Deen is London’s oldest city farm and the riding school here has been nurturing young equestrians for almost 35 years. This half-term kids can learn to ride and find out what it’s like to own a pony for the day too. From the dirty job of mucking out to fun stuff like feeding and grooming, it’s the real thing. So expect one of two results: kids will love ponies more than ever or decide they’re too much like hard work and opt for a goldfish.
If horses aren’t a passion, kids can be half-term Young Farmers for the Day instead – plenty of animals involved, just slightly smaller and quite a bit cuddlier. Places for both experiences are limited, so book ahead. And don’t forget to check wellies still fit after summer, mini-grooms and farmhands will definitely need those.
When: Available 25, 26, 27 and 28 October 10am-4pm.
Where: Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey, London SW19 2RR, 20 minutes walk from Colliers Wood or South Wimbledon tube station on the Northern Line
Price: £35 for the day.