When was the last time you visited one of your local East London City Farms…
Spring is such a great time to visit our East London City Farms. Undoubtedly, one of the best days out with the kids in East London. With this in mind, we’ve put together this round-up of all the local city farms near you offering a taste of the countryside right on your doorstep. For city kids, with little experience of field to fork, our farms offer a fun and educational way to spend the day. The animals will be ready to greet us again and our local farms also need our support to survive! Little ones will love seeing the spring farm babies- piglets, lambs, chicks and ducklings.
Spitalfields City Farm
Tucked away near Bricklane, in one of the most densely populated areas of East London, Spitalfields City Farm is a “rural” oasis. To make more of your day, you can head to their website to catch up with how the animals have been doing. East End kids will love looking out for donkeys “Gilbert and George” when they visit. The farm is famous for their goats and normally host an annual event called the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race. We hope to see it return in 2022. The Tea Hut, which serves locally and ethically sourced food and drinks is a great place to grab a picnic. There’s also a fab treehouse for the kids to play in. Don’t forget to say hello to the great crested newts in the Wildlife Garden while you’re there. Visiting the farm is free but donations really help them to continue the work they do.
Opening times: Tuesday- Saturday 12-4pm
Visit their website to hear more: https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/
Mudchute City Farm
With 32 acres, Mudchute is the largest of the city farm. The farm is close to Canary Wharf with over 100 animals to visit including cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, lamas, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and more! A great excuse to jump on the DLR. If you’ve not been on it yet with your little one, try to nab the front seat and let them pretend to drive the train. If you need to feed your little animals Mudchute Kitchen is perfect for a refuel. While it’s free to visit, in order to feed their animals, the farm is asking visitors to donate whatever they can afford.
Keep up to date with their latest news: https://www.mudchute.org/
Hackney City Farm
Surprisingly, you really wouldn’t think upon entering from the hustle and bustle of Hackney Rd that it would have such a great expanse of wildflowers and fields. It’s almost like an urban Narnia! Soon the pigs should be having piglets which is always a delight to see along with all of the other animals. After a visit with the animals, you can grab a take away picnic from the Frizzante Café to eat among the wildflowers and lush green fields. They are also looking for donations to help support the important work they do during this tough time.
Keep an eye on when they open again for a visit: https://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/
Stepney City Farm
Come and enjoy a day at Stepney City Farm. The animals will love it if you do. You can visit their Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or enjoy a delicious brunch on a Sunday. Their cafe offers delicious food often sourced from the farm or local producers. Mums with little ones really shouldn’t miss the return of The Frog Prince Baby Music sessions which are due to start up again from the 23rd of April. There will be a maximum of 15 people per session so booking is essential: https://www.frogprince.uk/bookings
While visiting the farm is free, donations are always welcome. The farm is celebrating its 40th year this year and it should truly be a cause of celebration. Let’s help them keep going for another 40!
Read more about the farm: http://stepneycityfarm.org/
Which farm is your favourite East London City Farm?
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