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A hidden gem for the summer holidays - Foxburrows Farm in Hainault

PUBLISHED: 17:53 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:53 10 August 2017

Donkey rides at Foxburrows Farm, Hainault Forest Country Park Eleanor Brant, age9 and Mary Brant, age11 with Craig Wilson.

Donkey rides at Foxburrows Farm, Hainault Forest Country Park Eleanor Brant, age9 and Mary Brant, age11 with Craig Wilson.

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Set within the bounds of the Green Flag status Hainault Country Park, Foxburrows Farm and Zoo offers Redbridge residents a chance to come face to face with a whole load of animals, from peacocks and goats to pigs and alpacas.

The farm’s collection of exotic birds, which include a large variety of owls, crested parakeets and other brightly coloured exotic flyers, is also another huge draw that will keep youngsters entertained the whole day through.

But when it comes to Foxburrows Farm, it’s the meerkats that steal the show.

Originally native to Southern Africa, the farm’s group of Suricata suricatta, to give them their Latin name, can frequently be seen playing lightheartedly with one another throughout the long summer afternoons.

Open seven days a week all year round, in the summer months the farm is open until 5pm – all residents have to do is check the farm’s noticeboard upon arrival to find out which animals are on display each day.

But don’t worry, if your summer schedule is jam-packed already, Foxburrows Farm is also open until 3pm in the winter months.

And to top it all off, the entire place is free to visit.

The entire park was recently the beneficiary of £4.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, so there really is no better time to go and visit Foxburrows.

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