Mudchute City Farm

 

What

Mudchute Farm is huge: a 32-acre farm in the middle of the Isle of Dogs. Once inside the farm you can really feel that you might be out in the countryside, with views over fields and trees making the occasional corporate skyscraper looming on the horizon feel like a mirage.
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Where
Mudchute, Isle of Dogs. Confusingly (to the easily confused, like me) Mudchute DLR is not the best station to go to. There’s an entrance opposite Mudchute but then a long and not very buggy-friendly trek around the perimeter of the site (if you are bad at navigating, anyway). So maybe follow their advice that the easiest access is from Crossharbour DLR, through the ASDA carpark.
When
Opening times: the farm is open every day 8-4, including bank holidays, with the bigger Mudchute Park open dawn-dusk every day; the cafe is open Tuesday-Sunday.
How much
Free.
Family access & facilities

Some paths on the bigger Mudchute Park site are less buggy-friendly than others but the whole Mudchute farm area where you can see the animals, cafe etc is really accessible and well maintained with wide paved paths. There is baby changing but only in the women’s toilets near the cafe – not great if you’re a man trying to change your baby.

There are helpful signs about what you can and can’t feed the animals rather than a blanket ban on feeding: we spent a happy time picking grass and feeding it through the fence to geese and turkeys on our last visit. This farm has loads of animals, even fancy ones like alpacas and pygmy goats.

There is a large, buggy-friendly cafe with friendly staff, lots of high chairs, hot drinks and a range of lunch options. I’ve only eaten there once but the food was okay and freshly cooked. It has a well-stocked play corner for toddlers which included some giant battery-powered toy cars (with working batteries in them!) which were a great source of fun on our last rainy visit – to the extent that I drank an entire hot chocolate while it was still hot.

Next to the cafe is a ‘pets corner’ which is actually a large yard with lots of pens housing everything from birds and rabbits to pigs – all at a height that a toddler can see.

The farm does not host drop-in activities for babies or toddlers, though they do run a nursery, after-school club and holiday play scheme if you’re in the market for those things.
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Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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