“ Stowe-by-Chartley / nr Stafford / Staffordshire / ST18 0LA / Tel: 01889 270294. „
We had our son's 3rd birthday party here on sept 19th 2010 and although the party was enjoyed by all, the staff let us down by sitting the children down 25 minutes late to eat. This lead to them to bringing the ice-creams out whilst the children were still eating (maybe because the clock was ticking and the staff wanted to go home!) and there was a huge amount of food wasted because of this. The staff didnt ask if we were ready for dessert, they just brought it out and started serving it to the children. If they had of asked us we would have obviously said no as they were still eating. I must add at this point how lovely and fresh the food was. We also had the face painting package for our son and his friends and we were charged for children who were not with our party! After several phonecalls were not returned we visited Amerton Farm in person to discuss our concerns regarding our son's party. Our complaint has since been discussed and delt with. We are a little disappointed as we regular visiters at the Playbarn.
This lovely little place near Stone/Stafford has lots to interest people from the little nippers to the elderly. It is a small farm, having a bird sanctuary, animals that you can feed, farm shops for farm food such as bakery, butchers and farm confectionaries. Gift shops, a made jewellery shop, glass making shop, cake shope selling brilliantly done all different occasion cakes from weddings to birthdays to christenings and also sells sweets and a pottery shop where children can paint their own pot. It also has a little train for children that goes around the farm, a recent big sand pit with buckets and spades available for kids. Little rides for kids, ice cream shop and cafe.The cafe provides excellent food for the price and is set in an old barn. There are also picnic tables outside for those lovely warm days in the summer. Also a big barn at the back has been converted into a big play barn for kids that i feel is lots better for kids than the wakey ware house. It has slides ropes and bridges. A play area with soft toys, slides, and other toys for the under 4s, an area which provides different kinds of bikes and tractors for all ages to ride around two big hey stacks and two bouncy castles. For the adults over looking the kids there are picnic tables in the barn to sit and watch the kids. There is also a cafe providing little snacks for children and hot and warm snacks for adults, hot and cold drinks. Entry to the play barn is only 2.75 for each child. Adults free (wow not very often adults go free but children have to be charged)
A great place to go at all times of the year!
Amerton Farm is located on the A518 inbetween Weston and Uttoxeter in Staffordshire (though nearer Weston). Amerton has its own website and this accurately documents all of the facilities and shops available, and indeed it is something for everyone.
Calling in today to order my daughters birthday cake from their Cake & Sweet Shop, which incidently they've agreed to make as an amalgamation of two of their own previous designs (very accomodating), I noticed the arrangements that were in place for the school summer holiday.
There is a sandpit in place, two fairground rides, delicious Amerton ice-creams, rides on landrovers over the fields (extra charge), ferrett racing (certain days of the week), punch and judy shows and Isabel the steam engine. Really bringing a seaside feel to a part of England quite land locked. I'm not sure if they are doing donkey rides - but a previous year when I took my daughter they did. Visit the farm animals (pigs, ducks, cows, goats, ponies and chickens) aswell as the Rescue Wildlife Centre. There is also a toy shop.
If the weather turns (which is rare for the UK - maybe), there is an indoor playbarn actually in a barn and in one of the other out buildings you can choose a piece of pottery and paint it - there are two forms to do this a quick method whereby you can leave the pottery for an hour or so and collect it - or a second method which involves collecting the pottery on another day. If you don't live near - go for the first option.
The cake and sweet shop I have already mentioned, but there is also a tea room, bakery, farm shop, gift shops and the list goes on. I really believe it is a place for everyone to visit. It becomes hugely busy on days such as Mothers Day / Bank Hols and whilst I'm sure its tempting to visit at these key moments picking an alternate day can be preferable.
There is also the facility to have childrens party here in the playbarn, I have been to one with my daughter which was in November and the room that they ate in after the playbarn was abit chilly (infact freezing) - as a parent and a child wrap warm for that.
When I first moved to Stafford I got told by a friend about Amerton Farm and how lovely it was. Then I spent a whole year without visiting but then last year I went for the first time and it seems over the past few months I have been quite a lot. It is a fantastic place for everybody and anybody to go to and this review will explain to you just why.
Location wise Amerton Farm's address is as follows;
Amerton Farm & Craft Centre
Stowe by Chartley
It is located outside of Stafford town centre but is sign posted so is easy to find. You have to go down a long lane to get to Amerton and there is a huge car park you can go and park on which is free. It is located in the middle of countryside so is simply stunning an area.
You walk in through some gates and now lets tell you the things you can do here.
Ok the farm is in the title and it is great. There is a small corner where you can go and there are pigs, a cow, goats and horses which you can sit and stroke and feed if the people are there. There is a place you can wash your hands too which is handy. There are also many chickens wandering around who are so used to people by now that they leave you alone really.
Then while we are on the subject of animals there is a wildlife rescue centre which you have to pay a couple of pounds to go into but there are is a large handful of animals including owls. This is a British Wildlife rescue centre so all animals are cared for very well indeed and come here when they are usually sick. The staff are very knowledgeable and it is a lovely area of Amerton.
There are a couple of places you can go to get food. There is a fantastic bakery which sells all sorts and their cheese and potato pie is just amazing. The prices are fine at about £1.50 for a large pasty which is good and they are delicious. You can smell the bakery the moment you walk onto the small courtyard which is where everything is so I always get tempted with something from there.
Then there is a tea shop which sells drinks, proper meals and cakes and teacakes and that sort of thing. There are a lot of tables and you can also take things into the courtyard to eat and drink if the weather is nice. Prices here are reasonable too with dinners being about £4 but they are huge so you should be full up afterwards.
Crafts & Shopping:
Now this is the other part of the title of the place. There is a big craft centre which sells all sorts for all ages and all types of people. You can buy kitchen goods, mirrors and paintings, children's toys and at the moment they have a good range of Christmas decorations. My favourite area is the food area though as you can buy local ice-cream and also really nice farmhouse biscuits.
There is also a jewellery shop which is very reasonable and has a good selection of jewellery. There is a pottery shop which I love their clocks and also a small studio here where children can paint pots. Then there is a cake shop which sells very nice chocolate and do wedding cakes and we are actually getting them to do ours as the chocolate is delicious.
The other major shop at Amerton is the garden centre which has a huge selection and is massive so you should be able to find lots of things from here for your garden. I always do!
This is worth a mention as I know that children do get bored sometimes but there is a playbarn where they can go which is basically full of toys and slides and all sorts so that should keep them occupied. There is also the railway which is nice for adults and kids which I have not been on but the trains are very sweet looking.
So that is Amerton Farm and Craft centre and I have to say that if you go you will not be disappointed. I don't think you could spend a whole day there but a few pleasant hours definitely. It is a lovely place to visit if you are in this area. A small warning though that some places do not accept cards so do take some cash with you.
Thoroughly recommended to all.
Thanks for reading.
The farm is home to a wildlife rescue centre, and retail outlets include a garden centre, farm shop, cook shop, craft and gift centre, bakery and sweet shop, piano and music supplies, fabrics and yarns, toy shop and dolls house shop. There are craft workshops to see, a play barn and some unexpected offerings such as a complementary therapy centre, railway rides and balloon flights. Regular Fun Days are held throughout the year: those for 2005 include Amerton by the Sea (1st-5th August), Summer Finale (1st September) and Halloween Haunts (27th October). Amerton Farm is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.