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Published January 3rd 2011
Hackney City Farm may not be on the scale of some of the capital's other farms, but it's no less fun, and kids will love it. Having said that, adults will likely love it too.

For only the cost of the tube or bus ride that takes you there (yep, admission is free!), you can leave city life behind for a few hours and go and talk with some animals instead.

And the good news is, with it being a farm and all, there are plenty of animals to be seen, such as:

a pig that goes by the name of Bella. She's four years old now and has been at the farm since she was a wee piglet.

a donkey called Larry (you'd think it'd be the lamb who was called Larry, but not here). Larry's quite the star, having appeared on both BBC and ITV (like Jonathan Ross), and when not in his trailer learning his lines, he can be seen at Hackney City Farm doing donkey-type things like eating hay or sleeping.

calves (at the time of writing). Named Rhubarb and Custard, this pair are of the Ayrshire variety and are waiting to meet you.

goats named Charlock and Clover. Born a stone's throw away at Spitalfields Farm, they're a friendly pair and popular among visitors.

a number of sheep, one of which is called Shirley. Any sheep called Shirley must be worth saying hello to.

There are lots of littl'uns too, such as rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and degus (a kind of small rodent).

Turkeys, chickens and ducks are also in residence, as well as a goose called Greg, who has the proud distinction of being the farm's oldest resident – he's an impressive 22 years old. That's probably about 80 in adult years, so Greg's been around a bit by all accounts.

Hackney City Farm also has a lovely garden, resplendent with with a myriad of trees, plants and flowers, in which you can take a relaxing, leisurely stroll.

The farm loves to encourage visitors to get involved, and organises lots of activities through the year. Click here to find out what's happening and when.

At some point during your visit you'll probably want to take the weight off your feet, in which case Frizzante will be happy to help. This highly regarded eatery serves up a variety of dishes in a relaxed setting. Just try not to catch the eye of Rhubarb or Custard when tucking into your cottage pie.

Hackney City Farm, while providing a decent amount of entertainment, also enables visitors to learn about life on a working farm and looking after animals.

And if you do make it along there, say "hi" to Larry from me. Thanks.
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Why? Because it's a day out in the city that's not like a day out in the city.
When: Open all year, Tuesday to Sunday 10am–4.30pm.
Where: 1a Goldsmith's Row, City of London E2 8QA. Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green. Nearest overground station: Cambridge Heath.
Cost: Free
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