The farm is just outside of Reading - just 30 minutes or so from where we live in High Wycombe, it's a working farm with a decent farm shop, cafe and a play area and it's all free. Yep. Free. How rare is it to find a lovely activity for an afternoon out without paying a fortune?
There is an opportunity to contribute to the upkeep and addition of new attractions by popping some cash in the brightly coloured pig by the front gate but it isn't compulsory. Once through the gates you may encounter the odd animal (like a chicken, or last time we went Lily tried to befriend a cockerel).
Due to it being a working farm, as opposed to an attraction like Odd's Farm in Wooburn Green, you can't guarantee what animals you see. Last time there were goats, pigs and cows in addition to the sheep, ducks, chickens, horses and llamas (!) that we saw today.
As well as the animals, they also have a small area for crazy golf and a play area for children. Lily loves this play area, I remember her exploring it when she was tiny and barely walking, now she was even confident enough to swing down the fireman's pole. My girl is growing up so fast.
If you're in the area then I would definitely recommend a visit to Lockey Farm, the facilities are basic but lovely and the kids really enjoyed it. I'd say they had just as much fun viewing these animals as they have at other places we've visited so you can't go wrong with that.
I'd also recommend a quick look in the farm shop - they had some lovely looking fresh produce, it's hard to resist picking some up. We didn't try the cafe as we stopped off at a local Hungry Horse before arriving at the farm but from what I could see the cafe looked inviting and had some nice food on the menu.
Here is a glimpse of our previous visit, in case you're looking for more inspiration to head over and visit:
Do you have a farm near you to visit? Let me know if you have any good ones!