This half term has been wonderful, not only was I lucky enough to have a full week off with my boys but we were also blessed with the most amazing weather, making it the perfect time to explore new out door places. As most parents will agree, with school holidays comes the added expense of entertaining the children, so free days out are always welcome. I did some research into free days out in Liverpool and surrounding areas and we discovered the Rice Lane city farm in Liverpool. Here is what we thought of it….
Having visited Liverpool numerous times I have never heard of, or come across, Rice Lane city farm and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t either as it is tucked away behind a built up housing area away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The farm has a variety of animals from pigs to bunnies, and chickens to donkeys and the staff were on hand and ready to talk to my boys all about them. The main area of the farm is relatively small and depending on the level of interest your children have in watching animals you could spend anything from half an hour to a couple of hours going from one pen to the next but in addition to the animals there is a lovely new play area for children. My boys loved this as it had a climbing area and swings and kept them entertained playing pirates with the “swords” they had collecting on our walk round the farm.
This farm really is like no other as smack bang in the middle is a really really old run down church building and ridiculously over grown grave yard which makes for a great place to go exploring. We uncovered a field with two friendly donkeys in that were happy to some and pose for pictures at the gate and a second field with baby lambs in that were jumping around and enjoying the sun.
This is easily one of the most bizarrely set out farms I have ever visited but it all added to the adventure as we really had no idea what we would find around the next bend.
Overall we spent half a day at Rice lane farm and we all thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a fantastic, free (minus our donation) day out where our boys could be boys and run, climb, and discover in a safe environment that felt wild and new. We will definitely be visiting again in summer.
As I said before the place is a free day out and well worth a visit but it is also worth bearing in mind that they do have a collection box attached to the wall and all donations large or small are appreciated to help with the running costs.