I am really pleased about being able to visit my Mum on the Wirral again. The other week we headed out for lunch and she treated me to a visit to Forget Me Not Care Farm. I remembered that you’re never too old for a petting zoo! I had a whale of a time.
Forget Me Not Care Farm
You’d be forgiven for not realising that this little gem of a place even exists. It is hidden, behind Carr Farm Garden Centre. I only discovered it when my Mum told me about it and we decided to visit after our lunch at the garden centre.
Forget Me Not Care Farm is not your average petting zoo though. It is a charity set up to provide supported and supervised work for adults with disabilities as an alternative to daycare.
Arriving at the little hut just outside the back of the garden centre, you’re greeted by the friendly staff. With an admission fee of £1 per adult, you have plenty of spare cash to fill your pockets with tubs of animal feed. They have some for the birds and some for the sheep. As the true animal feeding nutters that we are bought some of each. (although, in hindsight, I think we should have bought twice as much – so take note for your trip!)
Easy to navigate
Once you have paid for your entry and food, passed by the little shop (which is worth a mooch afterwards – I bought a minute rubber duck for my kittens from here) you follow the path through the farm. The walkway is covered with some bark chippings, which makes sure you’re not wading through mud and is solid enough to wheel on. My sister (who uses a wheelchair) and my Mum have no trouble getting around.
There are some pretty impressive cockerels on the farm, all of them filled to the brim with fun personalities. Not only is it fun to feed them, but watching them is entertainment in itself – they fall over each other while running around!
My favourites on the farm had to be the cheeky rams. Jostling each other to get to the food and running alongside the fence to keep up with me while I wandered through. (If you have ever seen any of my old vlogs where I meet animals, you might be familiar with my shrieking of utter joy!)
Good sense of humour!
As well as the animals having a good sense of humour and brimming with personality, the team running the farm too. I had to giggle at the sign for keeping people from sitting on the fence.
Not all of the animals can be fed through. The Pygmy goats are not on the list for feed – apparently, it doesn’t agree with them. They are fun to watch though and you’ll have to do your best not to feel too sorry for them when they come over expecting a snack (I am assured they get plenty of their own treats from the team!)
Despite the goats not being able to nibble at your hands for food, you have plenty of opportunities to pat them and get a nibble without food!
I can honestly say that for a small petting farm, there is so much fun to be had. The money goes towards the funning of the farm and supporting the service users, which makes it all the better for a visit.
And then there’s feeding the animals! If you’re anything like me, then you will love getting up close with these critters and having some fun with them. If you’re looking for something different to do on the Wirral, then I highly recommend a visit to Forget Me Not Care Farm and Carr Farm cafe if you’re up for something to eat and drink.
No matter what your age, you’re never too old for a petting farm!