Would your child like to have a ride on a pony for £2 or do a ‘pony pampering session’ or learn stable management? They can at Gloucester’s St James City Farm along with meeting cows, pigs, sheep and other animals.
The charity run farm and approved riding school in the middle of the city is also running craft days on Wednesdays throughout the summer holiday and there are also themed pony rides on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
It provides a taste of the countryside in the heart of the city and runs projects ranging from learning how to grow your own vegetables to getting young people to design and build livestock housing.
We went along today and had a lovely time. It’s a bit of a contrast to driving to the Cotswold Farm Park but it is really worth it! We got to feed the goats and chickens with some vegetables and saw how happy all the animals are from pigs to ducks on a pond. We watched some of the pony rides – everything is done very professionally with forms to fill in and trained helpers guide the pony round.
The city farm was established in 1998 but in 2011 a registered charity, the Friendship Café, stepped in as the farm was about to be shut down due to funding cuts. The farm is now kept open with the help of many dedicated volunteers supporting experienced staff.
The farm is open all year round every day from 9.30am to 4.30pm. (Until 3.30pm in winter) Everyone is welcome and entry is free but donations are welcome of straw, hay or money. Please check with the farm re. pony rides and lessons in case of any last-minute changes.
Phone: 01452 305728