Christmas Tree Farm

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Photo by Kathryn Rosario from Mummy's Gin Fund.
Christmas Tree Farm is a small children’s farm in the pretty village of Downe. It has very friendly cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, chickens, ducks and llamas to admire, and you can buy buckets full of food to feed them all.

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

Really love this farm, very friendly and so much to do! Great for any age and have been going there through 3 generations !! I would love to go more often but usually do only one or two trips a year, as it can be very exciting yet tiring and like to save them for special occasions e.g birthdays. Very open plan.

Top tips – Bring plenty of money and snacks as it can get quite expensive. Can also get very grubby so wear old clothes (goats like to nibble). I love that you can also purchase pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc.

Leave a long time for travel either by public transport or car as buses/walk is confusing and parking is super crowded. Make sure you leave enough time for these things. I have travelled by car which is quick and the best option, but parking can be difficult. I have also gone by bus which is horrid. Very long bus from Bromley and the option to get a second bus which comes every 30 mins with hidden away bus stops. I chose to walk which was very long! No road signs, a very long exhausting and confusing walk, but also nice as it’s in the countryside. Bad point is no real paths, just county lanes.

Review by Kathryn Rozario.

Not as big as Kent Life, Godstone or Bocketts, this is a smaller farm with a little less to do. That said, if you enjoy getting up close to animals there really are a lot of them and they’re very friendly and keen to eat out of your hands! There’s a lot of space for little ones to walk around the enclosures and the relaxed atmosphere is helped by the chickens and ducks that wander around your feet. We didn’t try the cafe but walked a few minutes into Downe village to eat at the George and Dragon, a country pub that’s well worth a visit for their delicious pies. There’s a playground in the village too.

Review by Becky Lopez.

Address: Cudham Road, Downe Village, Kent BR6 7LF.

Website: www.xmastreefarm.co.uk.

Playground: No.

Cafe: Cafe is small with outdoor seats only, so watch the weather. Food is basic, e.g. hot dogs, ice cream and sandwiches and a little over priced, but I was impressed with the child lunch box option containing a sandwich, snack and drink. You’re not allowed to take picnics either.

Toilets: Toilets by the entrance are easily accessible and clean. There is a hand washing trough outside with antibacterial soap to clean hands after touching animals. Loos are also near the cafe so it’s easy to clean up before / after meals.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Most paths are large and even, but I did’t notice a buggy park. One small area where steps are unavoidable, but only a small amount.

Parking: Own car park and cab park outside, extremely over crowded.

Nearest Station: n/a.

Train: Orpington, Bromley North or South, from there take a bus to Downe village.

DLR: No.

Bus: 146 from Bromley North station. R8 from Orpington station (Mon-Sat only).

Tube: No.

Phone: 01689 861603

Email: info@xmastreefarm.co.uk.

ABOUT:

Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children aged two – 16. Children under 2 are free. Buckets of feed cost £1.50 or £1, depending on the size.

Cafe and small but nice gift shop. Suitable for any age: I went as a child and absolutely loved it. Took my son there as young as 12 months and he loved it and I still love it today! You can go into some of the enclosures with the animals and pet feed them without being behind a fence.

Birthday parties available.

Review by Kathryn Rozario and Becky Lopez.

 

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