Pre-baby, it’s fair to say that most things we did involved the pub in some way, or some kind of diversion en route to getting a drink. Now, of course, it’s all about finding entertaining distractions for the toddler.*
This is how we finally ended up at the Crystal Palace Park Farm. It’s located in the Crystal Palace Park and is a working urban farm that’s part of an agriculture college. Despite spending a lot of time in the park when I was on maternity leave, for some reason it’s taken us this long to get round to finding it** (we’re as late to this as we were to the Horinman Museum, what can I say?).
Eliza wasn’t the biggest fan of the pigs – they are huge, furry and noisy, very unlike Peppa – but was fascinated by most of the other animals including sheep, chickens, Shetland Ponies and strange hen creatures with long feathered legs.
There’s also a reptile house with horrible snakes, lizards and giant slugs.
It’s small but very sweet, and completely free, so worth a look if you’re in the area or en route to the dinosaurs.
Crystal Palace Park Farm is at Ledrington Rd, Greater London SE19 2BS. It’s open 12-4 every day apart from Wednesday.
** It’s at the top of the dinosaur lake – if you enter the park from the train station entrance, follow the path on the far right, past the sports stadium.