Vauxhall City Farm was started in 1976 and registered as a charity in 1977, by local people who wanted to create a community space.
Between 1972 and 1976 large-scale demolition of buildings was taking place in the area and local residents protested by setting up the North Lambeth Neighbourhood Council (NLNC). The NLNC encouraged people to take responsibility for their area and community and youth projects began springing up on unused land in and around Vauxhall.
By 1976, a group of architects were squatting at St Oswald’s Place and began working on a small vacant plot. Jubilee City Farm (as it was then known) was born! It was a collaborative project with local residents growing vegetables, providing for themselves and caring for livestock.
In 1977 Vauxhall City Farm registered as a charity in Lambeth.
Since then, the farm has grown but it still relies on the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers.
Today, the farm is home to an award winning family of animals, including a number of rare breeds, a riding centre, education and youth projects, a cafe and more.
Vauxhall City Farm is in central London, a short walk from Vauxhall underground, train or bus stations. The farm is at the south edge of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (formerly Spring Gardens).
From the station, go through the tunnel under the railway arches. On the other side of the tunnel, cross the road in front of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and walk between the giant black pillars and across the grass. The farm is straight ahead of you. It’s less than a 5 minute walk. Look out for Jerry the alpaca!
If you’re coming by car, there is on street parking just outside the farm but it is metered. Please note that they are inside the congestion zone. However, both parking and the congestion charge are free at weekends.
There is an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.
Vauxhall City Farm does not charge for entry but appreciates donations to support the farm and the work that they do for the local community.
Group visits of 10 or more people (including nursery, school and college groups and other organisations) are the exception for this and ask that you book in advance.
There is a designated area to park your stroller or buggy while you visit the farm and cafe. This keeps the farm paths clear, allowing yourself and other visitors to move through the farm easily. Staff ask that especially all double and triple buggies are parked in the buggy park, to ensure pathways are kept accessible to all visitors.
When you arrive, use the entrance near the duck pond. The designated area is signposted to the left of the cafe building.
The Old Dairy cafe re-opened on the 1st of March 2017. It is open the same times as the farm, as well as for lunch on Mondays! All the profits from the cafe go towards the running of the farm and to look after our wonderful animals. It’s run by a small team of staff who are supported by volunteers, just like the rest of the farm.
Please do not bring food or drink onto the farm or the cafe.
Remember to wash your hands between visiting the farm and using the cafe.
Although the staff and volunteers strive to keep the farm as safe as possible for its visitors, there are a few things that you can do to help. Following these simple rules below will keep you and your children safe from E coli and other infections that may be found on open farms.
Some infections can be passed from sheep and goats to humans. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, it could harm her and her unborn baby’s health.
If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, avoid contact with sheep during the lambing season, which runs from January to April. Make sure your family wash their hands thoroughly before touching you.
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