Summer Holiday Activities at Woodlands Farm

  Ring-necked Parakeet at Woodlands Farm

Ring-necked Parakeet at Woodlands Farm

Hannah, the Education Officer at Woodlands Farm, sent me details of their summer holiday activities for children:

The Woodlands Farm Games

Tuesday 31st July — Wildlife Challenge

Are you wild enough to face our wildlife challenge and become a wildlife champion. Sessions from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Booking is essential, call 0208 319 8900.  FREE

Wednesday 1st August — The Big Orienteering Challenge

Drop by between 10am and 3pm to join our big challenge.  Can you navigate your way round the farm using only a compass and a map? £1 per child.

Friday 3rd August— The Farm Games

Can you face our farming challenges—cow milking, welly throwing and egg and spoon races.  Will you be the winner? Contests start at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Meet at the bottom of the farm yard. FREE.

Tuesday 7th August — The Big Orienteering Challenge

Drop by between 10am and 3pm to join our big challenge.  Can you navigate your way round the farm using only a compass and a map? £1 per child.

Wednesday 8th August—The Farm Games

Can you face our farming challenges—cow milking, welly throwing and egg and spoon races.  Will you be the winner? Contests start at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Meet at the bottom of the farm yard. FREE.

Friday 10th August—Wildlife Challenge

Are you wild enough to face our wildlife challenge and become a  wildlife champion. Sessions from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Booking is essential, call 0208 319 8900. FREE

Summer Activities for over 8’s.

Tuesday 21st August — Wild about Wildlife

Are you wild about the different wildlife on the farm, and love searching for different animals around you.  Then join us for a day of wildlife surveys and see what you can find.  Sessions from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.  £2 per child. Booking is essential, call 0208 319 8900.

Wednesday 22nd August – Bush craft

Join us for a number of bush craft activities including shelter building and making nettle cord. Sessions from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.  £2 per child. Booking is essential, call 0208 319 8900

Friday 24th August — Fascinated about Farming

Ever fancied being a farmer?  Well this is your chance.  Get involved with a day in the life on the Woodlands Farm team.  As well as seeing the daily jobs there will also be a chance to get involved with lamb weighing.  Sessions from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.  £2 per child. Booking is essential, call 0208 319 8900

Parking is limited, please use public transport where possible.

For further details visit our website:  http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org or Tel: 020 8319 8900

Woodlands Farm is located on the borders of the London boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich.  At 89 acres, it is the largest city farm in the UK.  Our priorities are education and conservation, and we are part of the Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.  Our education programme attracts visitors from pre-school to third-age groups.  The Trust aims to involve local community groups, schools, volunteers and businesses in farming and conservation, helping to bridge the current town-country divide.

We are open 9.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday-Sunday (except Christmas Day).  There is no entry charge except for special events, though donations are always welcome.

Nearest tube: North Greenwich

Nearest BR: Welling

Buses: 486 and 89

We are a farm so sensible shoes and clothing are recommended!  We do allow dogs, but please note that these must be kept on a lead and not taken into any farm buildings.

If you visit the farm, there are some more new arrivals to see  – some Irish Moiled cattle – “one of our rarest and most distinctive native cattle breeds”.  One of them is in calf – due any day. I haven’t got any pictures of them (yet), but here are the Saddleback piglets in training for the Olympic synchronised sleeping event.

Saddleback piglets relaxing

Saddleback piglets relaxing