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AD. Thomas and Daisy were invited along to Lee Valley Park Farms to enjoy their conservation week, during February half-term, and to celebrate the farm re-opening for 2019.
As parents to a four-year-old, we love nothing more than a good trip to a farm or zoo. Anywhere that we can entertain our little one, preferably for a few hours at least, with hot coffee nearby, is good with us!
If we are able to teach Daisy new things about animals, caring for them and where some of our food and drink comes from then even better!
Daisy was desperate to head inside, and see all of the animals!
There are a few play areas for children, including a soft play and a picnic & play area. This will be lovely once Spring is here and the warmer weather has come.
There are picnic areas to sit and enjoy food and you’re welcome to bring your own food on site, but animal food must be purchased from reception.
By the main reception area, there is a cafe called The Bumblebee Cafe. This had the usual lunch offerings, and nice coffee, although the prices weren’t clearly marked until arriving at the till and being presented with your total.
There were lots of farm animals on site, as you would expect. You can see the animals living areas, complete with food and water, as well as learning more about them from the placards around the site.
These signs were really informative and Daisy has been telling me repeatedly how a chicken is the closest living relative to a T-Rex!
While you’re walking around you are able to feed some of the animals, using special food you can purchase from reception.
It was clearly marked which animals you’re not able to feed and it is great for little ones to get involved with feeding these animals. This makes it feel like more of an interactive day out and Daisy loved being able to feed animals.
There are paddock areas around the site that contain lots of farm animals such as sheep, donkeys and more.
There are beautiful horses on site and you get up quite close to them, alongside a fence and gated area.
Something a little bit different is that Lee Valley Park Farms has Meerkats on site! The only other local place we’ve seen with Meerkats is Paradise Wildlife Park.
Daisy absolutely loved these, loved watching them move around and stand up on their hind legs. Their enclosure had lots of different vantage points for them to enjoy.
The variety of animals available to see, and learn about, was quite significant and we were surprised for the entrance fee just how many different animals and areas there were to explore.
There are even a couple of areas housing birds on site which was a little unexpected!
In the afternoon it is possible to enjoy a tractor ride and this is included in the entry fee. You hop in an enclosed trailer and then you can go down to the Holyfield Hall Farm.
Here you can see the cows being milked and you can even purchase a bottle of milk to take home with you. It cost 20p for the carton and £1.20 for the milk. This gave 1 litre of whole milk for £1.40 and it was super fresh!
You are able to walk down to Holyfield Hall Farm if you want to visit when the tractor isn’t running but catching a lift on a tractor is always great fun for little ones!
If you’re looking for some more information on Lee Valley Park Farms I’ve compiled lots for you:
Lee Valley Park Farms address:
The Farm is located at Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF. They have free onsite parking and this was easy to find and there was a decent amount of parking.
Lee Valley Park Farms opening times:
The farm is currently closed, until at least Spring 2021.
Lee Valley Park Farms prices:
Off-peak entry (Monday – Friday term-time only) is £6 for adults, children 2-17, senior citizens and people who are registered disabled. Under 2s visit for free. Carers (when accompanying someone with learning disabilities or who is disabled) also get to visit for free. Groups of 7+ can visit for £5.50 each.
Standard entry, for visits during weekends, school holidays and bank holidays is £10 for adults, children 2-17, senior citizens and people who are registered disabled. Under 2s visit for free. Carers (when accompanying someone with learning disabilities or who is disabled) also get to visit for free. Groups of 7+ can visit for £9 each.
Lee Valley Park Farms special offers or vouchers:
There are special offers from time to time, such as grandparents get 20% off on Wednesdays. You can look for offers by visiting the ticket page. You can save 10% when you book online. There are also annual passes available for frequent visitors.
Lee Valley Park Farms events:
There are various events through the year, including Easter activities, a Super Hero weekend and more. Find out more about these events by visiting the events page for Lee Valley Park Farms. You can stroke furry animals, meet critters and much more!
Overall the trip to Lee Valley Park Farms was a fantastic one. Daisy had great fun, loved feeding all of the animals and learning more about them too.
Being able to see cows being milked was one activity that Thomas & Daisy skipped because Daisy is allergic to dairy, but I enjoyed the super fresh milk that Thomas brought home!
The on-site facilities are not bad either. They could do with having a few more toilets, and a slightly bigger baby-changing area but the soft play, picnic & play area and tractor rides more than made up for this.