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Godstone Farm (Surrey)
Member Name: stickywicket
Godstone Farm (Surrey)
Date: 22/07/01, updated on 22/07/01 (3285 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap , serious value for money
Disadvantages: I've told you about it!, Sand!
Why? Because Godstone Farm should be kept a secret and that way you lot can go to Thorpe Park, Chessington and Legoland queing for hours for rides that take 3 minutes!
Situated between the M25 and the A22, suprisingly just outside Godstone village in Surrey. First the most amazing thing about this place is the price, children are £3.95 but with each child an adult gets in free! So the average family can get in for less than the price of an adult ticket to Legoland! Huge parking area - must be for at least 500 cars.
So what is it then ? Cows, sheep, lambs, rabbits? Yes but I'm saving the best bit for last....
Once in we usually head for the the sandpit area near the cafe, past the under 3's ride on toys and some noisy pigs, and the sheep dog assault course, and to the left of the rabbits, tortoises and guinea pigs (come back to all that later) quite well hidden actually. But I'm not talking a little sandpit here, it's about the size of two large rooms,filled with buckets, spades, ride on diggers, climbing frames, a picnic area and a wooden forte for the under 8's to put under siege. Now we have been known to spend the best part of three hours in this bit as the children are very content to chill out here,and armed with our cool boxes lunch usually starts here, but eventually they remember the 'other thing'...(keep reading).
So round the farm we go, stroke the horses, climb in with the rabbits, pretend to milk a cow, make funny noises at the turkeys. There is a large hands on area supervised for stroking and holding the baby animals, and at every possible location are handwashing facilities, they really are intense on the hygiene aspect. A huge play barn/ballpit area at a cost of £1 is also available - we've mamnaged to avoid it so far but should the weather turn then I'm sure we would make use! Several barns have ride on toys and the children love a quick pitstop in these too.
gentle and tame then? Well here we go, up the hill in an ever expanding area is the place to be! A wooden adventure play area, adourned with tyres, sandpits, mazes, obstacle courses, slides, castles, football pitches, water mat slides, more castles, under 3 areas, toilets refreshments, picnic areas it's big, busy but it's worth the entrance fee alone! My advice here is to make sure your children have a brightly coloured t-shirt on, pitch yourself so they know exactly were you are and let them go! They love it, and so do we. We have spent hours here the freedom and entertainment value is superb. I'd recommend for children aged 1 - 12. There is quick and easy access to the car park for when you *have* to go home.
So this summer, if you must, only if you really have to, you might find something better to do, yes go to Thorpe Park and queue up ther for Loggers Leap instead, much more fun much less stressful than chilling out in a big fiels while your kids have fun...yes forget you ever read this...
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