Parenting

Mudchute City Farm -Isle of Dogs, London

This entry is a bit of a throwback to April this year. As The Husband was on paternity leave, he wanted to make the most of having time off with us as a family as well as giving me a bit of confidence getting the two kids out before he ventured back to work.

We decided on one of the days The Husband was off to do something that The Toddler would enjoy and wasn’t going to be too taxing for us either. 


I had been to Mudchute Farm before a long time ago with a friend and her daughter so we thought we’d chance a short trip on the DLR and check it out. The Toddler is also crazy about trains so even if he didn’t like the farm so much, all was not lost as he got to go on the train.

Mudchute City Farm is a 12 acre farm based in Mudchute Park in Tower Hamlets a stone’s throw away from the financial district of Canary Wharf. Mudchute is one of many city farms that are across London but it is apparently the biggest. It has all that you’d usually expect for animals in addition to some rare breeds, birds, llamas and alpacas but also hosts a day nursery on site as well as running community events and courses. You can also enjoy views of London’s ever changing skyline whilst standing a field with some llamas.

View from the paddock to Canary Wharf

It recommends on the website to get off at Mudchute DLR station for the farm but we got off at Crossharbour as I knew from previously that it is definitely accessible with the pram to cut through Asda’s car park and through the gate that leads into the farm. I can’t remember if the entrance to the farm from Mudchute station has some steps or not.

The Toddler, of course, was made up for going on the train first of all. We managed to get on the train without much hassle and to the farm on our first major trip out with the tandem pram. The moment The Toddler saw a chance to make his bid for freedom he was off to explore. The Baby, being very much a newborn at this point, just slept her way through the clucking and baa-ing around her. 

The actual farm area itself is probably big enough without being too big to keep a toddler entertained and really easy to navigate with a cumbersome pram. The Toddler was very excited by all the animals and it was lovely to see him enjoying showing daddy them and pointing out their names. We were lucky enough for it to be lambing season when we visited as well. Total sympathy felt for al the sheep who were new mums too! Of course he managed to explore the whole farm at breakneck speed before declaring it was time for lunch.

There is an onsite cafe known as the Mudchute Kitchen that caters for both grown ups and children with reasonably priced meals but there is also a picnic area so if the weather good you could always pack your own picnic or pop into Asda to grab something. We plumped to eat at the Mudchute Kitchen because who needs a shop bought sandwich when you’ve been up with The Baby in the night when you could pay someone to cook and bring your weary bones some food? (Sorry Asda -even though I am sure you have a cafe too!)

The food was a  decent enough but a fairly standard cafe menu so there is something for everyone. The Toddler begrudgingly ate some of his pasta before realising both me and The Husband’s lunches came with chips to which point he refused to eat anything unless it was chips. Sensing he was getting tired, we decided to make plans head back.

All in all, we’d definitely go again. It was just enough without being too much, especially with a toddler.

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