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Great cheap day out for the whole family.
Christmas Tree Farm (Kent)
Member Name: clarebear2006
Christmas Tree Farm (Kent)
Advantages: Cheap, educational,
Disadvantages: Parking gets full quick.
I have been to this farm a few times now. It's about 35 minutes away from where i live so it's a treat when we do go. A trusty sat nav is an essential too, well for me anyway. It is situated in the village of Downe which is the Bromley borough. This area is very rural and peaceful so is a lovely day out.
It has always been nice weather when i've been so the car park can get full pretty quickly, after that people end up parking on the country road which isn't very big, but needs must.
Before entering into the farm there is a small grass area with picnic tables and today they had a bouncy castle. There's a reasonably priced refreshments hut, plants for sale, a small toy/souvenier shop and toilets, with large facilities to wash and dry your hands.
Entrance is £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children. There was a sign saying prices are going up but it was only an extra pound or so. I think this is a great price seeing as for other farms or zoos you can pay up to £10 each. They have buckets of food for the animals for sale at 50p for small and £1 for large. A large bucket comfortably lasts round the whole farm, for my daughter anyway. Latex gloves are also available at this point if you don't like animal slobber.
The animals are kept behind their wooden fences, although some chickens, ducks and a peacock are loose so keep an eye on the kids. I have never seen a bad experience though (touch wood). The goats pen was open today so we could go in with them and feed them. It's great to go this time of year with all the newborn baby animals.
There are loads of animals to see cows, horses, ponies, sheep, lambs, goats, pigs, ostriches, llamas, donkeys, alpacas, and a turkey.
Outside each pen is an educational description of each animal which is good and all around the farm there are safety signs on how to treat the animals, what not to do etc.
I say the animals are in a pen but they are very happy and content. The field is huge so they have plenty of room and getting fed all day can't be a bad thing.
Once you've looked around outside there's an inside barn where you will find rabbits,guinea pigs, ferrets,chicks, chinchillas, birds, parotts and hens, some of which you can buy.
Sometimes they have a magician and a Punch & Judy puppet show to entertain the children and you can also have your childs party here for only £9 per head. You can read more on this on there website www.xmastreefarm.co.uk.
Overall this is a great cheap day out. I spent about an hour walking around the farm which is about the average time i'd say, but you can stay as long as you like. The only downfall is the parking, but that just proves how popular it is.
TIP: Wear wellies. Can be quite muddy.
10/10 from me :-)
Summary: Farm visit with money left over for a cuppa.
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