Which one will you visit first this spring as lockdown eases?
Spring is such a great time to visit our local City Farms. Undoubtedly, the best places to visit with the kids in East London this April. With this in mind, we’ve put together this round-up of all the local city farms East London offers to remind you that there’s a taste of the countryside right on our doorsteps. 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
Opening April 13th
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 next year. 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.
Visit their website to hear more: https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/
Mudchute City Farm
Opening April 13th
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
To be announced
Although Hackney City Farm is yet to announce their reopening date, we have a feeling it should be in line with the others. Watch this space. 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
Opening April 13th
Before Stepney City Farm reopens, they’re hosting some online events- Growing Spaces and Meet the Animals. A fantastic way to drum up some excitement before you go. The café is open for takeaway at present and they also have a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. As much as the kids love seeing the animals here it’s often the ride ons that are hardest to pull them away from. 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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