Whatever the weather this December, as furry friends snuggle up and cosy down for winter, there’s lots of animal activities to explore at children’s farms near London.
From petting smaller friends such as rabbits and guinea pigs to meeting sheep along farm yard trails (in their best woolly jumpers of course!) and feeding cheeky goats, if you’re lucky you may even hear the jingle of bells as catch a glimpse of Rudolph and his friends during your day out at our top children’s petting farms.
Read on to discover five of the best Christmas animal days out at children’s farms near London this festive season.
Mudchute Park and Farm
Pier St, London E14 3HP
Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, Mudchute farm is packed full of December animal fun for the perfect Christmas animal day out. Meet adorable rabbits and guinea pigs, see cows and watch the animal team as they take the sheep out to the fields. One of the largest inner city farms in Europe, Mudchute is also home to incredible exotic birds including rare diamond doves and beautiful golden pheasants. Plus, this festive season, don’t miss out on meeting Father Christmas in his grotto, riding donkeys and lots more.
Kentish Town City Farm
1 Cressfield Cl, London NW5 4BN
Kentish Town City Farm is the first city farm in the United Kingdom (and London’s oldest city farm!)
It offers lifelong learning, outdoor therapy and education to children and adults with special needs in a family farm setting. Alongside two railways, Kentish Town City Farm has lots of animal friends for visitors to meet throughout December. From Wilma and Betty the pigs to graceful cow Shirley. And that’s not all, lucky visitors can meet Santa in his Groovy Garden Grotto on December weekends, enjoy mince pies, post letters to Santa and take part in the Constellation Treasure Trail too!
Christmas Tree Farm
Cudham Rd, Downe, Village, Orpington BR6 7LF
It’s all in the name. A small and charming petting farm in the village of Downe, there’s lots of animal friends to meet and family farm fun to be had at Christmas Tree children’s petting farm this December. Meet, feed and stroke Donkeys, Cows, Chickens and more in their warm and cosy winter sheds during this fantastic animal day out before tucking into delicious cakes hot dogs and rolls in the Tea Gardens…the perfect festive treat for the whole family!
Belmont Children’s Farm Ltd
The Ridgeway, London NW7 1QT
Whatever the weather this festive season and beyond, there’s plenty to keep little (and big!) kids busy during an animal day out at Belmont Children’s Farm. Meet over thirty unique animals, including Gloucester old spot pigs, one of Britain’s oldest breeds, ponies Dinky and Splash and smaller furry friends such as rabbits and ferrets. The best bit? Belmont Children’s Farm is open 7 days a week*, making it the perfect outdoor festive family farm to visit this December.
*Christmas opening times may vary
Hounslow Urban Farm
Faggs Rd, Feltham TW14 0LZ
A December day out at Hounslow Urban Farm is sure to keep everyone entertained. With plenty of big and small animals to meet, what will you do first? Say hello to Willow the Barn Owl, meet Bearded Dragons, quack with the ducks and brave the huge Boa Constrictor. For those who prefer fluffier friends, see Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and Ferrets too! Plus, don’t miss outdoor play, an indoor bouncy castle and lots more.
Please Note: information included in this article is correct at time of publishing. Due to current government guidelines related to COVID-19 some attractions and facilities may differ. Please check each individual attractions website before you visit