Visting Surrounding Areas – Standalone Farm, Letchworth5 min read

Are you looking to explore different parts of Hertfordshire’s countryside? Standalone Farm in Letchworth is nestled in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside offering a delightful escape for families and nature enthusiasts. This charming farm is part of the historic First Garden City and is just up the A1, 22 minutes from Cawdor Stone Gallery HQ in Woolmer Green. Standalone Farm embodies a unique blend of urban and rural life that Letchworth is renowned for.

Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the kids, an educational experience, or simply a serene spot to reconnect with nature, Standalone Farm taps into all areas and has something for everyone.

Standalone Farm is Rich in History

Letchworth Garden City, founded in the early 20th century, was designed to combine the best aspects of city and country living. Standalone Farm has a rich history and its roots trace back to the early development of the Garden City and medieval times.

  • By the 17th, Standalone Farm was part of a flourishing farming community, alongside Manor Farm, Norton Grange Farm, Paynes Farm and Nortonbury. The villages of Letchworth, Norton and Willian were connected by tracks, fields and common land.
  • The existing farmhouse dates back to the 17th century and is Grade II listed.
  • During the 18th and 19th centuries, additional work was carried out, creating different extensions and this is where Farmer Andrew lives today!
  • In 1796 the rector of Norton, Robert Cleere Haselfoot, was granted the farm. By the early 19th century it was sold to the Pryor family, who ran Standalone for about 70 years.
  • During the year 1903, the Pryor family sold the farm to First Garden City Ltd, as part of the 5,500-acre estate on which Letchworth Garden City was built.
  • Ebenezer Howard was the man who came up with the idea of creating a garden city after seeing people living in very poor conditions in England’s major cities during the late Victorian period.
  • His vision was to create lots of green open spaces around the town, making health and well-being an important part of life.
  • In 1980, Letchworth Garden City Corporation transformed the farm into a visitor attraction for families and schools.
  • Over the last 40 years, Standalone has won a special place in the hearts of those who have visited it.
  • It’s a working farm for all to experience, and they continue to develop exciting things for the future.

Today, it stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of Letchworth’s unique blend of urban planning and green space.

The Place to Go as a Family

Standalone Farm is a family-friendly experience and is renowned for that. Children can enjoy hands-on experiences with a variety of farm animals, from feeding the goats to petting the rabbits.

Being an easily navigable farm, there’s plenty of open space for kids to run around and explore safely.

The interactive animal displays are both fun and educational, teaching children about farm life and the importance of animal care. Throughout the year, you can experience events such as lambing season and harvest festivals.

Connect with Nature

Unwind and reconnect with nature at Standalone Farm. It’s the ideal place for those seeking a peaceful retreat for the day. The farm’s beautifully maintained grounds are perfect for a stroll, and the surrounding countryside offers picturesque views for photography enthusiasts.

Relax and enjoy a selection of homemade treats at the charming cafe. The emphasis on locally sourced ingredients ensures that the food it fresh and delicious, adding to the overall experience of a day spent at the farm.

Education Trips

With a strong emphasis on education, a range of programs and worktops are offered to schools and community groups. These educational initiatives cover various aspects of farming, sustainability, and wildlife conservation. The farm is full of knowledgeable staff who are passionate about sharing their expertise and fostering a greater understanding of the natural world.

The farm’s commitment to education helps to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Seasonal Highlights

Standalone Farm draws visitors from near and far all through the year thanks to its variety of seasonal events. Springtime brings the joy of new life with lambs, chicks, and other baby animals. Summer is perfect for picnics and outdoor play, while autumn offers the charm of harvest festivals and Halloween. Even in winter, the farm’s festive events and cosy atmosphere make it the place to be.

Supporting the Community

It’s more than just a visitor attraction; it is a vital part of the Letchworth community. The farm supports local businesses by showcasing and selling regional produce in its farm shop. Additionally, it provides volunteer opportunities for those looking to get involved and give back to the community.

By visiting, you are not only enjoying a fantastic day out but also supporting a valuable community resource that contributes to the local heritage and promotion of sustainable living practices.

Planning Your Visit

Located just a short drive from Letchworth’s town centre, Standalone Farm is easily accessible by car and public transport. There’s ample parking and clear signage that helps to make it simpler to find. The farm is open year-round, with seasonal variations in opening hours and activities. Check out their website for the latest information before planning your visit.

Standalone Farm Website


Standalone Farm in Letchworth offers a perfect blend of education, relaxation, and family fun. Its rich history, beautiful setting and commitment to community make it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the charm of rural life in the heart of Hertfordshire. Create memories and enriching experiences with everyone you love!

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