Christmas Tree Farm
This little gem of a farm in Orpington is perfect for children who love to feed and pet animals. There were sheep and goats at the beginning of the trail, alpacas, llamas and cows, horses and ponies as well as pigs. You'll find chickens, ducks and geese freely wandering around - some may even have lunch with you. Rabbits and guinea pigs are in a sheltered pen by the ticket office.
We visited during half term and it was busy but we managed to find parking easily albeit I had to put my reverse driving skills to the test when I found the small car park was full. There was an overflow car park right next door.
For £4 per adult and £2 per child (over 2) the farm is large enough to not seem overly crowded but small enough to see all the animals in a couple of hours. We did find that the animals were not wanting to feed towards the end of the visit - they probably had a field day with all the school children feeding them. Feed buckets were £1 each for a small bucket including carrots.
It was an enjoyable visit. The wash facilities were good with step stools for young children to stand on to wash their hands.
There is a strict no picnic policy at the farm and there are lots of signs to remind you so if you plan to bring any food to eat don't be surprised that the staff will ask you to pack it away. They do serve a small selection of hot snacks (hot dogs and sausage rolls) and sandwiches including a packed lunch box for children. Their hot chocolates were surprisingly good!