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Down on the farm
Standalone Farm (Hertfordshire)
Member Name: Whizz11
Standalone Farm (Hertfordshire)
Advantages: Great time out, fun animals, tractor rides
Letchworth Garden City was the worlds first Garden City, founded in 1903 by Ebenezer Howard, which was designed to incorporate elements of the country, alongside city life. I currently live here and think it's a really nice to raise a family. One of my favourite places to take the kiddies is Standalone Farm which is located on Wilbury Road in Letchworth. The farm is set in 170 acres of farmland although the area that contains the animals is not very large but perfect for a day out with little kids.
The opening hours are listed as:
Open from 10am to 5pm everyday between 1 March to 30 October plus Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November for Christmas Craft Fair.
I think the prices for this farm are great and it means we got back often, even just for an hour at a time sometimes because the prices are so good. You can compare them to a zoo price which at £20 per adult I think is quite expensive and not something that you would be able to do all the time but with these prices you really can go all the time. Prices are as such:
Adults £5.20; Children and OAPs £4.20; Registered Disabled £2.50; Under 2s free; Day Ticket £22.50 (admits six with a maximum of three adults). Family season tickets £67.50 (two adults, three children, £5 extra per grandparent). Season tickets and discount for pre-booked groups available.
We have the season ticket which I think is excellent value and recoups our initial outlay in the first couple of visits.
The farm has quite a large car park but we tend to walk over as it is near our house. It's nice walking over as we can already see the sheep in the field on our approach. A fairly new addition to the farm is the children's wooden play area which features a really well made wooden climbing frames with tunnels, bridges, walkways and lots of fun things to explore. This is recommended for kids 3 and over I think and I would say tho is fair as my 20 month old is a little small for it but can still appreciate it. Wood chip pings underneath stop the kids from hurting themselves too much if they do fall off. Behind this play equipment is a big field with lots of picnic tables and we have enjoyed many lunches sitting out here in the sun. Of course you can also perch on the grass if all the tables are taken.
Next to the playground is the highlight for most little boys, the model train set. It has a working train that goes around and makes a noise and can be activated with a 20p piece. All the little boys we go with love this attraction. Behind here is the small animal enclosure where you will find the rabbits called Chaz and Dave (my favourites by far), some guinea pigs and a Degu.
Another favourite with the kids is the massive display tractor that you can sit on in one of the exhibition barns at the farm. There are also about 10 little plastic toy tractors that are on the forecourt that the kids can ride about on to their hearts content. The farm also offers a free tractor ride around the fields at certain times during the day and these are displayed on a board on the path leading up to the tractor.
Of course, being a farm there are lots of animals to see. What I like about the farm is that it contains pens that the animals are in during the day which are right in front of you and allow you to pet the animals are really see them up close but obviously when the farm is closed these animals are then moved out to the fields so they have lots of room to live in and I think are kept in a humane way. There are always lots go pigs and in the spring it is great to see the piglets. Lambing season is lovely too and really cute and a great way to teach your kids about the circle of life. The farm also has horses, goats, pygmy goats, cows, ducks and rare birds.
What I think is great is that there are lots of hand washing stations around the farm including water, soap and towels and signs encouraging you to wash your hands and I think with some of the diseases we have had on farms recently this is a really responsible thing for them to do. In fact, the automatic taps that come on when you wave your hand underneath them are actually the highlight of the farm for my little girl much to my distress when I am trying to introduce her to pink piggy!!
The farm also has a really nice coffee shop doing teas/coffees/cakes/lunches etc and offers you somewhere to sit if the weather is not that nice. There is also a really nice gift shop selling toys, cards, etc.
In my opinion this is a great day out and somewhere we love to go again and again.
Summary: Standalone Farm