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“What a fantastic place for Pre-schoolers”

Oasis Down to Earth Farm
Ranked #38 of 130 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Oasis Down to Earth Farm is a community centre with a difference: we are based on a farm in urban Southampton. As a not-for-profit charity, our mission is to provide a socially inclusive, happy experience where people of all abilities and differences are respected and valued. We aim to educate, empower and engage with our local community. We offer people the opportunity to interact with animals and the natural environment. Based on a 5 acre site our facilities include a barn, dairy, large garden to grow fruit and vegetables, pond, woodland area, wood workshop and two fully equipped community buildings suitable for a range of indoor activities. During the week we offer activities for adults with Learning Disabilities, children with special needs (SEN and NEET) and groups for people living with Dementia. At the weekend we host children's birthday parties and are open to the general public.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“What a fantastic place for Pre-schoolers”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We took a trip to the community farm today with our 3 year old and 1 year old. It was so quiet we thought it was closed; this however bode well as we were the only people outside with the animals.
It's a great little farm, you walk around a path which is suitable for buggies and get up close and personal with the chickens, hens and turkeys. Have a chat over the fence with the noisy geese. Have the sheep rush over to say hi, closely followed by the goats and the pigs.
If it has been raining I would suggest walking boots/wellies as it can be muddy if you walk off the path.
I side you can see a lot of smaller pets/reptiles/creepy crawlies.
A great place to spend an hour, £2 for adults and £1 for over 2's. Food to feed the chickens 50p a bag.

Visited December 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“Ideal for pre-schoolers”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

I visited the farm with my husband and our toddler.
It was refreshing to be able to handle so many animals - visitors have the opportunity to hold rabbits and other small animals - if you can catch them! Staff are very friendly and appear happy to spend time with visitors talking about and showing the animals. It is possible to see the whole farm in a fairly short period of time and I imagine that children of junior school age or older would be bored quite quickly.
The farm has a friendly 'rustic' feel. I was surprised not to find the place more busy on a Saturday morning.
This is a very small community farm so do not expect gift shops, cafes, play equipment or organised activities. Toilets and hand-washing facilities are available.
Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Southampton, UK
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“Perfect for toddlers, fun and cheerful”
Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

A cheerful little community / volunteer run farm in the suburbs of Southampton. Located just off Green Lane, my advice would be park in the school car park and there are signs to lead you in. We visited on a Saturday morning (check website for opening hours) and enjoyed an hour of rabbit petting, goat and chicken feeding. There is a small indoor area to buy a quick cup of tea or cola, but that's about it. Don't expect a cafe.

Well worth a visit but this is not a full day out, just for a couple of hours. Entry fee is very cheap... Go and take a look, I think you would be surprised. Best visited with an exploring toddler.

Visited August 2013
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“Small but friendly”
Reviewed 15 November 2012

Not the easiest place to find - we thought we were in the wrong location - but well worth tracking down. Only open to public at the weekend. Visited on a Saturday afternoon and despite being the only visitors we had a good time. We had a real warm welcome and a personal tour of the small farm. Also had an opportunity to feed the chickens and hold a rabbit. The farm is pretty small but perfect for us with our 6 mth old daughter. The cost is hard to beat, just £2 per adult and under 2's are free.

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