We visited stockley farm on Monday 22 July. The farm was open from 1-5, we arrived just after 1 and managed to get the first tractor to the farm. Our little girl absolutely loved the tractor, it was a good 5 mins to get there and as the weather was good all the cows and sheep were out in the fields near by for her to look at.
We were so surprised on arriving at the main farm having been to many 'children's farms' Stockley farm blew all the others out of the water. There was a huge outdoor play area with swings and climbing frames, and an outdoor sand pit and climbing walls for older kids. The grass was well maintained in this area so you could take a blanket and sit out and there was plenty of tables in this area with umbrellas for you to sit at. In the centre of the farm there was another lovely green area with tables for picnics. The whole place was spotlessly clean. In the main barn there were baby goats, calfs and piglets as well as smaller family pet animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs) a great bit highland cow LuLu and pigmy goats.
On our arrival in the barn a member of staff was sitting with a baby goat and encouraged our little girl to stroke it, which was lovely.
I will say the staff throughout our visit were really friendly and helpful and took time to speak to the children and explain about the animals.
After the barn an announcement told us that some of the small pets were out for petting on the grass (a couple of rabbits and an albino hedgehog - very cute!) the animals weren't just held by staff they were let on the floor to wander around the children, again this was a lovely touch.
We stayed for the baby goat feeding which was a real giggle, the goats are bonkers! As soon as they're let out if the pens in the main barn they come skipping and skidding to the feeding area, the staff made sure that everyone got to feed the goats at least once.
The horses and donkeys were out at one point too so that you could brush them.
I believe at the weekends they have sheep racing!
We visited on a glorious day but I'd even go when it was raining as the barns would be dry, and there is a huge indoor play area with indoor sand pit, hay bale climb and bouncy castle. We didn't really go in but it was very clean and the children that were in there seemed to be having a great time!
You can also watch the cows being milked as this is a working dairy farm.
There is a little shop, a cafe serving a choice of food (with healthy options for children) and an ice cream parlour.
Although it might seem expensive on first look, this really is a special little place - pack a picnic and enjoy! We will certainly be back!