Discovering Hatfield Park Farm
In Barnet, we’re only around ten miles from Hatfield and I’m sure most people know of the beautiful Jacobean mansion, Hatfield House. But did you know there’s a children’s farm on the estate too? The Misters have visited Hatfield Park Farm a few times over the past year, so here’s some more information and photos to show you around.
Around The Farm
After buying your tickets and animal feed from The Shepherd’s Hut, you go through to the farm, which is safely fenced in. As you walk around you’ll meet a variety of animals including donkeys, pigs, rabbits and chickens. The sheep and pygmy goats are our favourites as they’re great for little ones to feed by hand! The farm doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. You won’t find brightly-lit, noisy amusements here, but the farm suits its peaceful setting very well and provides simple outdoor fun.
The tractor and trailer ride around the farm is enjoyable, as is the miniature railway! Train rides cost an extra £2 per person but it’s great fun. We can usually spend an hour to an hour and a half just exploring the farm itself.
Bloody Hollow Playground
Next to Hatfield Park Farm is the children’s play area, ‘Bloody Hollow.’ The main attraction is the impressive scale replica of Hatfield House. It’s a wonderfully detailed structure with ladders, bridges, poles and a slide. It’s not really for suitable little ones, (or the faint-hearted) as there are some big drops! For younger children, though, there are some swings, a seesaw and a train to climb on.
There are portaloos within the farm itself but these aren’t ideal for toddlers and wouldn’t be suitable for baby changing. Larger toilet facilities can be found across the car park (ask for directions at the Shepherd’s Hut) or in the Stable Yard (a five to ten-minute walk). Parking is free and adjacent to the farm.
Food & Drink
There is often the ‘Coffee-Bike’ near the entrance, where you can buy hot drinks to walk around with. However, I can’t confirm that it is available every day. There are plenty of picnic benches within the farm and Bloody Hollow playground. If you feel like a casual meal, we really like the River Cottage Deli that has recently opened up in the Stable Yard. Here, you can grab sandwiches, drinks and snacks to take away, and there is a lunchbox option for children. During our last visit in August, there was also an ice cream stand in the Stable Yard and an ice cream van near the farm entrance.
It’s free to park and tickets are reasonably priced. Adult tickets are £5, and the farm only charges for children over the age of three (£2.50). There are also season tickets available, should you wish to visit regularly.
Overall, we love Hatfield Park Farm and it’s somewhere we all enjoy visiting for some freedom, fresh air and fun!
To find out more, you can visit the website here