Last Sunday was a beautiful day. I knew I didn’t want to be stuck around the house doing nothing. It took us a few hours (I’m not kidding) but eventually we decided that we would visit Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran. The last time I visited the farm was 8 years ago, shortly after I passed my driving test. I took Boyo to see Father Christmas there.
It was our first outing as the 6 of us. It was the first time I truly felt happy about going out. It had a lot to prove to me.
Greenmeadow Community Farm has been a working farm for over 250 years and has been the farm as it is today since it was saved from development by a group of locals in the 80’s. They run daily activities, including Cuddle Corner and milking demonstrations, plus extras during school holidays.
Animals are a big hit with Princess Pants and Comma… Boyo can take them or leave them. In fact, I think he would have enjoyed picking the fluff from between his toes more than being around smelly animals. However, in the name of family time he succumbed and put up with it.
Princess Pants thoroughly enjoyed cuddle corner and having the opportunity to cuddle a rabbit and a guinea pig. Both were quite happy and content sitting on PP’s lap and letting her stroke them.
We did enjoy walking around and feeding the barn animals. They included a sow with her 10 piglets, another due any day, goats, sheep and Laura the Highland cow who was also due to give birth. PP was in awe at the piglets feeding and enjoyed getting up close and personal with the animals.
The farm has grown since I last visited, with an extension including the Shetland Ponies and other animals.
A big highlight of the farm is the dragon. The dragon was originally at the Garden Festival in Ebbw Vale during the summer of 1992. After the Garden Festival finished it was relocated to Greenmeadow Community Farm. It has always been a huge attraction, particularly before they closed off the area where he vomits water…
There is plenty to do on the farm that doesn’t include the animals. A lovely little park, surrounded by picnic areas and lovely green views. Their Café Cwtch is lovely too (and now you get free access to it without having to go around the farm).
Currently the cost of entry is £4.65 for concessions (children under 2 are free), £5.75 for adults and £20 for a family ticket including 2 adults and 3 children.
It is a reasonably priced activity and suitable for most weather conditions (although I would recommend wearing wellies in wetter weather) and gives the whole family the opportunity to interact with plenty of different animals.