Visiting Hadleigh Rare Breeds Farm

hadleigh farm CollageLiving in deepest, darkest, estuary Essex it can be hard to imagine much countryside around here. Sure, we have the seaside, which I am eternally grateful for, but having grown up on the other side of the Thames with fairly easy access to fields I like to be able to take my son out to somewhere where he can run around in a field and see some ‘proper countryside stuff’. 

Hadleigh Rare Breeds Farm is the perfect place for us, it’s about a fifteen minute drive from Southend, and only costs £2.50 for people over three to get in. A quick calculation definitely puts me in that age bracket. The farm is owned and run by The Salvation Army. It’s a commercial farm that also works as a training centre for people for people with special educational needs, and if you needed any further convincing on it’s general greatness then all you need to know is that there is a tea room. And I love tea rooms. hadleigh farm 3

The Toddler, obviously, adores it there, especially yelling ‘BAAAAA!!!!’ at the sheep as loud as he can. You can buy bags of food to feed the animals for 40p which is also a huge winner with him and  means that he can get up close  to pat the animals in a way that, say, I wouldn’t let him do with people’s dogs around my way. If you’re a bit ‘hmm’ about letting your small child near the more bitey of animals with their lovely chubby fingers then there are some brilliant drainage shoots that they can throw food down for the animals to catch at the other end. Or they can jut yell down them at the animals. I imagine this depends on how many chocolate buttons they’ve eaten that day.

hadleigh farm 2As well as the animals there’s also a play area with ride on diggers and a ‘did I hear someone say Pirate Ship?!’ and castle for small people to play in. Result.

To find out opening times and all that, the Salvation Army’s proper website is over here.


  1. 17th June 2013 / 8:03 am

    It looks smashing, SYd loves our local animal farm too! Cant beat feeding a Llama on a sunday afternoon!

    • Kate
      17th June 2013 / 7:00 pm

      A llama? Super impressed!!

  2. 17th June 2013 / 2:05 pm

    My children love a farm park. Unfortunately the one near us is nowhere near as cheap as this one. Otherwise we would be there every week 🙂

    • Kate
      17th June 2013 / 6:53 pm

      It kinda makes up for the cost of the local zoo, just checked that out for a visit and it was £20 each, eek!

  3. 17th June 2013 / 2:13 pm

    Oops, just realised I have put someone elses website on my last comment and my own. :-/

    • Kate
      17th June 2013 / 6:54 pm

      Lol, tried to change it but naughty wordpress just wiped out the link instead 🙁 It still links to your blog through your name though 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *