Winter Fun At Stonebridge City Farm

We visit Stonebridge City Farm regularly in the summer but are a little guilty of neglecting it in the winter, when it needs the support most.

Over the Christmas break we decided we’d visit.  Princess was struggling a little not having nursery as an outlet for her active and curious nature, and as a result tempers were becoming a little frayed.

Hats and wellies to the ready of we trundled in the snow to see how the animals were doing at the farm.

Stonebridge City Farm Despite not being for a while, Princess still finds the farm familiar surroundings so it was great to see her confident enough to explore ahead of us in a safe environment.  All this helps with her sense of independence.

Stonebridge City Farm

Kids just love being outdoors, whatever the weather.  They are designed to be active and explore, taking to the couch is unfortunately a symptom of modern society.  As adults we should move much more, and could learn a thing or to from the ‘kids that just don’t sit still’.

stonebridge farm nottingham

I was surprised how Princess was so familiar with the farm as it looked so different in the snow and ice.  The gardens normally flourish with vegetables and flowers in the summer, so seeing it all under a blanket of white was a completely different experience for her.

winter farm 6

Since our last visit, an avery has been added to the farm.  I have watched the farm expand over the years and it’s lovely to see they are still keen to grow and add new animals and birds for it’s visitors.

birds at stonebridge farm

Our old favourites are still there too, braving the cold weather.  The volunteers were working hard to keep them fed and warm while we were there.  As we were leaving the animals were being taken into their shelters, way before the sunset so they didn’t get too cold.  The activity round the farm helps us talk to Princess about taking care of animals and how important it is to keep them fed and healthy.

Guinea pigs

We always pop to the barn to visit the smaller animals.  Princess loves the rabbits and guinea pigs.  I don’t think she is alone there when it comes to her favourite furry friends.

Despite the weather, we managed a play on the park before we left too.

play area at stonebridge farm

It can be easy to forget farms at this time of year.  They are still a great place to visit, and I know Princess still gets so much from them even when the weather isn’t so great.

Find out if the farm near you is open and pay them a visit.  I know the pigs will appreciate a bag of feed and you’ll all enjoy it.

Stonebridge City Farm is a charity and appreciates donations from it’s visitors to support it’s activities.

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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12 Discussion to this post

  1. Lisa Ruggles says:

    Looks a great place to visit! Being stuck inside for the last few weeks with one bug after another, I’m feeling quite jealous of anyone who makes it outside 🙂 Linking up from #CountryKids

  2. What a fab farm to have on your doorstep. We’ve been feeling the absence of nursery as well so have been getting out for walks, feeding the ducks at the beach and visiting friends as much as we can to keep the Tot entertained 🙂 #countrykids

  3. vicki - elliebearbabi says:

    Looks like you all had lots of wintery farm fun! We are hoping to get to the zoo soon even though its so cold. We did it last year in the snow and it was lovely! #countrykids

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    we have yet to visit! it looks like fun even in the winter months honey! we must make the most of getting out and about more!

  5. Coombe Mill says:

    What a great way to spend the day, all of our visitors enjoy helping farmer nick ensure there’s plenty of warm spaces and food for all of our animals. It’s great that Princess is so happy to explore and has the confidence to do it at the farm. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.
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  6. Louise says:

    What a lovely place for a day out, love seeing all the photos of the animals and how lovely that you had some snow too 🙂
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  7. Dean of Little Steps says:

    The farm looks lovely with the snow! Now if only it snows here in North Cornwall where we live. Sadly, the last time it did was some time in ’09 and it was a mere dusting! Anyway, hope you and your lovely family receive more blessings this new year. #countrykids.

  8. Merlinda (@pixiedusk) says:

    I have snow envy! I am wishing for snow as my son is more aware now if his surroundings and I am sure he will enjoy playing in snow! Everything looks prettier in snow =) #countrykids

  9. Looks like a great day out. Lovely photo’s x

  10. Nicola Young says:

    I never thought about visitng a farm in winter, but it looks like a lovely day out, especially with the snow as a back drop.

  11. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh what a fab place! I discovered guinea pigs recently at our local Pets at Home store – funny little things! Yes, I love being outside too! I haven’t seen any snow yet 🙁 Thank you for co-hosting #MyFavouritePlace

  12. A S,Edinburgh says:

    Lovely article, thank you, and you make such a good point, it really is a good idea to keep going to places like this “out of season”. It’s usually just as nice a day out, too, albeit in a different way.

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