Brooks Farm in Waltham Forest offers an impressive range of animals. As part of Capel Manor College, doubles down as training ground for their students as well as an admission-free farm open for the public.
Important in the local community
The farm has been an essential part of the Leyton community for over 20 years, teaching farm life and animal care to London’s children. The farm is well run, and you’ll find both staff and students very helpful and knowledgable if you have any questions. You’ll find the typical animals such as sheep, donkeys, ponies, goats, rabbits and hens, with animal feed available from dispensers. We also found that the different enclosures were very clearly marked, and generally much more informative than on many of the other farms.
Courses at Brooks City Farm
Capel Manor College offers a range of full and part-time land-based courses which lead to recognised qualifications. As part of the classes, students are also fully engaged in running the farm. The college is a fantastic opportunity for young students more passionate about animals and farms than academic learning. A degree from Capel Manor Colledge could be a great door opener for numerous career opportunities in handling, supervising and caring for animals: from small domestic and exotic pets to large animals, livestock, wildlife and zoo animals.
Something for everyone
The farm has something for everyone. For the youngest kids, animal feeding is usually a winner, and there is also a nice little play area. For school-age children, clear signs also make it into a learning opportunity. If your kids are interested in a career in animal care, this could be the right moment to speak to one of the teachers and students to get some more information.
If you feel like a dip in an Olympic swimming pool the London Aquatics Centre is not far away in Stratford. Right next to the pool, you’ll find the Pleasure Gardens Playground with challenging climbing equipment. On Sundays we recommend going to some of the East London markets, such as Columbia Flower Market and Brick Lane. If you want to visit more farms while in that area, we can recommend both Hackney and Spitalfields city farms.