Having The Christmas Tree Farm on our doorstep is great for weekends when we are stuck for something to do but want to get the kids out in the air and away from screens.
Set in the village of Downe where Charles Darwin sat to write his books, The Origin of Species and the many more that followed based around evolution lies a little farm.
The Christmas Tree Farm is a small local place that is perfect for little people as it’s not a huge zoo to wander around and it’s not at all expensive. The animals you can pet and feed range from sheep, alpacas, goats, cows, donkeys, llamas, ponies, horses, pigs, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs, so all the types of animals your kids will know from farm books. Therefore, it’s lovely to walk around with them in the pushchair saying, OINK or BAA and the older children love hand-feeding them.
All three of the boys liked it here, Austyn just because he loves animals, Josh because he likes the outdoors and Finn because he could feed anything and everything (almost)! The naughty goats we all especially liked as they tried to whip away our buckets of food, and the cows were great fun with their insanely long tongues scooping up the carrots.
If you’re expecting a big farm with stompy areas to walk and a playground, or if you’re looking for a full day out, this may not be the place for you. It isn’t enough for a family to spend an entire day here, but you can certainly enjoy a few hours meeting the animals, and that’s what I like about it.
The staff are friendly, and the facilities are perfect; a tiny gift shop with small pocket money items to purchase, plus the buckets of food are all excellent value for money.
HOWEVER, bear in mind you are not allowed to bring picnics here; there is The Kitchen which serves food and drinks, but we can’t comment on this as we already had a reservation further down the road at the George & Dragon.
A fabulous farm to bring the kids for a lazy afternoon, and considering it doesn’t cost the earth, that’s why we all love it here at Christmas Tree Farm.