Activity farms come in a range of sizes. Near us they range from working farms hosting occasional events through to the enormous, which border on theme parks in their own way. Langleybury Children’s Farm is towards the smaller end of the spectrum, yet conveniently located just off the M25 near Watford.
The smaller scale of Langleybury makes it a good choice for small children and that’s who made up most of the visitors during our summer holidays visit.
There’s a modest shop at the entrance selling different types of animal feed. At 50p a bag it’s not expensive although it comes to a couple of quid if you want to feed all of the animals.
The farm is situated on the grounds of the former Langleybury Mansion estate featuring the old garden walls that would have once been part of the grounds. From the main play area, paths through the walls lead to several areas housing the animals. There’s a reasonable selection of animals to see including rabbits, geese, goats, pigs, birds and calves, amongst others. There wasn’t much in the way of petting opportunities, although some children were persuing the hens optimistically.
The main activity area offers a nice range of play houses, bikes and cars and a bouncy castle, which costs just a £1 for a day’s use. Some of these were in need of repair or replacement but there was a good number for Tilly to browse between.
The scale of the farm might appeal to those who are put off by larger more commercialised parks. The farm is run modestly, accordingly to the website with a farm manager and otherwise voluntary staff. The site is a touch worn around the edges but it makes no different to the little ones who enjoy running around the site, which during our visit on a summer holiday afternoon was uncrowded and spacious.
The admission price is in line with the size of the farm, which came in at under £10 for two adults and a child. Tilly was kept entertained for the hour and a half we were there, which is probably typical for a visit, although picnic tables could easily host a lunchtime visit too. It’s an inexpensive destination that we’ll certainly keep in mind when we’re looking for animal-based visits in the future.