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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.