Hatfield Park Farm
Hatfield Park Farm is situated in the beautiful grounds of Hatfield House – a glimpse of which is visible when wandering around the farm itself.
There are wide grassy paths between enclosures so you don’t have to worry about little ones tripping on stones or falling over on concrete. It means that the farm feels really spacious, although not large, and was actually quite a relaxing place to be – even with my toddlers.
Enclosures are large but as bags of animal feed are sold at the entrance (50p a bag), those cheeky animals are always lined up by the fence in case of a snack opportunity!
We’ve been to lots of farms over the past few years, but this fact did mean that we were able to get up really close to the animals and my children (aged 2 and 4) were really excited about it.
There are two large sandpits to play in, although when we visited the diggers that are usually there had been removed for maintenance. This didn’t stop my two taking of their shoes and playing in the sand anyway.
In the centre of the farm is a small playground called Goats Pass. This was also closed for maintenance at the time of our visit but is due to reopen in the first week of August 2018.
In addition to the animals, there is a tractor and trailer that offer rides around the farm included in the price. This runs every 15 minutes.
There is also a miniature train that runs on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays (weather permitting). There is a small additional charge for this.
Bloody Hollow Adventure Playground
Entrance to Bloody Hollow is including in the farm ticket or can be purchased separately.
Although the farm is best suited to younger children, the adventure playground is aimed at children up to the age of 14 and really is fantastic.
Bloody Hollow, as it’s name suggests, is in a hollow covered with trees so it offers shelter from the weather whether rain or sun.
As well as a rope bridge, tree house, zip wire and more there is also a 2.5m scale model of Hatfield House for children to play in, on and around!
There are benches scattered around so you can take a picnic along with you and also portaloos available. Baby changing is available at the Stable Yard nearby.
Opening times and pricing
The farm is open Monday – Sunday from 10.00am – 5.00pm during school holidays. In term time the farm is closed on Mondays.
Farm Entrance (inc tractor and Bloody Hollow)
Adults £5 | Children £2.50 | Under 3s free
Bloody Hollow only
Adults and Children £2 per ride | Babies (under 16 months) 50p
(Pricing correct as of July 2018)
Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NB
- There are portaloos around the farm and playground but at present no baby changing facilities. These are available in the Stable Yard.
- Parking on site is free of charge.
- Food is available from River Cottage Deli and Restaurant. The Deli offers food to take away and has a few tables available to eat at as well. The Restaurant is dine in with tables both inside and on the terrace outside.
- Hot food is served at the River Cottage Restaurant whilst the Deli offers sandwiches and cakes including a good value Children’s Lunch Box. As we were dining the staff kindly let us take the lunch boxes into in the Restaurant.
- On weekends there is a Coffee vendor situated next to the Farm selling hot drinks and snacks.
- Events run at Hatfield Park Farm throughout the summer so check the website to see if anything extra is on before visiting.