If you haven’t been already, you should take a family trip down to the community-led Hackney City Farm. We guarantee it will be a fun-filled day out, getting to know all of animals on the farm and taking part in the variety of creative activities and classes on offer. You won’t run out of reasons to visit!
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Hackney City Farm
1A Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA
10am – 4.30pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Hackney City Farm is a great family day out and an inclusive hub within the local community. The little ones will love to see and learn about all the animals at the farm, which is home to sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, donkeys, calves and bees. And, if your kids just can’t get enough and they’d love to try their hand at getting stuck in with farm life, they can join The Mini Farmers’ Club! It’s a great way for kids to get up close and personal with all the animals that stay at the farm and learn all about them from the farmers, as well as getting involved with some arts and crafts. The popular club is free to youngsters ages 8-17 years old and is held every Saturday morning, from 10.30am–12.30pm.
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Hackney City Farm is also host to a whole range of educational projects, exhibitions, craft courses and farm trails. Facilities include a farmyard, grazing area, garden, and a tree nursery with a butterfly house. Classes in pottery and upholstery are regularly ran in the evenings, plus a weekend pottery class on Sunday afternoons. Play schemes are also held for the local community at Easter and in the summer.
So, what classes and activities can you become a part of? The lively community hub of Hackney City Farm is a base for Hackney Harmony, a local community choir that welcomes new members regularly. For the music and art lovers amongst us, baby music classes are on offer as well as a range of ever-popular art and drawing classes from £2. You can also try your hand at wood crafting and gardening if you’re more of a green-fingered type! Sessions are available for both kids and adults, and you can find out what’s on when in the Farm’s Weekly Calendar.
Community schemes are also a big part of Hackney City Farm, who support a number of community-focused projects. The Farm is a pick-up point for Sole Share, London’s sustainable fresh fish buying scheme, and is also home to a growing community who offer a vegetable box collection. This is perfect for those who love cooking with fresh ingredients and enjoy supporting the local community while they’re at it. You can even purchase eggs and honey, collected and made at the farm, from the onsite shop.
Image: Frizzante Café Facebook
Wondering where you’ll find the energy to fit in all of these activities? You can have a bite to eat at the yummy Italian café, Frizzante, which has been part of the Hackney City Farm family since 2002. A tranquil environment that seems miles away from the city, yet borders on Broadway Market, Columbia Road Flower Market and Brick Lane – a great location for the locals to pop in having received the Time Out Award for Best Family Restaurant. The café often uses ingredients from the Hackney City Farm’s vegetable gardens on Thursday supper nights.
If you are interested in visiting Hackney City Farm or joining any of the sessions the farm offers, head to the website. Alternatively, you can contact director Charley-Jane at the farm office on 020 7729 6381 or email email@example.com.
Hackney City Farm is open to the public for free as a charity so, if you enjoy your experience, help them to grow and continue to benefit the community by donating to the farm. Let us know about your visit in the comments below!