Children’s farms in south west London and Surrey
Our guide to our favourite children’s farms and animal attractions to keep the whole family entertained this summer
Deen City Farm, Merton
Located alongside the peaceful River Wandle in the heart of Merton, Deen City Farm makes for the perfect family day out. Hosting a wide range of activities including riding lessons, holiday schemes working in the farmyard, the farm holds an impressive collection of animals, with alpacas, cows, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits and sheep. There is a charming allotment section where little ones can learn all about planting their own fruit and vegetables and extra activities are often put on during the summer holidays including pig feeding and pony riding.
Bocketts Farm Park, Leatherhead
Set among the picturesque rolling hills of Surrey, Bocketts Farm is a working family farm with a combination of both animals pens and play areas. Kids can hop on board tractors to learn more about the farm’s history, giving children an educational insight into the realities working farm. A stunning 18th century barn hosts tearooms with a variety of food on offer, suitable for even the fussiest of eaters. The farm also offers birthday party packages plus special summer spectacles and half term activities.
Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo
A firm favourite, Hobbledown Farm Park is home to an abundance of farmyard animals as well as three large play villages with zip lines, mazes, zorbing areas and secret underground tunnels sure to entertain kids for hours. Creatures include everything from camels to caotis – and all are housed in spacious enclosures with plenty of room to roam.
Vauxhall City Farm
A valuable part of the community, Vauxhall City Farm is a charity initiative. Their vision is that through education, people from all communities can be empowered to learn about nature in the metropolis that we live in. Easily accessible for all and handily close to the overground station, this is the perfect way to keep the kids occupied during the summer holidays. They also run their farmer for a day holiday sessions which inspire young people to engage in cooking fresh, healthy food and caring for animals.
British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield
This beautiful wildlife centre was converted from a dairy farm by David Mills in 1997 with the aim to celebrate and conserve British wildlife. It hosts an excellent collection of native wildlife in Britain, with over 40 different species. Not just a great observation experience, the centre also offers keeper talk times which give you a chance to learn about the animals up close.
The Hop Farm, Tonbridge
Focusing not just on animals, the family park at The Hop Farm has a range of attractions indoors and outdoors including the hop museum, bumper cars, a magical fairy garden, giant jumping pillows and the kids driving school. With plenty of parking available and a regular bus which takes you right outside the farm, there is no excuse not to come along and see the variety of animals and activities on offer.
Woburn Safari Park
Stretching across 360 acres in Bedfordshire, Woburn Safari Park guarantees an exotic day out reminiscent of an African safari. Offering both road and foot safaris, there is something for everyone. Why not drive through the northern plains, Savannah grasslands, kingdom of carnivores or roam through the giraffe junction, or if you fancy a walk on the wild side, you can encounter the elephant meadow, sea lion cove, plus keep a look out for birds of prey and penguin world. The park also supports numerous projects involved in conservation including the International Elephant Foundation, Wildcats Conservation Alliance and the Tusk ‘Not For Sale’ Garden.
Godstone Farm can be found just off of the M23 and looks after and cares for a plethora of animals from ponies, horses, rabbits to snakes and spiders. Relax and have a tea or coffee while your children play in the indoor soft play barn and wiglets play village. For the summertime, the farm will be celebrating 40 years of Godstone Farm with a season of activities with Festival on the Farm, running into September.