Visit London Blog » city farm Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:38:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spitalfields City Farm Sheep & Wool Fair Tue, 17 May 2011 12:12:37 +0000

The sheep at Spitalfields City Farm finally got rid of their winter coats on Sunday. This badger face sheep’s fleece is destined to be part of a rug or carpet.

The farm had a Sheep & Wool Fair to celebrate the sheep shearing, with stalls selling tea, craft, and plants. We drooled over yarn from Yarn to Knit and Travelknitter and enjoyed the demonstrations of felting, weaving, spinning and tapestry.

At teatime there was a fashion show by local design students and the models wore wigs made of fleece. There were also some happy people wandering about dressed as sheep.

Spitalfields City Farm is a couple of minutes walk from Brick Lane and full of lovely animals including sheep, goats, rabbits and a guinea pig village. If you fancy spending the summer down on the farm, check out our handy guide to London’s city farms.

Spitalfields City Farm – free admission

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Meerkats and Ex-Battery Hens Arrive at Lee Valley Park Farms Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:00:53 +0000 The new meerkats Keeping warm in a handmade jumper The meerkats enter their new home

Check out these cute new arrivals at Lee Valley Park Farms. Two meerkats and 23 ex-battery hens are now settling into their new home on the farm.

The hens arrived from the British Hen Welfare Trust and are recovering with the help of warm knitted jumpers, made for them by members of the public.

Why not take a closer look at the new arrivals by visiting Lee Valley Park Farms this weekend?

Lee Valley Park Farms. Open daily, 10am-5pm until 31 Oct 2011

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Riverford Farm’s Travelling Field Kitchen Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:30:16 +0000

Riverford Farm are known for their organic vegetable boxes, which are delivered to homes up and down the country. Now the Devon growers have taken to the road with their Travelling Field Kitchen, serving fresh, healthy meals inside a beautiful big yurt.

Riverford owner Guy Watson said the idea – which came to him “in a drunken haze by the reservoir down by the farm” – is “all about celebrating great vegetables”. It’s also an opportunity for his staff to “mix with customers and understand what makes an acceptable cabbage”.

Last night I popped into the temporary restaurant, currently at Freightliners City Farm in Islington, to sample some of their produce.

Dinner is served at long communal tables, so be prepared to talk to your neighbours! I had the veggie option, a lovely pastry and squash dish, accompanied by plates of colourful vegetables from Riverford farms, which were shared among the table.

For dessert, we got to choose from a counter full of amazing homemade puddings. I chose the gorgeous pavlova, which was covered in enormous strawberries. One fellow diner obviously found the choice too difficult: she asked for two desserts.

There are many reasons why you should visit the Travelling Field Kitchen:  for the experience of dining in a yurt, the friendly atmosphere and of course the delicious food. It’s only in London until Sunday so catch it while you can!

Riverford’s Travelling Field Kitchen is at Freightliners City Farm until 20 June 2010

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Sheep Potter In Potters Field Sat, 04 Jul 2009 08:00:56 +0000 Sheep from Surrey Docks Farm

Hungry sheep, snuggly rabbits, thoughtful donkeys and a dopey ferret visited Potters Field Park yesterday.

The animals were from Surrey Docks Farm. The farm runs a mobile farm – a big green van which takes the animals out to make new friends. Children from schools near Tower Bridge were invited to meet the animals. Passing tourists and office workers were equally enthralled.

If you didn’t get to make a new furry friend in Potter’s Field yesterday, the mobile farm will be at Surrey Quays shopping centre on the 24th July. Can’t wait till then? Meet the whole family at Surrey Docks Farm every Tuesday to Sunday.

London has 10 city farms. Which one is your favourite?

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