Manor Farm – Hampshire – part of Manor Farm Country Park

Situated in the peaceful area Manor Farm Country Park, situated close the River Hamble and among 400 acres of Farmland and countryside, Manor Farm in Hampshire is one of the best examples of a kid friendly working farm that you can get.

Close to Southampton of Junction 8 of the M27, the drive into Manor Farm is a treat, through a wooded track, past the picnic spots and on to the Farm – great for bikers and at a little over a mile and a half’s walkers may be tempted to leave the car further up the track and enjoy the trek on foot.

Once at the farm, through the main entrance and straight away your met by marauding chickens and runner ducks which have free range during the day. There are various animal enclosures covering the usual culprits from Jersey Cows, Pigs, Goats, Cattle and horses. The Farm is immaculately laid out with easy access to the animals. Whether that’s through direct access into the barns or in their pens.

Manor Farms theme is that of a Victorian, turn of the century farm – and one of the delights is the authentically laid out Farmhouse (of which parts can be dated back 600 years) – There is also a carefully laid out school house (intact with desks and chalkboards) for a glimpse into what school life was like 100 years ago. The house itself is beautifully restored and surrounded by the kitchen gardens and wildflowers the house is worthy of the admission price alone.

There are various themed events throughout the year from talks on Bats, “Bug Hunts” or guided farm talks. And there are various talks and displays running throughout the day whether that’s to take part in the milking of the cows or to hold the newly hatched chicks or rabbits – great for the little ones get to participate rather than just watch.

For those that like walking the Park itself can be explored (there are various picnic areas and open spaces) – the walk around the farm – and past the blacksmith’s lodge and down to St Bartholomews Church (a 13th century parish church) is nice and scenic – there is a small café when ready for refreshments.

Manor Farm is a great example of how “kids” farms should be done – loads to look at and lots to get involved in – educational and entertaining at the same time – one of the best the area has to offer.

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