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Easter has has finally arrived! After what seemed like a long winter, our staff are glad to finally get rid of their winter coats, and welcome all the new baby animals that are arriving at the farm over the next few months. Already here, are our 1 month old orphan lambs, which you can meet during our bottle feeding sessions at 11:30 and 14:30 every day! Yet to hatch this year are our baby chicks. Ask a member of staff where our incubators are to keep an eye on their progress!
We are very proud to announce that Andrew Reid, the owner and creator of Belmont Farm, has been nominated for the 'London Borough of Barnet’s Civic awards 2017'. These awards recognise local unsung heroes hard work and commitment within the community. Against all odds, Andrew has kept Belmont Farm open for the public to enjoy and learn about food and farming in London’s hidden valley. As well as taking in schools, volunteers, work experience placements and social groups across Barnet and the wider area, Andrew hosts numerous charity events including Starlight Children’s Foundations summer party which provides a networking day for families whose children are suffering from serious or terminal illnesses. The event in 2016 was the largest held so far and saw over 900 guests enjoy a day out at the farm.
Half term is fast approaching and we have something for everyone this holiday!
- Bottle feed our adorable little lambs
- Meet our playful little piglets
- Treat yourself to a new dish off of the Waffle Cafe's new - menu
- Take advantage of our half term deal on Gemstone panning (buy one, get one half price)
- Get up close and personal with our latest arrival, Nutmeg the Jersey calf
- Become a mini shepherd in our sheep walking session
- spend time with the farms 'familiar faces' in our hourly petting sessions
- breath in the fresh London countryside air on our hourly tractor ride!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Waffle Cafe is introducing a new menu! As well as our traditional waffles, we are now offering a range of homemade burgers; halloumi, pulled pork,100% beef - just to name a few! There are plenty of other exciting meals to choose from as well as loads of new sweet treats! Come down to the Waffle Cafe today to see what all the fuss is about!
The Woodland Trust has commemorated the owner of Belmont Farm - the Reid family's contribution to Heartwood forest on the site of a previous farm which was run in conjunction with Belmont Farm, in Sandridge, St Albans. Heartwood forest is open to the public with marked walking trails, a wide variety of wildlife and trees over 400 years old!
On the 29th of December at around 4am, our Jersey Cow, Syrup, gave birth to her first calf! He can be seen tottering around and drinking milk from his mum up on the farm!
Our resident reindeer, Minnie and Snowflake have been extremely busy already this year, taking part in big Christmas evets to represent their fellow cousins, Donner and Blitzen!
On Thursday 24th November, the farm's little elves and reindeers bought their festive cheer to Mill Hill high street for the Christmas market where all of the fairy lights were turned on and the magic of Christmas was brought to life! Christmas cheer and smiles were also brought to the people of central London when Minnie and Snowflake ventured out to Mayfair and stood outside the well known prestigious food restaurant - 'Novikov' later in the week.
If you were lucky enough to spot our elves and reindeer out and about, please send your photos to us via. email or social media, to be in with a chance of winning a family day out to Belmont Farm!
If you didnt get a chance to see us in Mill Hill high street or in Mayfair, come and visit Santas little helpers at the farm from 1st December and whisper to them about your Christmas wishes... if they know you have been good, they will pass the messages onto Father Christmas!
Please take note of our Christmas opening hours for the Farm and Waffle cafe...
Monday - Friday : 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - Sunday : 9.00am - 5.00pm
**PLEASE NOTE** - we are closed on Christmas day and Boxing day.
In september, we were invited to The Saturday Show on Channel 5! So, we called up Gida - our resident TV personality - and sent her off to London with some rabbits! If you missed it, check out the episode on 'Catch up My 5' !
The Starlight Foundation are a very special charity who brightens the lives of terminally ill children by granting them their wishes! The charity also provide fun and entertainment to every childrens ward and hospice throughout the UK.
How cute are these little creatures?! Meet our new Dumbo rats - Diamond and Sapphire! They are only a few weeks old and love lots of fuss! They can often be found sitting on Belmont Staff' Abbey and James' shoulders when they are working around the farm, if you see them be sure to say hello!
We are open every day over half term from 9.00am - 6.00pm with lots to look forward to when you visit us!
We have hourly tractor rides, sheep walking, petting sessions and lots of new arrivals to meet at the farm this half term!
Our petting sessions will be held with our gorgeous bunnies and guinea pigs along with some new faces such as the newly hatched chicks and fuzzy ducklings. Come and join in our **FREE** petting sessions everyday at 10.30am, 12.30pm,1.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm.
Come and see our lambs being fed with the bottle before they get too big! Lilly, Billy and their friends are fed by bottle everyday at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.00pm. Come and watch them being fed then give them a big cuddle after!
Embrace the beauty of the rare London countryside on our hourly tractor ride (first at 10.00am, last at 4.00pm) and watch our animals peacefully graze in their fields!
Take the oppertunity this half term to come and meet the new faces at the farm! As well as new members of staff, we have some new animals around the farm too! We are proud to introduce our new Eurasion eagle owl - 'Claude', our cute newly hatched fuzzy ducklings and soft chicks!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THIS HALF TERM!
Good news! We are open throughout Easter including bank holidays, and have lots of new arrivals for you to meet including baby chicks and ducklings, new born lambs (who are bottle fed at 11:30 and 2:30 every day!), bunnies and guinea pigs in our petting sessions, and of course tractor rides around our beautiful valley. Whilst you are here, don't forget to visit our Waffle Cafe and try our home made waffles and our latest edition of locally produced Beechdean Jersey ice cream!
We are also holding an Easter egg hunt here at the farm on Sunday the 27th of March! It will be running all day and is free of charge! Ask at reception as you arrive to get started!
Come and see our NEW ARRIVALS! We have started lambing here at the farm and James our shepherd has been very busy keeping an eye on our early Lambing flock of Kerry Hill sheep! Come and see them in the show area every day!
PLEASE BE AWARE: We have switched to our WINTER CLOSING TIMES now, so the farm is open from 9-5. The last entry is at 3:45pm, but please note that some of our bigger animals need to be put to bed in the fields, so may be taken down at 3:30pm to avoid walking in the valley in the dark. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but encourage you to go and say hello to them first whilst you are visiting us!
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