Your Questions

A collection of our most commonly asked questions. If what you want to know isn't here then get in touch.

What are your opening times?

We are open all year round, from 10:30-16:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

Is there an entry fee?

No, entry is free but donations are very welcome!

Do I need to book?

You only need to book if you’re bringing a large group and/or would like a guided tour. The maximum group size we can accommodate at one time is 30.

Bring a group to the farm.

Can we touch the animals? What about feeding?

Many of the large animals often come up to the fences in the yard or the paddocks and like to be stroked or scratched. There may be a member of staff available to help you stroke the small animals – just ask. Always remember to watch your fingers and wash your hands thoroughly after touching. Feed dispensers are available on site. All of our animals have special diets designed to keep them healthy so please only feed the animals food from the dispensers. This includes bread for the ducks and carrots and apples for the ponies.

Do you have a café?

The Old Dairy cafe re-opened on the 1st of March.

Find out more about the Old Dairy Café

Can I bring my dog?

Our livestock and horses are very easily frightened so unfortunately we can’t have any dogs on the farm side. However you are welcome to sit outside The Old Dairy in our garden area with your dog an enjoy a piece of cake and a coffee.

Guide dogs are welcome on the entire farm.

Can I have a picnic there?

We’re afraid not, but you can buy food and drink in our onsite cafe!

Is it muddy?

Most of the farmyard path is concrete but a few parts can be muddy. Wellies, walking boots or old trainers are best.

Is it safe? Can I catch diseases?

The animals are all tame and friendly but, of course, being animals, there is always a risk of biting and scratching that we cannot rule out. Avoid putting your fingers near the animals’ mouths and please don’t pick up animals without a member of farm staff to help you. As long as you wash your hands after touching the animals, the risk of catching anything is extremely low. We also recommend rinsing your shoes and the wheels of pushchairs when you get home.

We take every measure possible to prevent the spread of disease and are inspected regularly by environmental health. If you are pregnant or think you might be, you should avoid contact with sheep and goats as there is a risk of contracting diseases that could harm you and your unborn child. For further information on staying safe when visiting farms please see our guide to Staying Safe on the Farm.

Can I re-home my rabbit/hamster/cockerel with you?

Unfortunately not. We have limited space and have all the animals we need.

Can I adopt/sponsor an animal?

Of course! Adopting a farm animal helps us pay for their feed, bedding and veterinary care.

Find out more about Animal Adoption.

Sign up to our Newsletter!

  • Not your average day in the city

    Find out what happens on the farm all day … Read More

  • A line up of guinea pigs

    Uninspiring - the collective noun for Guinea Pigs is simply 'A Group of Guinea Pigs' - How about a gathering of guinea pigs?… … Read More

  • Spring has Sprung

    Not that you ever need an excuse to visit the farm, but the overwhelming amount of cuteness that is currently happening at th… … Read More

  • Wilma the Goat

    I am truly sorry to be the bearer of sad news this morning. The farm was closed for visitors yesterday as we were dealing… … Read More

  • Farm closed 12th March 2017

    The farm will be closed to visitors today. We apologise for any inconvenience. … Read More

  • Easter Holidays & Own a Pony Days

    Come and see the animals and take part in family friendly activities 4th March-16th March. Click for more information … Read More

  • Collect 'Get Active' Vouchers!

    Shopping at Sainsbury's? Please collect Get Active vouchers and drop them into our office anytime. … Read More

  • horses on holiday

    From the 10th-21st April our horses will be enjoying a holiday. Lessons will resume on the 22nd April. … Read More

  • The Old Dairy Open Mondays

    Our Cafe is now open on Monday's from 11am-2pm. Come along for lunch. … Read More

  • Farm closed for the winter

    Please note that the farm is now closed until the 17th January 2017. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year fr… … Read More

  • Horses on Holiday!

    Our horses will be away on their winter holiday from the 19th December until the 17th January when lessons will resume. … Read More

  • AGM 2016

    We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 10:30 on 23rd July 2016 … Read More

  • Farm closed 15th - 18th July

    Please be aware that the farm will be closed 15th July - 18th July, as we are attending the Lambeth Country Show. Please c… … Read More

  • Lambeth Show Volunteers

    We are starting to plan for this year's Lambeth Country Show (16th & 17th July) and as every year we are looking for voluntee… … Read More

  • Spring Spectacular!

    Come and join us in celebrating the opening of our new Education Centre and The Old Dairy Cafe! 28th May-5th June we'll be ru… … Read More