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A fantastic day out on the farm.
Millets Farm Centre (Oxfordshire)
Member Name: kirlykird
Millets Farm Centre (Oxfordshire)
Advantages: A lot of facilities available free of charge
Disadvantages: the cafe / restaurant is slightly over priced
Millets farm centre has something for everyone in our family. We first visited this farm due to a recommendation from a friend shortly after we moved to Oxford and we were not to be disappointed. We were told that there was a farm shop and seasonal pick your own, however we were to be very impressed with the activities on offer here.
One of the main selling areas of Millets farm is their fabulous farm shop. There is so much to choose from such as a large selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, a fish mongers, a butcher and a good selection of cheeses to name but a few of the fresh foods available There are many items available here from staple cupboard ingredients to luxury food items and not to forget to mention their own homemade fruit juices which are divine. The farm shop is well worth visiting and if you are anything like me, you will struggle to leave without a bag full of produce. I find that there is a range of different price tags in the shop from the more value choices to the higher labeled luxury buys.
Millets farm also houses a large garden centre which is filled with lovely and irresistible lovelies to be purchased. There is a large section for ornaments, candles, decorative pieces and ceramics. My children's favourite section is the small area with toys and books, especially farm and animal books and the clothes range which sell a selection of outdoor children's clothes, wellies, waterproofs and cuddly toys.
Obviously, as this is a garden centre, there is a vast outside area and indoor area dedicated to all things gardening from furniture to plants and flowers, pots and decorative ornaments and my sons favourite area, the aquarium where there are many fish to watch swimming along. The garden centre I find very pleasurable to visit and it is priced reasonably. Although it could not be classified as cheap, nor is it excessively expensive.
*Café & restaurant*
Millets farm also has its own café area and separate restaurant. Downstairs in the café, it is self service with a choice of beverages, cakes, sandwiches or cooked lunches in comfortable settings which in the winter are very cosy with open log fires. Sadly, I do find the café to be over priced. We purchased two coffees, two children's soft drinks and two pieces of cakes which cost around twelve pounds. I have to say after that visit, I rarely use the café now, mainly favouring visiting in the Spring/summer with a picnic.
There is also a restaurant upstairs from the café which is supposedly a little more premium and is table service. They serve such things as Sunday lunches here and although I personally have never used it, I am assures that the food is good and reasonably priced.
There is a very good play area here at Millets farm and is well designed for toddlers to older children with swings, slides, climbing apparatus, digger rides and a sand pit.
We have spent many hours around here on a summer's day whilst the children play and enjoying a picnic on the picnic tables which are scattered around this area. This is a free facility and is ideal for a day out with the children.
In my opinion, this is a safe area for the children to play with plenty of space and entertainment value for the children.
To me, one of the best points of Millets farm is the animal section. This spans over a large area and is great fun for all of the family especially the children and as the playground, is completely fee free. The animal area is placed next to the beautiful fishing lakes and has many benches and seating areas around.
The animals vary from sheep, cows, pigs, goats, ponies, geese and ducks. You are very welcome to feed the animals with food in the shop or bring along fruit or vegetables for them and the thing that I like so much about the farm is that hand sanitizer gel and hand washing facilities are available around the farm area.
There is a lot of land here on the farm and Millets farm have developed part of this into a wooded walk. Again, there are picnic facilities available and we find that the whole area is also easily accessible with a buggy.
The walk is very peaceful and has fact points along the way which is very educational for the children. The wood contains native British species including Oak, Ash, Poplar and Willow and forms part of a wetland area alongside the River Ock.
*Pick your own*
In the summer, Millets also do pick your own. As a family, we find this so much fun and our children love to pick juicy and ripe strawberries whilst filling their tummies with more than goes into their punnetts! The produce here is tasty and fresh and we look forward to fruit picking here very much. From June to September Millets Farm has over 50 acres of crops exclusively for Pick-Your-Own harvesting. A choice of over thirty different fruits and vegetables can be picked throughout the warmer months and many new varieties of certain crops mean that they are available for a greatly extended season such as strawberries, raspberries, soft fruits and more berries.
Millets farm is a fantastic day out for the family. There is so much to do here free of charge and a visit here in the good weather can fill the whole day. The farm is easily accessible and relatively easy to find and the car park is large with an abundance of parking spaces.
The farm is open every day whether to shop, visit the garden centre or just pop by to say hello to the animals and use the playground.
The farm is highly recommended by me and is a wonderful and enjoyable day out for the family.
Summary: A great value family day out.