History of the Farm:
Back in 1985, the idea of a city farm was created by a group of 30 city residents who had taken on the managment of the overgrown allotments that was once stood on site.
After consultation with the local authority, advice and support from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, the site was officially signed over to the newly formed Friends of Leicester City Farm on Boxing Day 1985.
On 12th October 1990, Gorse Hill City Farm became a registered charity dedicated to providing and educational and recreational facility for visitors.
£3.00 PER ADULT
£1.50 per child (16 and under)
Under 2’s: Free of charge
Gorse Hill City Farm is unfortunately losing council funding…
To ensure we are able to continue to provide this educational facility and experience, we will be implementing an admission charge payable at the Kiosk or in the Farmers Hut café .
All visitors will receive an admission wrist band.
We thank you for your continued support and for ensuring the future of the farm.
Please remember you can support us by donation , becoming a member or adopting an animal .
Our opening times are as follows:
April to October: 10.00am – 4.30pm
November to March: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Our farm provides a wide range of facilities for visitors, meaning that there really is something for everyone to enjoy – no matter what your age, or why you have chosen to visit us.
Our entire farm is wheelchair accessible, so nobody needs to be left out, and everyone is able to enjoy every part of the day. There is parking available at the top of the road if you wish to visit by car.
How to find us:
We are based next door to the English Martyrs Catholic School on Anstey Lane, and there is some parking available at the top of the road.
Alternatively, you can get the number 74 bus from Charles Street, which will allow you to disembark right at the bottom of our drive, giving you easy and convenient access to the farm.
Why not treat your little ones to a toy or souvenir to remember your great day out.
Our gift shop is located in the Farmer’s Hut Café.
Large animal paddocks
This is where our cows, sheep, goats, donkeys and ponies live. These paddocks are often popular with our younger audience who enjoy watching the animals living happily in a beautiful, natural environment.
Toilets & handwashing
Hygiene is important for both our visitors and animals, so we encourage you to use these facilities regularly. There is disabled access for both the toilets and handwashing, so everyone is catered for.
This area is home to our rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, fish and rats. This is great for small children who want to try handling an animal – perhaps for the first time during one of our ‘Meet the small animals’ sessions – and is a place where lasting memories can be made.
Wildlife garden and pond
There is lots of wildlife to be seen here, and children will have plenty of fun trying to spot and identify all of the different breeds that can be seen. We also offer activities such as pond dipping and mini beast hunts as part of our education programme.
If you are here on a planned educational visit, then you can make the most of the education room. The education room is typical classroom sized and comfortably holds a class of children for activities when the weather is poor. This room can also be hired for meetings and parties at a cost of £10 per hour.
We also have an Outside classroom which is ideal for the spring and summer months. This space is set back from the main farm path and is secluded. A brilliant area for learning outside the classroom!
It’s always good to let the little ones let off some steam while you relax, and there is no better place for this than our play area. You can also make the most of the picnic benches and bring your own food.
Gorse Hill City Farm
Phone: 0116 2537582
Registered Charity Number:1000575
Private Ltd Co: 2544208
April to October: 10.00am - 4.30pm
November to March: 10.00am - 4.00pm
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