If you are interested in nature or history, whether you want a place for treasured family memories watching your children feeding woolly pigs, or are simply looking to immerse yourself in the idyllic English countryside, then Hadleigh Farm is perfect for you.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I love bringing the kids here, there’s everything you need for an inexpensive day out. It’s small so it doesn’t matter if, like me, you never get anywhere until late morning/early afternoon. The kids love feeding all the animals, the Alpaca’s are a fave. There’s a decent playground and the tea rooms are really nice. Plus, if you’ve got a bit of time left, it’s worth taking a mooch over to Hadleigh castle too. Lovely spot for a picnic.
Address: Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Hadleigh, ESSEX, SS7 2AP.
Playground: Yes, lots of things to climb on.
Cafe: Yes, some lovely tea rooms overlooking the farm and countryside.
Toilets: Yes, clean and lovely in the tea rooms.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Ish. It’s a country farm. Not great for wheelchair users, a pushchair would be ok.
Parking: Yes, plenty of free parking.
Nearest Station: Leigh-on-Sea, followed by around a 40-minute walk to the venue (mostly off-road on farm tracks).
Bus: Local buses stop outside Hadleigh Church at the top of Castle Lane.
Phone: 01702 426260.
Email: [email protected]
Hadleigh Farm has evolved over the last 122 years. Today they are a commercial farm, a place of natural beauty, committed to environmental and social progress, and home to an English Heritage site.
Their tea rooms are renowned throughout the local community and beyond for the quality of food and the atmosphere. You will be served by trainees from the Hadleigh Training Centre which works with the Salvation Army to re-train people with special educational needs. Next to the tea room is the farm shop where they sell unique homemade goods and produce.
They combine their commitment to environmental conservation with family fun at their rare breeds centre. People of all ages will love their rare sheep, ponies, pigs and poultry.
As well as being the site of the Mountain Biking event for the 2012 Games, Hadleigh Farm offers a number of attractions for the whole family. Their guided walks offer a fascinating insight into the Hadleigh Farm area, including the historic Hadleigh Castle and their commercial farm.
Review by Vicki Lamb.