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Apple Jacks The Amazing Adventure Park (Stretton)
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Apple Jacks The Amazing Adventure Park (Stretton)
Advantages: Lots to Do & Plenty to See.
Disadvantages: Poor Activities & Very Expensive.
I used to love babysitting when I was younger, mainly because it gave me some extra money and as I only did it in the evenings the children generally went to bed quite soon after my arrival. However recently my boyfriend and I have started to look after his young nephews every so often and I've discovered young children are quite hard to keep occupied! As such we are always on the lookout for somewhere a bit different to take them on a day out and as we've both driven past Apple Jacks farm several times we decided to pay it a visit last weekend.
Apple Jacks Farm is located in the village of Stretton in the town of Warrington (north west England), it's a mile from the M56 junction 10 making it very easy to find. The postcode is WA4 4NW if you want to have a look on a route planner website to work out the distance. There are directions from all major surrounding towns on the Apple Jacks Farm website - www.applejacksfarm.co.uk. The one thing I will say about the location is it requires you to drive down a bumpy track for a minute or two to reach the farm which isn't very kind on your car tyres!
So what exactly is Apple Jacks Farm? Well as the name suggests it's a farm aimed at children although there are other attractions which try to make it a bit different. The animal area is at you enter the farm and showcases your typical farm animals such as goats, pigs and sheep. We were a little disappointed with the amount of animals on offer and did expect there to be some sort of petting area with smaller animals where the children were actually allowed to hold them and stroke them. It took us about fifteen minutes to see all the animals.
There are other attractions including the "Jumping Pillow" which is a bit like a large bouncy castle where children can bounce around as well as a roller rink of a fairly decent size giving both children and adults the opportunity to skate around. We found we had to queue to access both activities, about ten minute for the Jumping Pillow and about fifteen for the roller rink which did leave his nephews slightly restless! There was also the opportunity to go on a tractor ride around the surrounding fields but we didn't have time for this.
The farm runs a Wild West Show which we settled down to watch with great expectations. It was your typical American themed show which was suitable for children and had a wild west setting to it. It's in the middle of the day meaning that's when the farm is the busiest so you need to get there early to get a seat. The show itself went on for over half an hour, by which point my boyfriend's nephews had lost all interest and to be honest so had I! The terrible American accents and the sheer stupidity of most of it had annoyed me within five minutes!
The same actors from the show spend the rest of their time walking around the farm which was quite nice as you did get to speak to them and they remained in character throughout the day. However it did all seem a bit mismatched to me, having a farm then a wild west section then all the other attractions just didn't seem to gel well together in my opinion. However the boys did love the fact that they got to have their photos taken with the actors and it was a nice touch that they were all so friendly and welcoming despite the daft outfits!
Other slightly smaller activities include the pig race, the archery training, the air canon range, the pedal karts and the stilt walking. There is also a play area which is quite large; it's got a separate area for very small children too. The one thing that is definitely worth a visit is the Amazing Maize Maze which is situated to the side of the main farm area. This is basically a large maze whereby you can attempt to find the middle and then find your way out again. We spent over an hour in here and had a great laugh, the boys loved it and so did we!
In terms of refreshments there is a grill and a shop on the site where refreshments can be purchased. We did find it quite expensive and were glad we had brought a picnic with us, four cold drinks cost us £4.50 and four ice creams cost us around £6. We didn't venture into the shop as we didn't really want to spend anymore money than we'd already spent but it looked like it was quite overpriced as these things tend to be. I did see children walking around with your typical pencils and stuffed animals to give you an idea of what they sell.
The whole place was extremely clean with plenty of litter bins scattered around. There were several sets of toilets which did seem to be kept in a good condition with cleaning taking place throughout the day when we visited. We did have to queue for the toilets at one point for a couple of minutes but nothing major. The parking is located just next to the entrance to the farm and it is free to park at all times. Everything was well signposted within the attraction and the few members of staff that we came into contact with seemed very pleasant.
The prices for entry are:
£12.50 - Adults
£9.50 - Children & OAPs
£9.50 - Group of 12 or more people (price per person)
Free - Children under 3
In total the day cost us about £50 by the time we paid for two adults and one child (luckily one of his nephews was under three!) plus our refreshments which is pretty expensive really. We spent about four hours here in total and that was plenty, we could probably have done everything within about three hours quite easily. I was really disappointed with what was on offer here, we'd been expecting a fun packed day with plenty to do but we were sorely misinformed about Apple Jacks Farm. Not one to recommend really, a big disappointment!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: An adventure and farm attraction aimed at young children.
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