It is my go to place on a sunny Summer’s day, the perfect end-of-the-day sanity preserver and meeting place for play dates galore.
For those of you who’ve not been before (or not been for a while) here’s my review of the fantastic Standalone Farm in Letchworth.
Fun on the farm
Yes, it’s a farm, so there are all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see here. We usually start with the chickens and guinea pigs – a firm favourite in our family.
There are also sheep, cows, pigs, donkeys, alpacas, goats, ducks and wildfowl.
Bird feed is for sale plus there are regular feeding sessions and cow milking demonstrations too.
I confess, we sometimes don’t make it as far as the animals.
The adventure playground has a variety of equipment to suit children up to the age of about 12 including swings and play area for toddlers, assault course and climbing for older children and lots of space to run around and picnic.
Sometimes we just take a picnic and hang out by the play area by friends – it’s a beautiful spot.
There is also a play barn with various ride on tractors as well as a full size tractor that my little ones love to pretend to drive! And if it’s tractor rides you’re after, there are FREE tractors rides past the sheep running at peak times – info is by the entrance.
A fairly recent addition to Standalone Farm is the sandpit located in the gardens. It’s a lovely shady spot and there are always buckets and spades available. We spend ages there on every visit.
Food glorious food
The Greenway Cafe offers sandwiches, salads, cakes, ice creams and drinks PLUS delicious stonebaked pizzas.
Meal deals are available for both kids (£4.00 ) and adults (£5.00) which offer good value for money. There are usually gluten and/or dairy free cakes on offer from Bury Lane Farm Shop but there are not always lot of meal options available for those with dietary requirements. If this might be a problem for you, be prepared to bring something along.
If you want to bring a picnic, there are lots of places to throw a blanket down as well as picnic benches. You don’t have to shiver outside if the weather is being typically British – there’s an indoor picnic barn complete with tables and chair just across from the play area. Plus you can still grab a takeaway coffee from the Greenway Cafe!
Why we love Standalone Farm
Standalone Farm features heavily in the photo albums of my daughter’s first four years (and I’m sure it will for many years yet!)
There is so much to do that it makes a fab day out (complete with picnic or pennies for the Greenway Cafe) but you can also just pop in for a hour and say hello to the pigs. Especially with our trusty annual pass…
It has saved me on seemingly endless afternoons with grumpy toddlers and in during the school holidays where they always have something different on offer.
And given how many people I bump into each time I visit, I don’t think I’m alone…
Address: Wilbury Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 4JN
Opening Hours: Standalone Farm is open 10.00am – 5.00pm daily during the season.
Opening Dates: The season runs from 1st March – 31st October.
- Activities run daily – check the board for when you arrive for what’s on.
- There are are always additional events running in the holidays – usually included in the entry price. Make sure you check out what’s on before you go.
- If you have a transport fan, make sure you take a stash of 20ps for the miniature railway – my youngest daughter’s favourite attraction!
- Standalone Farm is not open all year round – check before you visit.
- Annual passes are excellent value for money at £75.00 for a family ticket for the year. Upgrade your day entry ticket within 14 days and you’ll get the cost discounted from the annual pass price.