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Down on Surrey Docks Farm

Posted by on Friday, 13 January, 2012 in Farms, Sunny day

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

Who’d have thought you could find pigs, sheep, goats and a whole host of other animals grazing happily on the bank of the Thames with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as a backdrop.  Well, that’s exactly what you get at the Surrey Docks City Farm.  The farm is situated on the south bank of the Thames in Rotherhithe, with views across the river to Canary Wharf.  The site may be compact as farms go, but it’s bursting with animals, plants and even a duck pond – a perfect way to give city children the chance to glimpse a bit of the good life without leaving the capital.

Canary Wharf from Surrey Docks Farm

Surrey Docks Farm against the backdrop of Canary Wharf

Let your children practise their animal noises as they visit the donkeys, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and bees; the farm also sells animal feed for £1 per bag if you want to get closer to the action.  Alongside the animals, there are herb and vegetable plots, a dairy and a working forge.  If all that tires you out, retreat to Café Frizzante overlooking the farmyard for refreshments.  Before you go home, check out the farm produce on offer; you can purchase fresh eggs, as well as meat, honey and plants.

Children’s storytelling and craft sessions take place at the farm every Thursday morning (currently advertised until 9 February).

 

Interest rating

The duck pond at Surrey Docks Farm

A quacking good time!

A big hit for all the family.

Admission cost

Admission to the farm is free.  The children’s storytelling sessions cost £4 and must be booked in advance.

Facilities

There are spacious and clean baby changing facilities.

Café

Café Frizzante is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm (from 9.30am on Saturdays and Sundays). Customers are asked not to take pushchairs into the cafe, but highchairs are available inside, and seating outside if the weather allows it.  The café offers a variety of meals and home-made ice cream, alongside the usual hot drinks.  Kids meals are also on offer for £4.  As a rough guide, tea costs £1, a cappuccino is £2.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Closed on Mondays

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7231 1010

www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk

Getting there

Address: Surrey Docks Farm, South Wharf, Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5ET

Enter either through the main gate on Rotherhithe Street or from the Thames Path.

Map:

 

By train:

The farm is approximately 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from Surrey Quays station (London Overground).

If you’ve got a pushchair you might prefer to use Canada Water station (Jubilee Line, London Overground), which has step free access from the platform to the street. It’s 15 to 20 minutes’ walk to the farm.

By bus: 381, C10

 

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