Parc y Bocs was once a working farm, passed down through the generations. The Burns story begins in 2005 when John Burns MBE purchases the site, with a vision for its future.
And looking at Parc Y Bocs today it’s hard to believe that our sprawling farm shop began as a humble honesty box selling eggs. The site has grown to include a restaurant/cafe, children’s play area, and beautifully maintained grounds. The farm shop is now owned by Burns Retail & Hospitality Ltd, along with a portfolio of pet shops and properties.
John Burns purchases a smallholding in Kidwelly known as Parc y Bocs (pictured here in the 1950s). John wanted to give back to the community and provide a hub for locals and visitors to enjoy.
John sets up an honesty box selling surplus eggs from his farm. In addition, he begins growing and selling seasonal vegetables.
As time progresses, so does Parc y Bocs. Chickens take residence, locals pop in for tea and coffee, a treehouse is built, followed a play area. Before we know it, we've created a social community hub in the heart of Kidwelly.
We open 'The Cwtch' which becomes a regular event space for our charity, with local organisations and youth groups. We extend the farm shop and café and hire a full-time market gardener.
Time for a makeover. Increasing demand calls for a bigger space. We set to work renovating the café and shop, but not before hosting a huge Victorian Craft event and showcasing our new bandstand. The event is such a hit that the local police are called because overflow parking has spread to the streets (oops!).
2017 to present day
After a brief hiatus, we’re back with new and improved facilities for all. We continue to look forward to welcoming you and serving up more of our delicious food.