Half Term Fun on the Farm

Llamas, (photo by Mudchute City Farm)

If you’re wondering what to do with the kids at half term or just fancy doing something a bit different this weekend, why not visit one of London’s fascinating city farms? Tucked beneath railway arches and round the back of busy high streets are community farms where you can meet sheep, cows and pigs, feed the chickens, and even go for a ride on a donkey. And the great thing is they’re all free! 

Mudchute City Farm

The incongruous sight of llamas against the backdrop of Canary Wharf is one of the highlights of this 32-acre farm in Docklands. With over 100 animals, including some British rare breeds, and a riding stables, this feels a million miles away from central London. In Pets Corner you can also meet some of the smaller animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. This half term you can learn how to make a pasta skeleton and even have a go at blacksmithing.

Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm

Just a stone’s throw from Shoreditch and Columbia Road, this well-known city farm has, amongst other animals, some handsome Golden Guernsey Goats and a gaggle of geese and ducks who wander the farmyard. There’s also the chance to learn more about growing vegetables and a great café, too. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh eggs or honey from the farm’s bees at the shop.

Belmont Children’s Farm

London’s newest city farm is located near Mill Hill East at the top end of the Northern Line. It is home to some exotic creatures, including reindeer, wallabies and alpacas, as well as more traditional livestock and birds. There are daily petting sessions and visitors can enjoy a tractor and trailer ride through the Belmont Estate. The Waffle Café serves a range of child-friendly snacks and, of course, waffles.

Hackney City Farm

Kentish Town City Farm

The UK’s oldest city farm dates back to the 1970s and lies at the heart of the local community. As well as pigs, cows, sheep, goats and chickens, there is a riding school. There are lots of activities for kids and this half term you can learn how to make scarey Halloween decorations!

Spitalfields City Farm

Sheep, pigs and ducks are not what you expect to find just streets away from The City, but Spitalfields City Farm has been here much longer than most of the area’s gleaming office blocks. The resident beasts include several rare breeds and some cuter-than-cute pygmy goats. The gardens provide a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane and are a haven for insects and butterflies. 

Hackney City Farm

For more ideas of what fun London has to offer pick up an Explore London - a full-colour guide containing 20 easy-to-follow routes around the city.