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A tale of two farms

One of the first things that a baby learns is how to say "moo", "baa" and other farm animal noises- but where are the best places to see farm animals in real life? North London Mums investigates two popular farms..


Belmont Children's Farm, Mill Hill

We are regulars at Belmont Farm and real fans! Nestled in leafy Mill Hill,  the farm has plenty to occupy little ones for an hour or two.

Housed at the farm are a broad range of farm animals-get up close to larger than life cows, pigs, deer and even alpaca. If you are lucky the children can get to see real life working activities- eggs hatching and sheep sheering. At scheduled times the children can pet rabbits and guinea pigs which roam tamely across their laps. Tractor rides are also available at fixed times.

Once everyone has worked up an appetite,  the Waffle Cafe (which we also featured in our breakfast blog) provides a good selection of waffles and other breakfast and lunch time snacks with a good kids menu.

What we love: The reasonably small size makes it ideal for younger children who can also really get up close to the animals.

What we don't: We're not sure about the horse riding simulator!

The farm is open 7 days a week and costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, with annual memberships available. For more information go to http://bit.ly/belmontfarm.

Willows Farm Village and Farm Park, Colney Heath, Herts

North Londom Mums headed to Willows Farm, just off the M25, following lots of recommendations and we were not disappointed! The village is large and offers a host of activities beyond petting animals- from playground activities for under 5's,  indoor soft play (Woolly Jumper's indoor play barn), to activity trails and walks. There are also a large range of daily shows- particularly during the summer holidays.  The farm appeals to older toddlers and pre-schoolers and can keep them entertained for a good few hours.

What we love: The village has a well thought out summer programme with a big range of activities to engage and amuse the kids.

What we don't: We would have liked more healthy eating options for adults and kids!

The farm is open Mon-Sat and until 4 September costs £12.50 for adults and £13.50 for children, with a membership and group discounts. For more information go to http://bit.ly/willfarmvillage

We'd love to hear your thoughts if you have been to either of these farms, or can recommend any others. We will be reviewing other farms soon.

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