“ Address: Cantref / Brecon / Powys / Wales / LD3 8LR / Tel: 01874 665 223 „
Cantref farm, is a little gem of a day out, nestled within the breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons. It offers a fun and educating day out for children and adults. Particularly those who love the farm environment. Granted, it does have a few areas which need improving, but in whole it is a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
When You first walk into Cantref farm entrance, you are in the main reception area. This is also the gift shop which is very small and gets incredibly cramped. I do think that the farm could do with a seperate admission area, as it can become very hot and crowded within this area. Particularly in the peak holiday times.
The entrance fee to the farm is fairly competative with other days out within this sector. Children and adult admission is the same at £7.50 which I think is a very fair price. A family of four ticket can be bought for £29. Very small children under a certain height are granted free entry. Also there are reductions for disabled and old age customers.
Whenever I enter the park, the first thing that always hits me is the sheer beauty of the surroundings. I could gladly sit on the grass and admire the stunning mountains which surround the farm. However the children, are not so keen on sitting and admiring views, so exploring the park is the only option.
There are two huge farm buildings, These can be smelt before they are seen. It is rather a smelly atmosphere, even thought the farm is kept spotlessly clean and the animals are well looked after. On a sunny day the stench can be quite overpowering. The animals on the farm are very basic, they have chickens, goats, rabbits and pigs. However being able to observe these animals in their natural habitat is very pleasing.
The farm workers are very enthusiastic and are eager to answer any questions that the children have regarding the animals. Throughout the day they put on animal shows where the children are able to learn about the animals and get a chance to see the animals being fed. My children loved this show and were very intrested. The workers have a great empathy with the children and make the show very light and entertaining. Which in turn keeps the childrens attention.
Once you have visited the animals, there is still plenty to keep you entertained. There are pony rides on the top of the small hill in the park. This will cost you an additional £2 a ride. But it is a great eperience, each child gets a rosette as a token when they have riden. All safety hats are provided and the ponies are led by qualified staff.
Next door to the pony ride area is the boating lake. This is quite a fun experience. The boat takes quite a few people. Then you get the chance to use the oar to steer around the course that has been erected in the small lake. This is quite tricky to navigate though and adult supervision is essential. This is included within the entry fee.
Throughout the park there are lots of seating area and picnic benches. A picnic is strongly advisable when visiting the farm. There is a cafeteria on site, which offers a diverse range of dishes and drinks. However the beauty of the surroundings are so fabulous I would recommend eating out on the grass. They also sell lollies and icecreams in the cafe area at reasonable prices.
If you are unfortunate to visit the park on a rainy or unpleasing day there is an indoor soft play area which is quite big and impressive. There is also another cafe here. So parents can enjoy a snack while the children are sliding,swinging and climbing their way around the play centre. There is also a smaller area attached for toddlers to enjoy exploring, without the risk of being knocked over by an over enthusiastic older child.
Apart from the play area, they also have an indoor soft ball area and electric cars to navigate around a track. Although on my last visit these cars were not working properly.
Back outside, There is a large climbing area and playing area in the centre of the green. This is great for occupying the children as they try and balance and swing from one obsticle to the other. Although I would say that this area is more suitable for older children.
At the bottom end of the farm there are tractor rides. These are very intresting and a great experience. Particularly if you have a son who is into tractors!! The tractor is towing a large trailer which the passengers sit in. The ride is not very long, but long enough to enjoy the ride. Although any longer and a sore bottom might occur as it is bumpy!!
There is also a small water area which has childrens boats on which they operate by turning their hands. This looks great fun. Althought there are only approx 5 boats and the ques can get longwinded.
If this is not enough they have a large slide which you can ride down on sleighs. This always tickles me though because it is the most stupidly though out process in the world. If your child wants a turn, they have to walk to the bottom of quite a steep hill, pick up a sleigh, walk back up and then have a turn. Why they dont keep the sleighs at the top is beyond me!! It is so stupid, it just does not make any sense, unyet all these poor little ones wander down to the bottom of the hill!!
Apart from the main attractions, there are also small sand pits. trampolines and walking areas. But if you have had enough, then you cannot beat a sunbathe on the lush green grass. Watching the beautiful clouds rolling above Penyfan Mountain... Simply awesome.
There are plenty of toilet facilities. Although these are clean enough they could do with updating. There is also a baby changing facility. The staff are always happy to help, although the cafe staff do get a little flustered if there is a large order.
Cantref farm has it's own website. This is quite informative and will provide potential customers with all relevant information such as directions, theme days and admission fees.
There is also the option to spend your childs birthday party within the farm. This is very good value actually. I went to one of these parties the other day and it is a really enjoyable and different party experience. The cost includes free admission, a meal and a drink plus the opportunity to spend the day wandering around the farm. All this for just £7 a child. Two adults allowed free with each child. It makes me question if it would be cheaper to always book a party here when planning a visit as it could work out much cheaper!!
I would highly recommend you visit this park on a sunny day. It is much better as a day out in the sunshine. Plus, you just have to experience the stunning view......yes the stunning view.........have i mentioned the stunning view?????
Back outside, there is a large climbing area and park in the centre of the farm.