London for toddlers: Crystal Palace Park Farm

August 24, 2013

Have you been to Crystal Palace Park Farm? Here’s why it’s great for toddlers and young children

Crystal Palace Park Farm - things to do and why it's great to take your toddlers in LondonPre-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?).

Crystal Palace Park Farm is a working farm that’s part of the college, but there’s still a lot to see (depending on the time of the year!)

Crystal Palace Park FarmEliza 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 small reptile house with horrible snakes, lizards and giant slugs. Children love this, and it’s also indoors so a good option to head into if it’s raining.

It’s small but very sweet, and best of all the farm is 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.

*And cake.

** 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.

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