have supplied money from the Rural Development Scheme and the Redundant Farm Buildings Scheme for Deepdale Backpackers. The improvements to Deepdale Camping and Deepdale Granary would not have been possible without their support.
Both Alister and Jason are very active in promoting diversification and are active members of both the farming and tourism industries.
Jason is heavily involved in tourism, being on the regional board of the British Hospitality Association. He's now stepped away from the day to day running of Deepdale to help others develop equally as challenging projects as we've completed at Deepdale. His new company is Earthly Ideas.