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Visit Wellgate Community Farm

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Wellgate Community Farm is a small city-farm established in 1982 in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

About this Event

Come to visit our collection of farm and small furry animals, see our market garden, wildlife area, and enjoy a picnic. Visits to Wellgate are FREE but booking is essential. Please read all the information below before booking.


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Free Ticket Eligibility

Tickets are free but availability is strictly limited.

Family Tickets will be issued for a 2 hour timeslot for a Morning (10am-12pm) or Afternoon (1pm-3pm) session.

A Family Ticket is for one family who live together or share caring responsibility. Visitors are welcome to coordinate their visit with other families. Both families require a ticket for the same session and must be booked separately - even if you are part of the same 'bubble' in other contexts.

If you have questions about eligibility then contact our office by email on info@wellgatefarm.org.


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Visiting Wellgate Farm

Before you visit, check out the directions on our website at https://wellgatefarm.org and remember to bring/wear appropriate footwear.

On arrival, please wash your hands with soap and water at the sinks for 20 seconds and dry your hands using the paper towel provided. Hand sanitiser is not sufficient and should only be used where soap and water is not available.

Ring the bell and wait to be checked-in, we will check your details against your booking. If you have the test & trace app, please scan the QR code. If you'd like to buy some food for the animals or make a donation then let them know.

You can now follow the directions provided for your tour of the main yard, maintaining a minimum 2m distance from our staff/volunteers/students and from other visitors. Please be aware of narrow pinch-points. This is a circular route, and you can go around multiple times if you like.


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The person who makes the booking is responsible for ensuring that everyone in their party understand and comply with our farm rules:-

  • Walk on the farm, save running and playing for the picnic area
  • Be quiet and gentle around the animals
  • Do not climb on fences or put anything through the fence
  • Only feed our animals the food we supply
  • Have your food / drinks in the picnic area
  • Leave your pets at home, working assistance dogs are welcome
  • Only enter a pen if invited by one of our team
  • Listen to any instructions from our team
  • Pregnant women should not touch sheep or goats

Wash your hands when you leave the main yard area at the sinks where you came in, especially before you eat or drink anything. Farm animals can harbour bacteria and viruses which are not killed by hand sanitiser.

You're now free to explore the market garden, picnic area, nature area, and can access our toilets and the 'top field' area where we have a new viewing platform.


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Facilities

The only indoor facilities available to visitors are the toilets located at the top of the farm - so please ensure you're dressed appropriately for being on a farm and for the conditions.

Our shop is currently closed, but our staff / volunteers can supply eggs, meat, and compost for you - check out https://shop.wellgatefarm.org for a list of what's available.

The picnic area is available before/after your visit. Drinks and snacks are not available from the shop but you are welcome to bring your own food/drinks to enjoy in the picnic area.


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What do we have?

As of April 2021 we have a selection of domestic and farm animals including chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, sheep, ponies, a cat, rabbits and guinea pigs.

We have a market garden which grows a range of seasonal fruit and veg.

A pond and nature area, look out for newts in the summer!


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We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you've visited us or would just like to support us, we have an Amazon Wishlist, we are supported by the Barking & Dagenham Lottery, or you can make a donation or a regular gift online at https://wellgatefarm.org/donate

Wellgate Community Farm is a registered charity (no. 1091729) and a limited company (no. 04370324)


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