Including River Hamble Country Park
Sat in River Hamble Country Park, Manor Farm is a great place to visit for the whole family. You will find family-friendly farm animals, soft play, and playgrounds that are great for younger kids.
Manor Farm is in Hedge End, near Southampton which is to the south of Hampshire.
The farm and the country park are run by Hampshire County Council.
Bring your wellies as this farm is great in all weathers.
The farm is fully assessable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is a slight hill after you enter through so please watch out for that.
If you are looking for more things to do near Manor Farm then have a look at:
River Hamble Country Park – There is so much to do at River Hamble Country Park. Sat right next to Manor Farm, this country park has a huge new playground which is great for all ages, walking trails through the forests, and large fields for you to play games on. Parking charges do apply.
The Best Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Hampshire – This is our full list of the best wildlife and farms in the area. Use this to find other animal-themed places to visit in Hampshire.
The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids – This is our huge guide on what to do in Southampton.
Where is Manor Farm Country Park?
Close to Hedge End and Botley, and just 7 miles away from the middle of Southampton, Manor Farm is a great place to enjoy a full family day out.
You can find Manor Farm at Pyland’s Lane, Southampton SO31 1BH.
From the M27, follow the brown signs to River Hamble Country Park, which is where Manor Farm is sat.
The road is quite thin and is about a mile long. Following this will take you to Manor Farm.
The nearest train station is Botley, which is about a 30-minute walk to Manor Farm. If you’re traveling by bus, you can use the Number 3 Bluestar or number X9 and X15 which is a Xelabus. This will take you to Botley.
Where to park for Manor Farm?
Parking is right by the farm entrance. You don’t need to pay when you arrive but, if you are not a member then you do need to pay on your way out.
How do I buy tickets for Manor Farm?
You do not need to buy tickets before you go. You can buy them on the day at the entrance. It is open all year round and also holds loads of events and activities.
They currently cost £9.50 for an adult. £8.50 for over 60s. £6.50 for kids aged 3 years to 16 years. Free entry for under 3s.
You can also buy a season ticket which includes unlimited visits to the farm throughout the year and free parking at the farm. This currently costs £70 for one person who can bring in 4 children or a family membership which is £90 for 2 adults and 4 children.
Manor Farms current opening times are:
1st March to 31st October. Open every day from 10am to 5pm.
1st November to 31st January. Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
1st February to 28th February. Open every day from 10am to 4pm.
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What to do at Manor Farm?
There is so much to do at Manor Farm. it is great for all ages of kids. It normally takes us about four to five hours to get around the farm but you could easily spend longer.
Starting at the entrance, you’ll see all the animals that you’d expect to see at a traditional farm.
You’ll start by seeing the bunnies and guinea pigs. They have their own home and green run which is a great place to watch them play.
The cattle are all around the farm. They have their own Jersey cow and Sussex cattle that is bred at the farm. You can watch them being milk and ask the farmer all the questions that you have.
Make sure that you lookout for the sheep and lambs too. You’ll see all their native sheep and lambs, and learn how the farm looks after them all year round.
You can’t miss the ducks either! They are freely walking around the farm with the geese.
To the side, you’ll find the South American Alpacas. They are really friendly and love any attention that you give them. They can spit though so watch out!
Across the other side of the farm are the pigs and the chickens. They all have purpose-built homes which are lovely to walk around and see.
We also can’t forget to mention the mountain goats which watch you while you play on the tractors or the horse barn which is home to the beautiful horses.
Soft Play Barn
The soft play barn is fun for kids aged 2 years to 11 years old.
They have loads of benches outside which are perfect for picnics. They also have a cafe inside the soft play which offers cakes, ice creams, snacks, and hot drinks.
Walking inside, they have two play areas.
One for toddlers that has climbing equipment and small slides.
The other side is the bigger area. This is huge! They have big slides, tunnels, climbing frames that go right over your head.
There are loads of places to sit and watch your kids play.
Outside, they have a small playground that has swings and a small hill and tunnel.
They have a huge selection of playgrounds for all ages.
The tractor section is right by the soft play barn. They have three huge play tractors that the kids can climb on and explore.
The grass area here is great for running around, picnics and cartwheels.
Make sure that you visit the Den Building area as this is a great place to let the children’s imaginations run wild. They have little tree trunks which are in the middle which are great for adults to relax on and watch the kids.
Farmhouse and wartime cottage
Go back in time and see what life was like in the 1400s. They have so many objects to explore including working mangles and horsehair mattresses. It gives you a real taste of what life was like.
The Wartime Cottage with its black-out windows really gives you a feel for what it was like during the First World War. They have actors regularly that come in and answer questions. They are normally doing some sort of cooking or craft and it’s a great way for the kids to really get involved.
The cottage gardens are full of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. You can walk right through it and see the working farm in action.
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Where to eat at Manor Farm?
There are loads of places to eat at Manor Farm.
They have a cafe just outside the farm entrance which serves a huge range of hot and cold food. There is seating inside.
Inside the farm they have the cafe at the Soft Play Barn. There are also benches here for you to enjoy your picnic on.
You are also free to put down a blanket on the grass areas.
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