Kentish Town Farm was the first city farm in the UK, founded in 1972. Loved by locals with its ethos of inclusiveness, the farm is a cornerstone in the local community.
This is a great place for kids to see geese, ducks, pigs, horses, donkeys and free-range chickens. To no surprise, the donkey ride is probably the most popular activity for young kids. Friendly and welcoming staff members are always willing to explain and help out. The farm is also really close to the adventure playground area of Hampstead Heath which makes for a great day out with the little ones.
Make a donation!
The farm is a registered charity free of charge for the public to enter. Camden borough funds the farm, but it is also very dependent on private donations, so make sure to pop a few bobs in their donation box.
Trains rushing by Kentish Town Farm
Sitting next to two inner London railway tracks, with loud trains rushing past this is probably the epitome of an urban farm. Despite of the noise, the farm is very charming, and it’s a hive of activities for children as well as adults. Activities range from educational programmes for schools to work experience opportunities for young people.
Connecting with the community
There are also lots of activities for local children and families involving animals. And you’ll find most of the essential animals like sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, geese, horses, donkeys, pigs as well as one cow (Shirley the cow). Check their website for the latest events scheduled.
A core of volunteers supports staff in the day-to-day running of the farm, helping to organise seasonal fundraising events. Children between 8 -16 years can also help out through the Young Farmers Club.
This is not the biggest farm in London, nor has it the best facilities. On the other side, it’s very much loved by the local community. Coupled with the educational and interactive connections with local people of all ages, the farm is creating immeasurable value and something for Kentish Town to be proud of!
Close to the farm, you can visit the Parliament Hill Playground with plenty of climbing elements and swings. Walking up Parliament Hill, you can enjoy some of the best views in London. Here it’s almost always windy and one of our favourite places to go kite flying. If you want to see some more exotic creatures than farm animals, London Zoo is a 30 min walk away.