East Hull community farm is the east of the city’s best kept secret.
Nestled between a housing estate and Andrew Marvell School is the farm within the city, with pigs, sheep, calves, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs to name a few.
I say “nestled between”, and not “wedged between” because the farm has a surprising amount of open space, considering its location.
And this time of year, you will also see baby lambs as we did – and even got to stroke one!
Registered as a charity and run by Hull City Council, it’s free to get in – for everyone.
INFO: The farm is NOT open on weekends or bank holidays.
Primarily, the farm provides education and learning opportunities in agriculture, crafts and country life for people with learning difficulties.
It offers the chance to study for recognised qualifications for Working Life, ITQ and Vocational Studies.
However, it’s also a community farm, so five days a week it’s open to the public for a visit.
It’s not going to be a full day out – you might spend about an hour there – but if you’re in the area it’s well worth a visit.
I went with my two-year-old daughter and my Nanna and we had a lovely morning seeing the animals.
The farm is incredibly friendly. We met Chris, who has worked there for 20 years and very kindly told us all about the farm and the animals and gave us a carrot to feed Neville the donkey.
She also said it was OK for my daughter Jasmine to go inside the pen to stroke the rabbits and we were warned of any animals that may bite.
Jasmine loved running up and down and seeing all the animals and asking questions.
There’s also a shop where you can buy farm produce. It’s very small but I came away with a dozen free-range eggs for £2, and pork and leek sausages for £2.20, which were an absolute bargain.
All of the produce is from the farm. A local abattoir and butcher is used so you can be sure none of the products have travelled very far.
Also on offer are burgers, outdoor reared lamb, which is available to order fresh and, when available, a half pig or leg of pork or pork chops.
Although the farm is free to visit, donations are gratefully accepted.
Our visit made a lovely change and I’m sure we will be back.
NEED TO KNOW…
LOCATION: Barham Road, Bilton Grange, east Hull, HU9 4EE.
OPEN: Monday to Friday, 9am until 4pm. Closed on weekends and bank holidays.
PRICES: Free for individuals and families. Small charges for groups.
CALL: 01482 783990