As the half term is now over, but another one is fast approaching, I thought I would share what activities I found local to us in South Manchester that is free for children! The half terms can be extremely expensive and we remain in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Anything related to keeping children entertained carries an insane cost and there are only so many afternoons playing in the garden before they get fed up and need a change of scenery.

Now I knew of Wythenshawe park from when we used to go on long walks around there and I was aware there was a farm there, but I had no idea it was a community farm that they opened up to the public! So recently we toddled off to check out the play park and also the farm. 

The farm is situated at the beginning of the park just past the riding school and is well sign posted. The first animals we came across were the pigs in their own little living areas. The pigs had piglets, which were very sweet. Then we moved onto the cows. There was a little calf that had recently been born and was very cute. After you have looked around the first part of the farm you head around to the farm shop, which usually has plants available outside and freshly grown produce and meat inside. 

You then walk through the side gate and head to the garden area where there are free roaming goats and sheet. 

We spent around 40 minutes walking through and feeding the animals. They have ducks, chickens and even a turkey in the pens! Then there is the sheep and goat pen. All the animals were very friendly and coming up to the children on the hunt for food. 

After we had finished walking around the farm itself we headed to the tea room situated next door. We had the most incredible home made Easter treats and a cup of coffee outside. You can get a variety of home cooked meals, sandwiches and paninis there as well so it is the perfect lunch spot. You can also bring your own and sit on one of the many benches and outside areas dotted around the park. 

After we had refuelled we headed over to the play park which has something for children of all ages. It was a little bit busy and crowded when we went so we didn't stay too long there. We then headed towards the gardens at Wythenshawe Hall and admired the work that had gone into making such a beautiful garden. 

We spent around three hours here in total and if we would have taken packed lunches with us our total spend would have been £0. There is lots of park space for running around or playing games and ample parking available, on top of the great activities I mentioned above. This is certainly a must do free activity for the next half term! 

Keep an eye on our social media channels and this blog as I will be sharing more of my free / low cost finds for you all as we prepare for the Easter holidays and the Summer holidays (those will be here before we know it!). 

Until Next Time

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