In the heart of the Steel City you’ll be surprised to find a relaxing slice of the countryside - at Heeley City Farm.
Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, the farm is a fantastic for families looking for a fun destination with a wholesome ethos.
You can see an array of animals at the farm from traditional favourites like pigs, sheep and cows to Jolly and Julip the two Shetland Ponies, Pygmy Goats, Peahens and Silver Pheasants.
And if you’re feeling brave you could visit the Small Animal house located near the Stable Yard, where you’ll come face-to-face with not just rabbits, chipmunks and guinea pigs - but also tarantulas, snakes, lizards and Arthur, the farm’s Giant African Land Snail.
Based around a wind and sun powered mini farm, Heeley Farm maintains a much-needed green space in inner suburban Sheffield with recycling, healthy living facilities, a garden centre, cafe, and charity shop.
But in addition to its attractions, the farm is committed to supporting those most in need in its community using enterprising methods.
It was founded in 1981 on land where the Sheffield South Relief road – a scheme which blighted the lives of hundreds of local residents for 30 years— was to be built.
Construction never started and the land was put to new use.
Now three decades on, the community-based farm provides environmental, health, food and farming education to 5,000 schoolchildren each year – as well as its visitors.
It aims to use the farm environment to engage and train people who use the site in life skills.
Day care and training for up to 50 adults with learning difficulties is provided along with vocational training in horticulture for up to 100 unemployed adults, youth activities for up to 2,000 young people (including young people not attending school) and support for over 200 regular volunteers.