Hounslow Urban Farm feeding goats

Hounslow Urban Farm is certainly urban (being about a mile away from Heathrow airport) but it’s spacious, full of charm, really well presented, and has a lovely selection of animals for children to see and interact with.

Hounslow Urban Farm goat & alpacaThere are chickens roaming around and a large area full of spacious paddocks, where you’ll find different types of goats, donkeys, sheep and even alpaca. On entering the farm you can buy bags of food to feed some of the animals, which is magical for the kids. You might also be lucky enough to also see a baby animal being bottle-fed.

Hounslow Urban Farm pig raceThere is also a farmyard, where you’ll find peacocks, owls, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and other birds and animals. One of the highlights is the enormous pigs that you’ll find lolling about in their pens or outside enjoying some mud! At weekends and during the holidays, there is an owl display in the early afternoon, and also a couple of pig races each day – the pigs run around the course, negotiating obstacles on their way, and it’s great fun.

Hounslow Urban Farm animal encounterNot all the attractions are outside though. There is also a marquee where during weekends and the holidays their ‘animal encounters’ take place, which are the highlight of any visit. You can meet and interact with lots of the animals, including rats, guinea pigs, tarantulas, ferrets, a chinchilla, lizards, snakes and more. The reptiles are being looked after at the farm while money is being raised to build a new Tropical Zoo, which needs a new home since it closed at Syon Park.

Hounslow Urban Farm outside play areaUp in the paddocks there is an outside play area full of climbing frames and swings. In a huge barn close to the entrance, there are some more animal pens, and also a bouncy castle and trampoline for the kids to play on – so they’ll definitely have fun whatever the weather! On Mondays & Fridays during term time, there is a Parent & Toddler session between 11.00am-12.00pm, with animal encounters, storytelling, arts & crafts, and free play. They also run children’s parties, where you get to choose from a number of activities.

For lunch, the cafe serves kids lunch boxes as well as sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes. The menu is simple, but the quality of the ingredients is excellent and the finished products absolutely delicious.

All-in-all Hounslow Urban Farm makes a fantastic fun and educational day out. It can be found on Faggs Road, Feltham TW14 0LZ, and contacted on 020 8831 9658.

 

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