Willowbrook farm in Oxford is one of the places we have been visiting since Ay was less than a year old. We discovered it accidentally when we ordered organic,halal meat from their online shop and were pleasantly surprised to find out on our collection what an amazingingly natural place this was. It was a godsend in lockdown and was one of our regulars (until they increased their price this year 🙁
Just to give you background, this is unlike any other farm. I love their ethos of “ethically reared and sustainably farmed”. You only need to walk around the farm to know they are committed to it. Everything is Free Range and Organic. They have an eco toilet for vistors and earthen cob house- constructed entirely of natural materials mostly drawn from the farm itself and built by them and a host of volunteers. They have wind & solar power systems as well as biomass boiler and have planted over 5,000 trees. The farm is run by the Radwan family, who happily chat to you on your visit
For your first visit, I would recommend taking a map to find the trails. As you pass the cafe, you can see lots and lots of hens on the right and an allotment area, furthermore is the farmyard area with chicks, ducks and geese, turkey, goats, occasionally a horse and loads of sheep in the next field. There is a little hill at the end, which you can not roll down (as there’s lots n lots of sheep poo), but we sometimes just sit there, enjoy the clean air, watch the sheep roaming around– surreal if you are into this kind of thing!
From here we head towards the Brook walk. now this place is easily missed but is the best bit. Its through a small gate just before the big gate of the sheep field. You walk through the woods into the children’s play area with wooden Swing, balancing logs and the best tree houses I have ever come across, which has serious fairytale vibes. There are three of them, definitely not for beginners, as even though they have tree branches intertwines to make ladders to climb, they all require some skill. The views from the top of the treehouse, with the lovely chirping of the birds and then swinging on the old fashioned swing with views across the field are just amazing! From here we go through the medieval walk, which is not buggy accessible and is rough woodland area. You can play draughts, naughts and crosses ,and 3 mans Morris on the woods floor
⭐️Visit to experience a true, natural, rustic environment. If you are looking for gloss and fashion, then this is not for you. As not many people know about this place & it is not as commercialised, so there are no huge crowds. You can enjoy you own peace and quiet. We usually have a picnic in the woods or on the grass or you can use of the picnic benches opposite the cafe
🗺 Address: Willowbrook Farm, Hampton Gay, OX5 2QQ
Its not easy to find on your first visit. As you turn towards Hampton Gay on a single road, keep going. you will come across what looks like a farm/barn on the left with houses (and some parked cars) on the right, and you may think this is it. Its not.. keep going until you see another entrance on the right
🎟 Charges apply. Please see website for more uptodate prices
📅 Open only weekends in season and have open days on Saturday (March -September) with various activities (please check website)
🚘 Free limited parking on site
🍕Cafe only open certain times and serves only organic food
🧺 Picnic allowed
🦽 Cafe and the main farm area (menagerie, picnic area and a few animal ranges) are wheelchair accessible. The rest of the farm is accessible via the roads, paths and tracks but terrain is countryside (bumpy/muddy/ uneven ).