Forty Hall Park & Estate

This afternoon we finally managed to get Archie a helmet that fits so he can get out and about properly on his scooter. We got him an Ozbozz scooter with the aim that it would grow with him as his confidence increased, we still have 4 wheels on but can have 3 and then 2 wheels. The added benefit that it folds down and locks meant it would take up as little space as possible in a house already taken over by toys!

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Forty Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House that is used as a museum by the borough of Enfield to tell the story of the house and its estate throughout the ages. Within the grounds is the site of the former Tudor Elsyng Palace (also known as Enfield House).
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Unfortunately Forty Hall Farm was closed today, however it is normally open at the weekends from 11am-4pm at an entry cost of £2 per adult and free for kids. It is an organic farm within the Forty Hall estate and run by Capel Manor College. The aim of the farm is to become a centre of excellence that demonstrates and promotes sustainable food production. It is a mixed farm with a variety of animals, including many rare breeds. It is also home to London’s only vineyard and the new orchard.

We popped into the new Forty Hall Farm Shop which sells locally grown produce. It is open Wednesday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11am-4pm. Today they had wild bird seed at £1 a bag to feed the Forty Hall ducks and geese, tomato and strawberry plants and home grown spring onions.
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Scooter at Forty Hall
Keep an eye out for upcoming events and exhibitions, with four major seasonal events a year plus many tours, talks, concerts and music festivals there is plenty to do for all the family. If you go now there are some duckling and goslings to be spotted!

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The next big event is The Forty Hall Big Sunday, which is delivered as part of Open Farm Sunday (a national initiative to open up farms across the UK) and as part of The Big Lunch, a simple idea from the Eden Project that aims to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Hope to see you some of you there!

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