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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published September 9th 2012
A great place to take kids
Deen City Farm

In 1994, Dean City Farm became part of the National Trust and was built on a disused industrial estate on the grounds of Morden Hall. The farm is a registered charity and over the past few years, community projects have transformed it into a wonderful place to visit with kids.

Chicken Village


The farm is open from 10am-4pm Tuesdays to Fridays and Bank Holidays. On your visit, you can feed the animals, watch Edna, the barn owl flying in the field, and pop in for lunch at the café. There is also a gift shop that sells eggs, pet food, toys and stationary, and you can sign up to sponsor one of the animals.



The Cows told me what they thought of my camera


Amongst the goats, pigs, cows, and sheep, you can also find an alpaca, ferrets, an aviary, and a petting area with rabbits and guinea pigs.



There are plenty of things to do at the farm, including community projects, riding lessons, and educational programmes.

Farm Tours

The Fizzy Bottle Roof Hut


Schools, nurseries, and play schemes are welcome to book tours of the farm, where the children will learn all about the different animals, stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs at the petting corner, and have a trip around the horticultural garden.

The Growing Garden Project


Interactive Fun


The tours are £3 per child, but there are also additional activities that you can book, such as the Greenfingers tour and use of the classroom.

Farm Club

Bike Repairs


A youth club is run for 8 to 15 year olds every Thursday evening and every other Saturday. It is a drop in session, so kids can come and go as they please.

Hopscotch


A similar group called the Grasshopper Project is run on Tuesdays, and both clubs give the chance for children to play in a safe environment.

Riding Lessons

Riding Lessons


The farm's riding school provides a number of different riding sessions for people of all ages. For £1, children under seven can have a pony ride around the farm, while those over eight can have proper classes. The classes are held in groups or individually on weekdays and weekends, and range from £20-£25.

The classes last up to 45 minutes and the lessons include dressage, show jumping, or cross country.



For anyone under twenty-one, there is also the option to join the pony club. It takes riding lessons one step further with activities and tests that can earn you badges. The farm even helps put together teams for competitions, including The National Championships.

Volunteering



Anyone over the age of 12 can volunteer to help at the farm, but because it is so popular, you will probably be put on a waiting list.

Growing Gardens


It is a chance to learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and get fit. There are plenty of options on where you want to learn a hand, be it with the livestock, the riding school, or the community garden.



Volunteering there can be fun, but you need to be dedicated as the role can last up to three months.

If you are looking for something shorter term, then those who are fourteen plus can apply for work experience.

Birthday Parties

There are two types of ways you can hold a party at the farm. First is the choice to hire a classroom. This method is self-catering, as you plan all the activities. I once had a clay making party there when I was little.



The second option is 'Animal Encounters', which is basically what it says on the tin. The children will get to interact with the animals, including feeding and petting.

The farm will provide goodie bags at £1.75 each, and catering at £3.50 per child.
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Phone: 020 8543 5300
Where: 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey SW19 2RR
Cost: Free
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