On the Saturday of the last bank holiday, we decided to take BattleKid back to the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre as he had been a little bit young the first time we had taken him for his first birthday.
The Small Breeds Farm Park is located on the border of Wales and England, near Kington in Herefordshire. It is a privately owned and self financing centre relying on visitors to keep it going. It is a great place for children to explore and interact with a range of animals including miniature horses, pygmy goats, Zebu and lots more. There is a red squirrel dome, birds such as pheasants, chickens and waterfowl, and also an indoor small animal house with guinea pigs, rabbits and chipmunks. All of this as well as the Owl Garden housing an extensive collection of owls from all over the world.
Animals are either housed in outdoor enclosed pens for good weather, you can even enter some to interact with the animals, or in indoor enclosures for poorer weather.
Open all year round it is a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit, learn about the animals and interact with many you wouldn’t come into contact with very often. If visiting with children I would recommend waiting until your little ones are walking independently before going as both you and they will enjoy it more. BattleDad and I actually visited there twice in our pre-BattleKid days!
We arrived at the Farm Park at lunchtime, so BattleDad and I had toasted sandwiches for lunch, while BattleKid ate from a children’s lunch box.
After lunch we started with the indoor small animal house where BattleKid was fascinated with the rabbits and guinea pigs. He didn’t seem to notice the chipmunks and walked straight past the alpacas lying on the ground just outside this house.
We moved onto the outdoors enclosures and introduced him to some raggy sheep first.
We then visited some pygmy goats that were lovely and he got to pet one through the gate. On our travels around the park there were free roaming chickens, which BattleKid took a shine to, trying to chase them as best he could!
We took him into an enclosure with some more pygmy goats and he wandered around before starting to get a bit tired.
Before we left we visited my favourite of all, the Boer goats. I fell in love with these on our very first visit a number of years ago and they’ve been my favourite ever since. They even had a young kid with them this time! I also didn’t realise what type of goat they were until we got talking to one member of staff. Trust me to love the ones from South Africa most, seeing as I lived there when I was younger! As we were leaving we passed lots of chicks too.
We decided not to do the owl garden as BattleKid was getting tired at this point. As we were heading towards the car, I spotted a host of bluebells under the trees in the car park, so had to stop for some pictures. Despite being tired, BattleKid had a whale of a time batting them with his hands. I decided to use my phone camera rather than my DSLR for these pictures as it was quicker and I have to say I am very impressed with them. I’m loving the quality of the pictures from my new S6.
We had a great day out that Saturday, enjoying a few hours at the Small Breeds Farm Park. It was also a great time of year to visit as there were lots of chicks, kids and lambs about, great for younger children. There were talks about the owl chicks also taking place while we visited but we didn’t attend that due to BattleKid being a bit young for that. We’ll certainly return for these talks when he’s older though.
This Farm Park really is a great place to visit, especially if you have children. You can interact with the animals, and even feed them from pots of feed available to buy at the tea room (only £1 for a pot). It costs £9 for an adult and £6 for a child, under 2’s go free. It’s worth the money, especially on a nice day when the animals are in their outdoor pens. Parking is free (there is ample parking), there is a tea room for drinks and snacks, and a picnic area if you want to eat outside, or if you decide to bring your own food. The staff are very friendly and are happy to stop and chat and answer any questions you might have.
If you are looking for an enjoyable family day out on the Welsh-English border, then you won’t go wrong with a visit to the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre.
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