If you live south west of the river and in its surrounding suburbs and have the means to hit the A3 you are well placed to enjoy this list of family farms in West London and Beyond. These fabulous farms offer the perfect escape from the big smoke for those craving a dose of rural life and some good old country air. From animal petting and tractor rides to full blown adventure playgrounds and Zip wires, these farms offer full days of wholesome family fun.
- Where: Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone Surrey RH9 8LX
- Open: Everyday 9.30am – 4.45pm
- Price: Adults and kids over 2 £13.95, 1yr + -£7, under 1s Free
Set against the luscious Surrey Hills, Godstone Farm offers a very authentic Farm day out. This real working farm is home to over 500 animals including pigs, cows, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs goats and ponies. Watch the animals in their huge barns and paddocks or get up close and personal in the petting zoo where staff will happily place a chicken or rabbit on your lap if you wish.
Summer 2023 sees the opening of Godstone’s new and improved indoor soft play cited as the ‘biggest in Surrey’. The last soft play was pretty fabulous so I can only imagine what is in store for this Summer. The outdoor play areas are also impressive and expansive featuring sandpits, slides and swings to while away a summers day. The pig racing always draws a crowd too.
Fans of the Dinosaur Roar! picture book or just dino lovers in general will delight in the Dinosaur Roar trail featuring life size models of the book’s illustrations.
Hugely popular at peak times Godstone is a nicely manageable animal farm particularly suitable for toddlers and young children.
- Where: Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS
- Open: Everyday 10am -5.30pm
- Price: From £14.50 (Adult) £16 (Child 3-17) £13.50 (2yrs) Under 2- Free
Like Godstone, Bocketts Farm is a true working family farm and exudes an air of the ‘good life’. However Bocketts is also a huge attraction park and the type of place you would be hard pressed to see and do everything in one visit.
The Farm features endless play areas including an indoor play barn, bouncy pillow, outdoor adventure playground, giant slides and sand pit. Lest you forget you are in the middle of the countryside, there are 15 minute tractor rides which take you on a tour of the stunning perimeter of the farm. There is also an animal discovery barn where you can feed the goats with animal feed and meet the piglets. Don’t miss the petting area with smaller animals and the infamous pig races where you can hedge your bets on ‘Porkahontas’ and ‘Ariana Grunte’.
Craft stations and bubble discos further add to the cool festival vibe of the farm and in the summer head over to Water Wars for a refreshing water balloon fight.
The Old Barn tea rooms offer an excellent child friendly menu. For a small additional cost there are also pony rides and quad bikes.
Bocketts is a great all weather choice with lots to do both indoors and out – be sure to arrive early or you won’t see it all! Also keep an eye of for special events around Halloween, Easter and Christmas.
- Where: Horton Lane, Horton KT19 8PT
- Open: Mon-Thurs 9.30 -5.30pm Fri-Sun 9-6pm
- Prices: off peak from £17, Peak from £20
Hobbledown Epsom is an adventure farm and Zoo on an epic scale. The attraction carries a mythical theme, with costumed actors (Hobbits, Wizards, witches and the like) interacting with guests and storytelling in ‘The Thinkery’. Here litlle ones can really indulge their imaginations with impressive wooden play castles featuring tunnels, towers and slides under the gaze of dragons. There are bouncing pillows and Zorbing, sandpits for mining Cristalline and an impressive Raptor centre, home to 18 magnificent birds of prey.
If the weather does not permit, the huge indoor play barn will be enough to keep children occupied for as long as you wish. This area can get busy weekends but there is luckily an adjacent cafe with seating , allowing parents to watch the chaos from a distance.
Themes of fantasy and discovery are continued in The Imaginarium, a cavenous crypt of curios, merging messy play and digital interaction with live animals.
Hobbledown is home to a wide range of animals dotted around between attractions and out in the surrounding fields. Although there are lots of animals to see, I think it is fair to say Hobbledown feels more of an attraction park than a traditional farm. A great day out for the whole family either way.
- Where: Brighton Rd, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9EF
- Open: Everyday 9.30am – 5pm
- Prices: General £9 Under 3s FREE (Group of 4 -£30)
Washbrooks farm is a small traditional family farm in the Idyllic sussex village of Hurst PierPoint. Set in the beautiful south downs and with the backdrop of Wolstonbury Hill, this farm offers a full day of family fun. Despite being one of the smaller farms on the list there is lots to see including an animal barn home to shetland ponies, pigs rabbits and more, tractor rides and an excellent child friendly tea room.
The outdoor playground is equipped with giant jumping pillows , sand pits, trampolines and variuos climbing frames and swings. The Indoor play area is also a hit with children and features a dedicated under 5s area. The pedal area is hugely popular too.
Despite being the furthest farm from London on this list, Washbrooks is well worth the journey. A lovely first farm experience for small children, you are always guaranteed a perfect day and warm welcome at Washbrooks.
Hobbledown Heath, Hounslow
- Where: Staines Rd, Hounslow, TW14 0HH
- Open: Everyday
- Prices: From £17 (£10 Toddler days Tues and Thurs)
A brand new addition to the Hobbledown brand, Hobbledown Heath opened to the public in 2023. Expect much the same as is it’s sister venue – fantasy, magic and wizardry!
However this venue has a few surprises up its sleeve. Firstly it is home to ‘Gripped’ an aerial attraction where you can enjoy an adreniline boost of your choice – Zip wire, High ropes and the like. There is a 1.4m height restriction on all of these apart from the net park, so bear this in mind if you have toddlers in tow. Each experience is priced at around £7.99 in addition to park entry.
Hobbledown Heath also boasts West London’s biggest indoor play center featuring digital and interactive play and a dedicated under 3’s area.
And of course there is a farm! Hobbledown Heath is home to a wide selection of both farm and more exotic animals including lemurs, Macaws and Giant tortoises. Be sure to leave time for the ‘Birds of prey flying displays’ too.
Like many of the farms on this list Hobbledown Heath are offering great value birthday parties. Read here for more West London Party ideas.
- Where: Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ
- Open: Weds- Sunday (term Time) Everyday in School holidays
- Price: £4 (off Peak) £6 (Peak)
For a more chilled out, wholesome and nature focused day out Priory Farm is the perfect place. Set in 40 acres of countryside the ‘Discovery Land trail’ will guide you through ancient woodland, green pastures, meadows of wild flowers and fishing lakes, with surprises at every corner. This trail changes with the seasons – taking on a more spooky twist around Halloween and wintry magic at Christmas. The avalanche of new daffodils will also leave you in no doubt that spring has sprung.
Latest News: This spring (2023) sees the launch of the new Music Garden where guests can unleash their musical gifts on the bamboo pipes and giant guitar.
Adults will love the fantastic garden centre and farm shop here. Also in close proximity is ‘Let’s Pretend’ a small indoor play center and cafe aimed at toddlers.
No car? Whilst all of these farms can be accessed by public transport, if you have small children this may prove a challenge! Luckily London has a an array of urban farms to visit – from Hackney City farm in the East to Hounslow urban farm in the west and a few in between. Check out our list of Urban Farms located in Central London for all the fun of the farm on your doorstep – coming soon.