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Hackney City Farm

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Hackney City Farm

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1A Goldsmiths Row Hackney, London E2 8QA England
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Cambridge HeathOverground8 min
HoxtonOverground10 min
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Aiga G wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom31 contributions25 helpful votes
The afrm is walking distance from our home, so we decided to go and see some animals. The farm is small, but ok, I absolutely loved the free-roaming chickens!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Master Jonjon wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom267 contributions145 helpful votes
LOCATION. Nearest Overground station: Hoxton or Cambridge Health, with the farm right in the middle. If you’re walking from Cambridge Heath, step west along Hackney Road for around seven minutes. The farm will be on your right inside Haggerston Park. If you’re coming from Hoxton, can also consider visiting the Geffrye Museum of the Home. It’s closed at the moment for renovation; official website shows an expected opening in Spring 2020. LONDON’S FARM SCENE. If you’re interested in animals but got stuck inside M25, there are many city farms / mini zoos that might satisfy your needs. The Vauxhall City Farm is obviously very conveniently located, while Isle of Doggers can also consider the Mudchute Farm. The latter has the added benefit of a splendid view of Canary Wharf buildings behind the pigs and geese. And they both got llamas. I’ll reserve the Hanwell Zoo, which is in the middle of a forest, to those who’s willing to get lost for thirty minutes through woods and bees. ANIMAL INTERACTION. The ducks and chicks are on the same side as you. An urban horror story if you’re over and over a city person! So be prepared for close encounters, and don’t come with a false sense of security. Sooner or later, you’re also find convenience holes here and there. A goat has jumped out from one of these and started following me before heading to his next destination. LABELLING. The sheep are in the donkey’s ring and pigs are in the sheep’s. So use common sense before consulting the display boards. CLOSING RITUAL. The farm closes at 4pm. And here comes the best part. Come fifteen minutes before then and staffers will start opening the gates. Hop after hop, the horses and donkeys and goats will return to their barns, unguided. An impressive back and forth of loaded words and desperate entreating will ensure if any part of the process has failed gracefully. On my day a horsey has stopped walking right in front of her barn. And let’s just say – what follows is hilarious. The hare and the guinea pigs are fairly well-hid. See if you can find them.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Julie B wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom181 contributions41 helpful votes
I organised a workshop for a number of families for us to learn all about bees and how they make honey. Ken, the beekeeper at Hackney City Farm put together a great agenda to engage both adults and children and teach us all about the history of bee keeping, distinguishing the different types of bees in a hive, followed by a trip up to the roof of the cafe to check out the hives. Having played a bit of 'where's Wally' with various pictures down in the education room, the childen were able to identify the queen in the real hives and see a waggle dance in action. It was great to get the kids so close to the action, where they could see nectar and honey in the hive frames, as well as identifying the cell where the next queen bee was developing. The kids also got quite excited about getting to wear the full beekeeping garb. Another task was to find pollinators in action down in the farm's garden. We also had time to cover the wider farm and see the ducks and chickens who had free rein of the yard as well as goats, pigs and ponies. Highly recommend organising a group visit, there is lots of inspiration on their site in terms of the programmes they can run.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Adem T wrote a review Sep 2019
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Took my 12 yr old son after a visit to Columbia Road market. Only stayed 10 minutes as the farm seemed very run down. It was much scruffier and smellier than previously, which was disappointing. They may be going for a ‘rustic’ look however it was simply unpleasant. They need to put some work into improving and repairing the farm.
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Date of experience: September 2019
misopiso88 wrote a review Sep 2019
Seattle, Washington26,400 contributions11,193 helpful votes
Hackney City Farm is a terrific little city farm in the middle of Haggerston Park. Plenty of animals that will entertain your kids!
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Date of experience: May 2019
9 Helpful votes
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