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Fun at the farm!
Bocketts Farm Park (Leatherhead)
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Bocketts Farm Park (Leatherhead)
Advantages: Varied, decent food, ok prices
Disadvantages: Extras can add up
Nestled snugly in an accessable part of the Surrey countryside near Leatherhead, this family fun farm was our chosen destination for a day out somewhere new recently. With a hard to please toddler and a grumpy husband it was not looking good...
Having spent a week putting up with frequent newfound tantrums, we decided to try out a new attraction in an attempt to alleviate everyones boredom, and thankfully it worked!
As you enter Bocketts Farm Park you are immediately greeted by lots of petting animals, including goats, sheep and rabbits. We visited in May and there were lots of adorable lambs which delighted me, but failed to impress our two-year-old who was more interested in running riot and causing havoc! Once she had calmed down a little though she was really eager to feed the sheeps and giggled crazily when they tickled her hand in the process. For feeding purposes special munchies can be bought on entry.
Progressing through the centre we stumbled upon the playpark which was age appropriate, but also had lots to entertain older kids. My little monster thoroughly enjoyed the exploring the giant bouncing pillows, as well as the trampolines and sandpit. There are also climbing frames, slides, swings and playhouses here.
By the time she had burnt off some energy in the play area, we were all starting to get peckish so we decided to have lunch at the farm. Heading back out through the main enclosure we found a lovely old barn which serves as a cafe and the food was surprisingly good for this type of place. I opted for a sandwich, my hubby had a jacket potato and we chose a kids picnic box for herself. Cue happy toddler and parents! We also went for cake and this is served in little individual cartons so I wasn't holding out much hope, yet it was fresh and yummy.
After a satisfying lunch we were pleased to find it was time for the pig racing! This sounds very odd indeed and it really was surreal to watch pigs dart around a track at top speed, having the time of their lifes! You would never believe a pig can move so fast until you see it with your own eyes. This event seems to last for seconds but it was highly entertaining and novel, and my daughter was in hysterics, snorting along and calling them all 'Peppa.' Honestly Peppa Pig has an awful lot to answer for!
To have a little bit of a rest we decided to go on the tractor ride, which sadly is not included in the price. there is also pony riding for older children which again is not inclusive. This is a shame.
The tractor ride is bumpy and slow but we enjoyed the spectacular views over London, which was just visable in the distance. It was really lovely, and also affords views across the farm and lets little ones see the animals at the same time.
My daughter was getting a little tired so we went back to the main barn, but since she got a second wind we headed into the soft play area, which is a little jaded and tired compared to many newer places. Its saving grace was a massive slide which you can hurtle down on mats, gaining speed and fear along the way! I refused to go on, but my hubby took our daughter on his knee and she was in her element, insisting on several goes. Little daredevil!
So that's Bocketts Farm Park and what a nice place it is too. It's about an hour from us so we won't go often but we will try it again in the future for sure. The admission prices are competitive and cheaper than similar farm parks, however it would be excellent value for money if the extras were included in the price. We all had a great day out and thought this place was well-run, varied and ideally suited to toddlers and young children.
Prices are as follows;
Senior Citizen £7.95
Child (3-17yrs) £8.50
Child 2yrs £6.95
Summary: A fun day out for our little family!