Stonehurst Family Farm in Leicester provides a really lovely, chilled out way to spend an afternoon (or morning).
Set on an actual working farm, Stonehurst Family Farm offers a lot in a small space. With ample parking visitors can stop by the farm shop and cafe without having to pay entrance to the farm, or you can go to the farm and come and go between it and the cafe and the museum.
The Farm has a lot to offer little ones, and though it’s not something I would travel especially to Leicester for (since there are many farms across the country) it’s a great farm to visit if you’re in the area. We went at the end of our Stay Play Explore adventure, so we were all quite tired, but I think the farm visit was the highlight of the trip for my children, due to the horse riding and hands on animal handling.
As with all farms, Stonehurst has a variety of farm animals, and you can walk around feeding them. The children loved it.
There were pigs, cows, goats, sheep, and small animals like rabbits and Guinea pigs, all of which were friendly to touch. Highlights, however, were being able to sit with the small creatures and pet and hold them. My three year old was very excited by this.
For a small additional fee the girls went on pony rides – just a short walk around the paddock but my children thought it was the best thing that had ever happened to them, especially my horse-mad 5 year old.
There was also a tractor/train ride around the farm, which didn’t really show anything you couldn’t see from the place we queued up for it, and if you were sitting on the outside, like we were, you didn’t get to see any of the sheep in the field as they were all in the middle, but it was still a fun experience which took my daughter’s mind off the fact that she’d been kicked in the face on the rope swings and had a baby tooth kicked right out of her mouth. (There’s an adult tooth coming in now, so I guess it was loose anyway.)
There are three play areas on the farm too, which during a busy half term week was good as it wasn’t too crowded. At the main farm bit there’s a large play area, and around the corner a smaller climb frame by a pop up cafe gives parents some time out too.
Finally, there’s a pond off to one side where you can do pond dipping, but we decided to go and get that tooth looked at instead.
All in all we had a lovely afternoon visit to Stonehurst Family Farm, and would recommend it to anyone at a loose end for the afternoon. You can take a picnic or eat at the cafe, and you can quite easily make a day of it if you’re happy to just let the kids run around and be.
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