During the school holidays you need a few ideas up your sleeve and here’s a fabulous outdoor option for a sunny – or at least dry – day.
One of the perks of living in Barnet so close to the Green Belt is that we’re minutes away from treats like 300-acre Fold Farm and the delicious ice cream made with milk from their dairy herd. The owners, the Lewis family (Lewis of London), now have an ice cream “parlour” and shop open to the public with an outdoor play area. There are hay bales, a tractor, sand-pit and various animals including bunnies and a very cute calf called Wafer – so plenty to keep younger kids amused.
On our visit the ten-year-old was feeling a bit grown up for most of this, so we sat and indulged ourselves. My double espresso with salted caramel ice cream hit the spot wonderfully and A loved her cinnamon ice cream. In the spring sunshine it was idyllic – a perfect local spot to make the most of good weather and don’t forget to stock up while you’re there.
Spring opening times
Monday to Sunday: 10am–5pm
Please note it will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday
Special events for April
Pony rides – 8th, 15th and 17th
Animal petting – 14th, 15th and 17th
Easter egg hunt – 14th, 15th and 17th
Directions from Barnet
Head out of Barnet towards the A1 on Wood Street. At the Arkley pub turn right (behind the pub) into Galley Lane and once past all the houses, the farm is on the right hand side.
Directions from Trotters Bottom/A1
Head along Galley Lane past Valantines Farm then past Fold Farm and the entrance is 300m further along on the left.
Use EN5 4AL, then look for the ice cream flag.