One of the best ways to keep kids entertained in the Spring/Summer times is to take them to a farm, where they can get closer to any animals than they would in a zoo, and enjoy lots of fun activities too like tractor rides, feeding lambs and petting all manner of cute baby animals.
But what if you live in the sprawling metropolis of London, surrounded by concrete instead of fields? Well we have good news – the capital has almost 20 urban city farms, some of them so central you will wonder how you never knew about them!
We’ve listed our five favourites city farms in London.
Set in 32 acre of fields in the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute is home to over 100 animals and a great range of educational activities. There’s a children’s Nursery, After School Club, Stables and a Restaurant. Visitors can admire donkeys, chickens, pigs and horses, as well as some more unusual rare breed animals, llamas and alpacas. Upcoming workshops and events include Easter Parade, Young Farmer for a Day and Mudchute Fun Dog Show.
Phone: 020 7515 5901
2. Deen City Farm
Set on part of the National Trust’s Modern Hall Estate in South West London, Deen City Farm is spread over 5 acres, and is one of the capital’s longest running community farms. There is a strong focus on encouraging locals to take part in countryside activities, and educating children on the importance of sustainable farming and raising livestock.
The professional riding school runs a “Own Your Own Pony’ day where budding equestrians can learn how to ride and care for a pony, and there are also excellent Farm Tours to book for just £3.50 per child.
Don’t forget to stop by the Farm Shop on your way out, to pick up a jar of homemade jam or delicious honey.
Address: 39 Windsor Ave, London SW19 2RR
Phone: 020 8543 5300
3. Spitalfields City Farm
You would never guess that slap bang in the middle of Spitalfields is a thriving farmyard, home to sheep, geese, bees, rabbits, parrots and more! Popular with inner city schools, the farm aims to unite the local community and provide children with a safe and inviting space to connect with nature.
The farm’s annual Goat Race, which coincides with the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in March, has become a much-anticipated part of its events calendar, with plenty of other entertainment, food and drink on the day for spectators to enjoy. A great city farm to discover in East London.
Address: Buxton St, London E1 5AR
Phone: 020 7247 8762
4. Belmont Farm
This working farm in north London is the largest public farm within the M25, and is a great space for really feeling like you’ve escaped the city. Admire the surrounding rolling fields , as you meet over 30 different animals, pet the bunnies, feed the goats, and jump aboard the tractor for a bumpy ride. Visitors can also enjoy plenty of seasonally changing activities, such as lamb feeding in the Spring. Who knew you could have all of these farm activities in London?
Address: The Ridgeway, London NW7 1QT
Phone: 020 7318 4421
5. Lee Valley Park Farm
This farm is little further out of London, but a whole day of adventure and fun can be enjoyed here, thanks to a huge array of facilities, besides the friendly animals. There’s indoor soft play at the Bundle Barn, an alpine toboggan run, Dino Dig and Splash play area and an adventure playground.
Unlike most of the other city farms in London listed, there is a small entry price for this one (£10) but this includes entry to all indoor and outdoor play areas, activities, animals, bird shows and a tractor ride to the dairy farm.
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Phone: 01992 892781
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