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10 things you need to know about the secret farm in Manchester everyone is talking about

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Did you hear about the secret farm? The Garden House is a community project based in Marple, just outside of Stockport. It hasn’t been open for very long, but hundreds of families across Greater Manchester and the North West have been heading there for a fun family day out. If you haven’t been yet, here are 10 things you need to know.

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1: It’s free – but take money

Entry to the community farm is completely free. However, you’ll still want to take some money. The project is made possible thanks to donations from the public. So make sure you have some cash on you to leave in the collection buckets, which are dotted around the site.

The Garden House is a secret farm in Marple, Greater Manchester, and a really fun family day out. Here's everything you need to know before going.

2: There’s parking on site – but you can also get the train there

There’s a free car park on site, which you can access via Lakes Roads. Be careful driving down this road – there are a lot of potholes! On weekends and sunny days, the car park fills up quickly. It’s not advisable to park on Lakes Road, but there are residential roads around the area where you can park easily before walking down. Alternatively, the farm is only a ten minute walk from Marple station if you want to get the train. It’s a bit of a steep hill down Lakes Road to the Garden House, so it’s very good exercise going back up!

The address for the Garden House is: The Garden House, Lakes Road, Marple, Stockport, SK6 7DH.

3: Arrive by 10.30am if you want to help feed the animals

If your children would like to help feed the animals, it’s a good idea to get there as early as possible. The staff at the secret farm in Marple usually feed the animals around 10.30am or shortly after, and are happy for visitors to give them a helping hand.

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4: You can get up close and personal

Throughout the year, the Garden House offers various opportunities to get close up to the animals. For example, at Easter children could pet the lambs and at the moment they are letting visitors cuddle the piglets. You can check the Facebook group for updates on what activities they are currently offering.

Find out where you can pet lambs and cuddle piglets in Greater Manchester here. Such a fun family day out for children and families.

5: You can party there

The Garden House in Marple has just started to offer birthday party packages – a great alternative to soft play and bouncy castles.

The Garden House in Marple, Greater Manchester is a fun family day out. Here are 10 things you need to know before you go.

6: They do great bacon butties

As well as taking money to make a donation, you’ll also want some cash to sample the refreshments at the café. The café sells hot and cold drinks, great bacon butties, sandwiches, crisps, cakes and fruit. It’s all really good value and yummy! Visitors can also buy fresh eggs to take home.

The cafe at the Garden House in Marple, Greater Manchester. Find out more about this community farm project that is great fun for families.

7: It’s not just animals

There are lots of animals at the Garden House, including alpacas, goats, chickens, pigs, horses and sheep. Children might also be able to hunt out some creepy crawlies in the handmade bug house. Additionally, there’s a great choice of outdoor play equipment and toys for the children to play on. There are swings, sandpits, slides, climbing frames, ride on toys and lots more. It’s all kept clean and in good condition and perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and younger children.

Outdoor play equipment at the community farm in Marple. Find out more about the Garden House - the best secret farm in Greater Manchester

Lots of outdoor toys and play equipment at the secret farm in Greater Manchester. Do you know where this fun family day out is?

8: It’s a great base to explore the surrounding area

From the farm you can walk along the river to go into Marple or to the Roman Lakes. While the Garden House itself is pram and buggy friendly, you may struggle with wheels on the walk by the river. If it’s been raining, it can get quite muddy on and around the Garden House so make sure you take wellies.

The Garden House in Marple is a good base to explore the Roman Lakes and surrounding area. Find out more about this fun family day out in Greater Manchester here.

9: It’s open all year round

The Garden House is open seven days a week, throughout the year, from 10am to 4pm.

10: It’s going to get bigger and better

The generous donations from the public are being invested back into the community project. Already the farm has been able to buy a new kitchen, install toilets and buy equipment for the animals. There are plans to build an educational centre around some of the remains of one of the old buildings on the site, which looks really exciting from the plans.

Outdoor fun for all the family at the secret farm in Manchester.

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