Brooks Farm

Welcome to Brooks Farm

Brooks Farm is part of Capel Manor College, London’s premier place to study land based courses including: Animal Care, Dog Grooming, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Countryside Management, Garden Design, Royal Horticultural Society Courses, Environmental Conservation, Outdoor Adventure, Saddlery and Leatherwork.

Brooks Farm is situated in Skeltons Lane Park and has been a feature of community life in Leyton for over 20 years. Along with a range of animals including sheep, donkeys, ponies, goats, rabbits and hens we offer a range of farm based learning activities for the wider community. As well as being a lovely city farm, Brooks Farm is a place to study full time and part time courses. It is also a well-equipped Outdoor Learning Centre and ideal for school groups and parties. You will need to book these activities so please contact us for availability and prices.

Otherwise, Brooks Farm is free to enter for if you simply want to walk around and enjoy the experience of visiting a farm. Please do not give the animals any food. If you want to feed the hens, ducks, sheep or goats special animal food can be purchased from three dispensers – we’ll show you how. There is interesting information and useful facts and figures about the animals and our staff and students will be on hand to answer questions you might have.

Opening Times

Brooks Farm Outdoor Learning Centre is open to visitors Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Christmas Opening Hours:
Date Opening Times
19th Dec (Mon) Closed
20th 10am – 4pm
21st 10am – 4pm
22nd 10am – 4pm
23rd 10 am – 4pm
24th 10am – 1pm
25th Christmas (Sun) Closed
26th Boxing Day (Mon) Closed
27th 10am - 1pm
28th 10am – 1pm
29th 10am – 1pm
30th 10am – 1pm
31st New Year’s Eve (Sat) 10am – 1pm
1st New Year’s Day (Sun) Closed
2nd Jan Closed as normal
3rd Jan 10am – 4pm

Getting Here


We run a café serving a variety of drinks and refreshments. There are family and children’s toilets including one with wheelchair access and nappy changing facilities. We also have various indoor and outdoor rooms and spaces for hire for meetings, workshops or functions.

The majority of the site is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Courses at Brooks Farm

Capel Manor College will increase the educational and training opportunities at Brooks Farm and ensure it remains a community asset for the public. We look forward to introducing fi rst class educational opportunities for young people and anyone interested in working with animals, the outdoors or the environment to complement and expand the excellent resources Brooks Farm already offers.

Our animal care courses will open up career opportunities in handling, supervising and caring for animals, from small domestic and exotic pets to large animals, livestock, wildlife and zoo animals.

Find out more at our Brooks Farm Advice Evenings and Open Days.


Volunteering is a great way to become involved in farm life, learn new skills and meet new people. Are you a company looking to organise a corporate volunteering day for your staff? We have a range of volunteering opportunities that your staff can undertake including one-off projects like building a children’s eco area to day-to-day task like mucking out the animals or planting vegetables or painting fences. We are sure your staff will have a great day and really get to work together as part of a team. We also have structured volunteer programmes for adults on Mondays but places are limited so you will need to register.

Support Brooks Farm

We estimate that it costs over £3,500 a week to care for the animals and donations are an essential part of keeping the farm running. If you would like to make a donation or Gift Aid to Brooks Farm then please contact us.

Contact Us

To enquire about courses, book activities, hire a room, make a donation or book a disabled parking please email us on or ring us at Capel Manor College on 08456 122 122.