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Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

A week or two ago, Holly and I took a trip up to North Leeds. We had a dental appointment but thought we’d make the most of the day while we were in the area and show Holly where I’d spent my childhood.

We started our day by visiting Chapel Allerton. We called into the Sunshine Bakery and bought some of their exquisite cupcakes as a little treat.

Following the dentist, we went to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm it is such a wonderful attraction, particularly good if you have small children. The farm is an educational centre for young people who have learning disabilities or who have struggled to engage with the education system.

Holly and I loved our afternoon there. We had a hot meal together which was reasonably priced and delicious. The cafe and farm shop have a relaxed feel about them. However the service was incredibly friendly and efficient.

The farm is very interactive and Holly was able to feed the animals which she really enjoyed. There are gardens and a coppice wood also to explore. It only cost £1 for me to visit and Holly’s admission was free. I’m sure that the farm will be a lovely perk after visiting the dentist in future.

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Family Day – Cannon Hall Farm

We wanted to share our most recent family day. Because of the cold weather, we’ve struggled to get outdoors with Holly for more than an hour or so. When we awoke one Sunday morning in January and found the weather was a tropical 10 degrees celsius, we took the opportunity to go out and about.

Holly hadn’t been to a farm before and on our first ever outing with her, we’d  visited Cannon Hall. I was aware that there was an open farm nearby. I’d had a good look at the website for Cannon Hall farm which was packed full of information and is well presented.  Being in South Yorkshire, this was within a reasonable distance to us and a 10 minute journey from Junction 37 of the M1.

There is much to see and do if you have a young family. There’s the farm, farm shop,  Tea room, Deli, Toy/gift shop, adventure playground and also a good base for local walks. We went for the main attraction, the animals. I’d seen advertised on the website that there had been, lots of new arrivals at the farm. We weren’t disappointed there was a lovely selection of baby animals.

As soon as Holly saw the pigs, she looked at both Mark and I and said “Peppa” and made snorting piggy noises. It was wonderful to watch her experience seeing these animals in real life. We bought her a tractor toy with trailer of farm animals for Christmas. She’s often walking around our home with one of her toy animals in her tiny hands. It was a proud parenting moment to see her comprehend what the animal was. This was helped by the fact that she had a fantastic view.

The biggest challenge of this family day was that Holly is now walking confidently and running. She has become reluctant to spend long periods of time in her pram and wants to explore the world.  It was reassuring that the farm was exceptionally clean and there’s hand cleansing facilities throughout. There is clear advice around the farm about touching the animals and maintaining hygiene. The animals are also beautifully cared for. It had kept the charm of a farm-yard with the convenience of a visitor attraction. We also had our hands stamped so that we could go in and out of the farm freely to visit other areas without having to pay again.

On the day we visited, the farm was very busy. We headed to the Tea Room at the peak of lunch hour. We managed to get a spacious table and a high chair for Holly. We’d packed a lunch for her as we always do in the fear that she becomes overwhelmingly hungry and too upset to eat. However, it was lovely that our meals were brought to us within 20 minutes of ordering. The portions were very big (we managed about half each) and good value for money. We all enjoyed our food, I would definitely recommend the Pork baguette.

Following lunch, Holly toddled around the toy shop and chose a fluffy hamster (which she snuggled into her neck on the car journey home) a lovely selection of gifts, only for well-behaved girls and boys mind you! ;0)

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the deli or farm shop. Having said that, we plan to return for “Rabbit week” this February to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It’s a lovely day out, fantastic value for money, we definitely recommend a visit.

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