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Acorn Farm

Depot Road, Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside, L33 3AR

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About this venue

Acorn Farm is a visitor attraction offering a fun and educational day out. The farm park offers lots of animals to see and feed, two fantastic play areas, small animal petting and horse rides during weekends and school holidays, a café serving delicious home-cooked specials and desserts, a farm shop selling toys and gifts, refreshments and free-range home produced meat, eggs and goats milk ice cream and a plant sales area.

Access Guide

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Kirkby.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the shop and cafe building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The Blue Badge bays are not individually marked but are clearly signposted.
    • The surface of the main car park is uneven.
    • There is an overflow car park open during the summer months (photographs 7 and 8).
    • The overflow car park is located on Depot Road, approx 50m to the right beyond the main car park entrance.

Outside Access (Summer Entrance (April to October))

  • This information is for the entrance located in the car park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 302cm (9ft 11in).

Outside Access (Winter Entrance (November to March))

  • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the shop and cafe.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 182cm (5ft 12in).

Level Change (Winter Entrance (November to March))

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of and immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.

Reception (Admissions Kiosk)

  • The desk/counter is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the summer entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The admissions kiosk is open at the weekends from Easter, and throughout the summer holidays.
    • Admissions are paid in the shop at all other times.
    • There is a payment window which is external.

Acorn Farm

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Some of the animal pens have high walls, however, they do have gates which allow wheelchair users to view the animals.
  • Most of the animal pens have wire fencing so that animals are visible to all visitors.

Hand Washing Area

  • There is a hand washing area on the right as you enter the farm area.
  • The hand washing area is 16m from the summer entrance.
  • The height of the sink is 73cm (2ft 4in).
  • There are 3 sets of separate push operated hot and cold taps.
  • There are towel dispensers.
  • The height of the tower dispensers is 116cm (3ft 8in).
  • There are soap dispensers.
  • The height of the soap dispensers is 87cm (2ft 9in).
  • There is a moderate ramp in front of the hand washing area.

Picnic Area

  • The picnic area is located to the left as you enter the entrance.
  • There are picnic tables and benches.
  • The nearest table is 6m from the summer entrance.
  • The benches are fixed.
  • The height of the benches is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to sit at the tables.

Children's Play Area

  • The children's play area is located behind the kiosk, approximately 32m from the summer entrance.
  • There is a gate giving access to the children's play area, a seating area, and chicken coops.
  • The clear opening width is 210cm (6ft 9in).
  • The gate opens away from you (push).
  • The gate is permanently held open.
  • There is a second entrance opening giving access to the children's play area.
  • The clear opening width is 186cm (6ft 1in).
  • The pathway is concrete tiles.
  • The play equipment is surrounded by bark.
  • There is a moderate ramp to access the play area.
  • There is 1 medium height step to access the play area.
  • The ramp does not overcome the step.
  • Bench seating is available.
  • Some of the bench seating has armrests.

Eco Sensory Garden

  • The Eco Sensory Garden is located to the rear left of the farm as you enter the summer entrance.
  • The garden is approx 80m from the summer entrance.
  • There is a gateway leading to the garden.
  • There are no doors.
  • The clear opening width is 187cm (6ft 1in).
  • There is an easy ramp in the entrance way.
  • There is a Babel Drum in the garden (photograph 6).
  • The Babel Drum is a tactile and interactive instrument.
  • The height of the Babel Drum is 83cm (2ft 7in).
  • There are wooden sculptures in the garden.
  • There is bench seating in the garden.
  • The paths are gravel.

Accessible Toilet

  • The accessible toilet is located in the Oak Tree Cafe.
  • Please see the Oak Tree Cafe access guide for details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The standard toilets are located in the Oak Tree Cafe.
  • Please see Oak Tree Cafe access guide for details.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.