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Acorn Farm is a community project which began in 1985 on 4 hectares of derelict ground on an industrial estate in Kirkby, Merseyside with just 1 rabbit, 2 gerbils and 1 employee. The farm was started as a therapy project for local people with disabilities. It has since developed into the award-winning and multifaceted charity that it is today.

Our aim is to provide a high quality and affordable environmental, leisure and educational attraction for the local community. People with learning disabilities continue to play a large role in all that we do. Acorn is a working farm as well as a visitor attraction and educational resource and many of our animals are raised for their produce, including meat and eggs, which is sold in our shop. We have a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and Day Service users, who all work together to keep the farm running smoothly. We believe that everyone has a valued social role within their community and we are proud to have individuals of different ages and abilities working together as a team in all aspects of running the farm. The farm is open 7 days per week, providing employment for 34 staff as well as Day Service placements for people with disabilities who help to run the farm during the week and volunteering opportunities for young people from the local community during the weekends. Acorn Farm is a registered charity and we try to keep our admission and other charges to a minimum to ensure that everyone is able to access our services regardless of their level of disposable income. Any surplus generated is used to improve the farm’s facilities.

Friends Of The Farm

Thank you to our wonderful supporters:

We do not offer bottle feeding activities at Acorn Farm.
Please Click Here to find out why?


Opening Times

10am – 4pm (7 days a week)
Sorry no dogs allowed [except for assistance dogs]

Oak Tree Cafe (cafe only!)


Mar – Oct:
Hot food served until 3:45pm

Nov – Feb:
Hot food served until 2:45pm


Mar – Sep:
Hot food served until 3:45pm

Oct – Feb:
Hot food served until 2:45pm

Oct/Feb half term holidays:

Hot food served until 3:45pm


We are a charity

Please help, thank you

Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence


Acorn Farm, Depot Road, Kirkby, Knowsley, L33 3AR

The X3 (stops on Woodward Road), 97A and 98A (stops on Acornfield Road) bus routes come closest to the farm; please go to for details.

Admission Prices

Adults: £4.00
Children (1-16 years old):£3.00
Under 12 months: Free of charge

Groups of 15 people or more must prebook a guided tour for which there is an additional charge. Click here to contact us.