Review: Lee Valley Park Farms

Lee Valley Park Farms are situated just outside Waltham Abbey, around 45 minutes from Hitchin.

Lee Valley Park Farms hosts all the usual family favourites – pigs, cows, sheep, goats and donkeys – but some extra surprises too!

We loved visiting the tortoises in Tortoise Town and saying hello to the friendly meerkats (including an underground visit to see them up close…)

The animal highlight for us was the up close encounter with the guinea pigs. Although just one of the many animal activities on offer thoroughout there day, my two absolutely loved it. They got to hand feed and pet the guinea pigs whilst stroking them – there were photo opportunities too. My girls were captivated.

Some other unusual creatures on show included chinchillas, cockroaches and a bearded dragon in Critter Corner.

Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas

Away from the animals there was still more on offer. We loved the Dino Dig & Splash where we could play in a large sand pit and hunt for dinosaur bones.

There were also two outdoor play areas – one with play equipment for younger children, the other that included a Jumping Pillow and Alpine Adventure as well as a climbing tower that would even keep your teens entertained!

On the way back for a deserved cup of tea, we found another play area complete with wheelbarrows, pretend logs and giant Lego blocks too (thought it was my husband who required dragging away…)

We warmed up in the Bundle Barn, a small soft play area with separate sections for 0-3 and 3+ years. The play barn was clean and in good condition had enough to keep my giant 5 year old entertained.

Bumblebee Cafe

There are a couple of food options – a cafe next to the play area on busier days (not a cold February Saturday though!) and the Bumblebee Cafe.

In the Bumblebee Cafe we scoffed pizza, scones and ice cream (yes, even in February). The food was nice and not stupidly expensive. There are indoor picnic areas and benches available too if you want to take your own food.

Holyfield Hall Farm

There’s a second farm nearby, home to the dairy herd. You can take one of the regular tractor rides (every 15 minutes) down to the farm or follow thepedestraion route. Here you can meet the cows and maybe catch milking time – check times before visiting.

We spent too much time with the guinea pigs to catch the milking this time – however, we were able to take home some fresh milk with us from a specially designed vending machine. You can buy glass bottles to fill from the shop or take your own!

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