One of the things that set us apart from other farm attractions is that we’re based on a real, live working farm. Our 750-acre beef & arable farm is worked by two generations of the Bower Family – Farmer Ray and his son, Farmer Richard, who are both passionate about helping families learn about farming and the role it plays in conservation.
Whatever time of year you visit, there will be new things to see and new animals to meet – so you can discover farming and food production while having bags of fun…
Saturday 19th September – Sunday 4th October 2020
We’re a working farm and food production is at the heart of what we do. Harvest is one of the busiest times of year for us, so we’re celebrating British Food Fortnight by helping visitors to PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm learn more about the ‘farm to fork’ journey – while having lots of fun!
Extra activities taking place this fortnight include:
- Pick your own bag of spuds to take home and cook
- Learn what’s happening around the farm at harvest and where our produce goes during the farm trailer ride (weather dependent)
- Take on the Harvest Quiz Trail to learn facts about food production – find all the answers to claim your treat!
- Join the Veg Hunt and identify what veggies are hiding in the Maize Trail
- Support our ‘Harvest Feastival’ collection for local food banks*
*Bring a can or non-perishable food item to donate when you visit and we’ll add to a bumper hamper for donation to local food banks
Alongside our commercial beef herd of Pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle, which graze the riverside pastures, the farm is home to a real mix of large animals. In our large animal viewing area, visitors can get up close to pigs, goats and rare breed sheep and cattle, with our specially-designed Perspex viewing pens meaning even the smallest visitors can get enjoy safe, eye-level animal interactions.
Depending on the time of year, you may even meet animal babies – including lambs, goat kids and piglets. Other seasonal visitors include turkeys and geese, while in winter our beef herd come in from the cold to munch on hay whilst standing on thick, straw beds.
Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Out in the animal paddocks you’ll discover some of Farmer Ray’s more unusual pets – including emus, rhea birds, llamas, alpacas and ponies – you might even get to feed them during Farm Trailer Rides*!
* Availability may depend on season/weather conditions
Make memories that last a lifetime in our Small Animal petting area. You can handle our friendly rabbits and guinea pigs all year round, while in springtime there will also be cute, fluffy chicks to hold.
In addition, visitors will be able to see our resident Meerkats in their purpose-built enclosure – you’ll often see them sunbathing, playing, searching for food or digging new burrows to add to their tunnel network. Meerkats aren’t the only animals we’ve rehomed at Lower Drayton Farm – children can also look at our freshwater terrapin in his specially built pond and our awesome European Eagle Owls in their woodland aviary.
Keeping safe on the farm
The safety of our visitors, team and animals is of the utmost importance to us, and we ask that visitors stay within the designated attraction area. As we are a working farm, heavy machinery moving around and animals turned out in fields means the rest of the site is off-limits to the public, apart from during farm trailer rides when accompanied by a member of the team. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.