Looking for something different to do with your kids in London? Visit Deen City Farm and Riding School. Before we left for Nigeria a few weeks ago, we visited Deen City Farm. There are many ways to get there. Depending on where you live, I think the easiest would be by tube. We drove there and because of Saturday traffic through London, it took us 90 minutes each way!! On the Northern Line, it is a few minutes walk from either Colliers Wood or South Wimbeldon.
Deen City Farm is a community project and entrance is free but donating to their cause will help them keep it running. We visited on a Saturday and they had various stalls set up ranging from people selling jams and cupcakes to demonstrations on how to carve out wood. They also sell their locally grown produce and you can find out about their local veg box scheme.
At the entrance they had a box of different coloured chalk and the kids could just go at it and draw/colour what they liked on the tarmac. At the back they have a café, stables and fields for the animals. We saw horses, lamb, goats, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits (that looked like Thumper!) and cows. They also grow their own vegetables. It’s a great way to show kids where their food comes from and get them involved in more outdoor projects as they grow up. They have volunteer opportunities, work experience opportunities and holiday programmes.
He’s a tad young now but I think when he’s older I’ll be sending S to riding school here! I was quite impressed with the community spirit. They had volunteers from what I can only assume is a nearby special needs school and it was refreshing to see everyone being treated equally.
If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it, it’s well worth it and will give your children lots to talk about on the drive/tube/bus home!