I honestly don’t think there is a better day out for a toddler than visiting somewhere with animals. They get to see the real life versions of all the animals from their books, they can stroke them’ hear them and if they are lucky they even get the opportunity to hold and feed them. A day out with animals is a full on sensory experience for your little one. Zoos are great fun but can be a bit pricey and I am not ashamed to say sometimes I class a trip to a garden centre to look at the fish and the rabbits as a fun day out. Leo loves animals and a family trip to a farm always brings a smile to his face. Last weekend my mother in law and I took Leo to Kington Small Breeds Farm and Owl centre , we had such a fabulous day and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Our day at Kington Small Breeds Farm.
Where is it?
As Leo and I were in Mid Wales for the weekend we only had to travel 30 minutes to get to the farm, Kington is in Herefordshire for those of you who haven’t heard of it. The sat nav took us right to the gates, admittedly we did have to go on a bendy country road for the last bit of the journey but we made it in one piece.
I thought the entry to the Small Breeds Farm was really reasonable. Admission fees are £9 for adults and £6 for children. The farm is open every day 10.30 – 5 and 10.30 – 4 in the winter months. We were more than happy to pay £24 for the three of us as there was a lot to see and , for a family day out, I personally felt this was a great price.
What animals are there?
There are so many different animals living at the Small Breeds Farm. There are the usually finds of rabbits, guinea pigs and mice but then there are also several different breeds of goat, sheep, cows, horses and pigs – there’s a full list of the animals here. What makes the Small Breeds Farm even more adorable is the fact lots of the animals are miniature! Leo loved this as they were not too intimidating when he was stroking them through the fence and I loved it as, well, they are just looked super cute.
There are also some bigger animals there including some of the goats , the pigs and there are even some beautiful reindeer there too. The deer weren’t that interested in being stroked but they were so beautiful we were all just happy to watch them gracefully wonder around their enclosure. I did find it slightly terrifying when we were wondering around and came across 3 alpacas just having a walk about the farm! They were very good natured though and didn’t try and chase us so that was a relief, I saw one lady sat on the floor next to one that was having a sleep so they must be very comfortable around humans.
The Small Breeds Farm is also home to one of the finest collections of owls in Europe. There are about 24 different owls living in the Owl Garden and they really are all stunning and kind of mesmerising to look at. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos here as we visited this part of the farm first and Leo was too keen to get to the goats and he zoomed around the garden in record time. It would definitely have been interesting to stop and read about all the different breeds though and also capture some photo’s of these beautiful birds (this is coming from someone who has a bird phobia!). As well as the owls there is also a bird enclosure where you can see lots of different breed of chickens, pheasants, ducks and many more. The ducks weren’t interested in being fed, I guess there had been a lot of visitors over the weekend and they were full!
What is there to do?
What I loved the most about the Small Breeds Farm is that you were actually allowed to go in to some of the enclosures and get up close and personal with some of the animals. Leo and I had a lot of fun stroking and playing with the lively Pygmy goats and the miniature Angora goats were just so soft and cuddly, I now want one as a pet. Leo was a bit naughty and broke farm rule #1 by going up and kissing the animals. I know I should have stopped him but he was just so in love with them and I didn’t have the heart to, if he had gone near their mouths I definitely would have intervened though. It’s safe to say I gave his face a good scrubbing when we got back around to the sinks. I have never been to a farm where you have been allowed to just go in the pens with the animals and have a good old run around a play with them. It really was a joy seeing Leo being so gentle and friendly with the animals and telling me they were his ‘best friends’.
As well as being able to go in with the animals, there are also big buckets of feed available for £1 which you can feed to most of the animals on the farm. The greedy goats ate most of our first bucket but we got another one and managed to feed some of the other animals too. I would say it is definitely worth buying a bucket or 2 of food as it really made the walk around the farm really enjoyable and I think being able to feed the animals made the experience much more fun for Leo too.
Is it pram friendly?
The farm itself isn’t actually too big. There are indoor pens for when the weather is bad and for the animals that don’t live outdoors as well as all the enclosures outside. I saw lots of people easily navigating their pushchairs around inside and on the paths outside too. Some of the farm is obviously on grass but it is very well maintained and you certainly wouldn’t need an off roading pram to be able to push your little one up to the fences to see the animals. As Leo is 3 now we rarely use the buggy on a day out anymore, we just let him run wild around the place and he loved every second.
Can you eat there?
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of picnic tables at the Small Breeds Farm. You can either eat outside sitting at one of the many picnic benches or there is an indoor picnic barn if you are visiting on a rainy day. We decided to eat in the on site tea room and the food wasn’t bad at all. The menu was made up of usual toasties, soup and jacket potatoes and there were lots of yummy cakes to choose from. They also did a children’s lunchbox deal, 5 items for £4.95, so Leo had a cheese sandwich, drink, crisps, apple and some mini cheddars. Sometimes food can be a bit extortionate when you go to places like this but I definitely didn’t feel like we were breaking the bank – my mother in law and I both had a toasty, 2 coffees each AND cake! The gift shop is in the tea room and is full of adorable owl gifts for grown ups as well as lots of farm related toys and books for the little ones. We bought Leo a little dancing owl toy and I treated myself to an adorable owl mug, it fits about a pints worth of tea in it and I love it.
Is it worth a visit?
Yes! If you are ever in the Mid Wales/Herefordshire area and are looking for something to do with the kids then you really need to visit the Small Breeds Farm in Kington. The animals are so cute, you can really interact with them and your little ones can pretend to be Old Macdonald for the day. We spent just over 3 hours there and we all had a lovely day out full of animal fun.
Do you like taking your children to farms? Have you visited the Small Breeds Farm in Kington? What did you think? Does anyone else want a pet goat or is it just me? I would love to know what you think 🙂
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