Hoo Farm is a real children's paradise where there is always something happening. A clean, friendly farm that appeals to all ages and offers close contact with a wide variety of animals from fluffy chicks and lambs to foxes, llamas, deer and ostriches. A daily programme of events encourages audience participation in the form of bottle-feeding lambs, pig feeding, ferret racing and collecting freshly-laid eggs. The Craft Area offers the chance to try your hand at candle dipping, glass or pottery painting or even throwing a pot on the potters wheel. There are junior quad bikes and a rifle range, pony rides, powered mini-tractors as well as indoor and outdoor play areas and a games room. Please telephone for details of special events throughout the year.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 12 Mar-11 Sep, daily 10-5.30; 12 Sep-21 Oct, Tue-Sun, 10-5; 22-31 Oct & 3-24 Dec, daily 10-5; Nov, Tue-Sun 10-4
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About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
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