We were going to visit a farm that's quite local to us that I had taken my older kids to when they were young, but on seeing the admission prices and the fact they wanted to charge for Jake (he's 12 weeks old) I decided to look further afield and came across a lovely little place called Acorn Farm in Knowsley which about a thirty minute drive from us.
Acorn Farm started out as a community project in 1985 and has gone from strength to strength since then, they continue to involve people from the local community, as well as providing local employment opportunities they also provide day service placement for those with disabilities.
When I saw this statement on their website 'Acorn Farm is a registered charity and we try to keep our admission and other charges to a minimum to ensure that everyone is able to access our services regardless of their level of disposable income. Any surplus generated is used to improve the farm’s facilities' I knew the farm deserved our hard earned pennies.
Here are a few photo's from our visit
The admission price is fantastic for families on a tight budget, £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for kids !
As well as the usual array of farm animals, they also have Meerkats, this little fella was busy keeping watch.
You can buy a very generous sized bag of animal feed for 50p, all the animals were really friendly and those who weren't were clearly sign posted.
There is a beautiful little garden where you can chill out, like the rest of the farm this area is beautifully maintained.
We paid £1 for Daisy to pet some of the smaller animals, the petting sessions are usually only offered on weekends but are available every day throughout the Summer holidays.
Although we had a picnic we needed to feed Jake so popped in the café for a coffee and Daisy enjoyed a huge slice of sticky apple cake.
The farm also has two fantastic play areas for children, a woodland walk and a shop where they sell local produce and plants from the farm.
I can't believe this little gem of a place has been sitting under our noses for years without us noticing, it will definitely become a regular day out for us now.
Acorn Farm also won a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor this year and I'm really not surprised, the site is beautifully maintained and the animals look healthy and well cared for.
If you want to check out there website then you can click here .