26 November 2022
Amongst London’s sprawl of steel and concrete, there are plenty of places where your kids can feed animals. Our list includes venues all across the city. There are cheap and cheerful options for those on a budget, or breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime experiences if you’re willing to splash a bit of cash.
Let’s start things off with the UK’s very first city farm, delighting families since 1972.
Your kids won’t need long to feed all the animals in this small but splendid pocket of countryside. They’ll find farm favourites such as sheep, goats, pigs, horses and donkeys milling around the small area. There’s even a frog pond, a flock of geese and cuddly cuties such as guinea pigs.
It also holds seasonal events and activity sessions for kids. There’s free parking available nearby and admission is free, but donations are very welcome.
This quirky little zoo has a wonderful array of small and medium-sized animals. You’ll find familiar favourites such as pigs and ponies amongst hundreds of more exotic animals. There’s loads to see.
And if you’re willing to spend a little extra, it offers a selection of awesome experiences where your kids can meet and feed the animals. These range from single animal encounters for kids aged five and above, to immersive keeper experiences for over-sevens.
They might find themselves throwing fish to the otters before devising challenges for the monkeys to get their food.
Another cute and compact city farm, you’ll pack lots of fun into a little time at Deen City Farm. Entry is free, though it relies on donations, so please support them if you can.
Once you’re in, you can buy bags of animal feed then roam around at will. Goats, sheep, cows, ducks, alpacas and more will be jostling their way hungrily to your kids in no time.
Your kids will also love the rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. You can arrange a group handling session with these friendly little furballs when you book your visit.
Whilst you might see deer in London’s royal parks, they’re wild animals, so DON’T try getting up close and personal with them.
However, you can do just that within the safe confines of the charming and tranquil Maryon Wilson Animal Park. You can walk around and see the small selection of animals anytime, but free guided tours run every Wednesday. Your kids can feed the herd of deer and see these stunning animals up close.
But be quick! It only allows fifty people and it’s first come, first served.
The final venue on our list is by far the priciest, but it’ll provide your children with some truly unforgettable experiences.
As well as the chance to see loads of the world’s most enchanting animals up close, it also offers ‘Meet the Animal’ experiences. Here, your kids will get the chance to feed and interact with animals such as monkeys, penguins and meerkats.
These activities do cost quite a bit, as you also need to buy a ticket for yourself. But it’s worth it for the sheer joy on your kiddy’s face as a mischievous meerkat sits on their knee nibbling food from their hand.
Visit a place from our list and see that you don’t need to venture miles from the capital to connect with nature.