I love visiting places that have stood the test of time. Streamvale Farm is one of these places. I went myself over 20 years ago and now I’m taking my own children to visit. Located on the outskirts of Belfast and nestled just off a country road lies an amazing day out for all the family.
Streamvale Farm is a family run business and is also a working farm as well. It has developed so much over the years and so much time and effort have been put into creating an environment that children and adults will love. There are multiple activities to suit children of all ages, plus a beautiful small walk to visit the deer and goats. On our walk we were lucky to be accompanied by the farm’s dog, the boys really enjoyed throwing sticks for him and having a pet.
Streamvale Farm Review
When you arrive your given chicken feed, so off we went to feed the chickens and see the pigs. We had so much fun watching them scamper around. We followed the path round to the duck pond, some had escaped and were walking on the path which was lovely experience getting so close. The deer enclosure is right at the top of a hill, you really wouldn’t think you were just outside a City, the view and the setting were magnificent. We then followed the stream down to see the goats, this part of the path was lovely and the added fairy doors on the trees was a beautiful added touch and made the walk even more magical.
We made our way back to the main farm attractions and popped in the little sheds which host a mouse enclosure, chickens and the best bit for me the puppies. There were 2 litters on the day of our visit some puppies were 12 weeks some 9. The children are allowed to hold them under the watch of the friendly farm staff. I had such a lovely cuddle with one and really wanted to take him home with me.
To let the children feel they are part of the entire farm experience we next went to the plastic milking cow which shows the children how it’s done. Mason and Logan had so much fun on the quad which is located beside it, it doesn’t work but it’s a great addition to let the children have a seat and pretend to drive it.
Toward the back of the yard, there are more animals, in this area, you can get very close to them. As I mentioned previously this farm is very hands-on and I think it’s why it’s really done so well. The boys had so much fun holding a baby bunny and we arrived just as feeding time had started so the boys had a turn feeding a goat with a bottle, what an amazing experience, what kid wouldn’t love this 🙂
The children can also go on a horse ride as well, helmets are provided for safety and there is also a tractor ride, these are at an additional cost but is minimal. The farm has just opened a play village this year. The children can go and visit a vet, farm shop and milking parlour, decked out in bright colors perfect for little ones. There is also an array of dressing up clothes so the children can really get in character and let their imagination run wild.
Next, we made our way to the milking Parlour as I mentioned this is a working farm so the boys got to see the cows being brought in and attached to the milking machines. We all thoroughly enjoyed this section and it’s great being able to show the children where their milk comes from.
The farm as well as being so much fun is really educational as well and the children can learn and get involved so much here, which is fantastic for little inquisitive minds. The thought that has been put into every section of the farm is fantastic. You can even hold children parties here, or take a picnic and eat it in the picnic section. Hygiene is paramount on the farm and there are multiple hand washing stations located throughout. There is also toilets for all which is extremely clean and they also included a baby changing station. If you don’t want to bring your own food there is a cafe on-site where you can get lovely homemade food which is cooked using locally sourced ingredients. They also serve icecream which is free range and made on site.
All in all, we had an amazing day out at the Farm, you could spend hours here just walking around. The farm is also open early one Sunday a month for children with disabilities. My children struggle with noises although they did ever so well on our visit. The farm wants everyone to enjoy the experience, so they open early and reduce the noises so children with sensory needs can enjoy it in small groups. For me, this is a lovely gesture by the farm and it’s been a great success to date. To book just call 02890483244.