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Just what Old MacDonald ordered!
Longdown Activity Farm (Hampshire)
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Longdown Activity Farm (Hampshire)
Advantages: Lots of activities
Disadvantages: Farm germs
Every year one of the toddler groups I go to has a summer day trip, this year the destination was Longdown Activity Fam which is in Ashurst in the New Forest, Hampshire.
Getting to the Farm
We traveled by car and it was a straightforward journey for us taking about 30 minutes. We approached from the M27 East and from there joined the M271 and the A35, at this point there are brown tourist signposts to follow. The farm has a large car park and on the Wednesday morning that we went there was plenty of space, we met up with other members of our group in the car park before crossing the road to the farm. The road you need to cross is a narrow country lane but it is easy to see any traffic approaching.
The farm is open daily from 10am to 5pm for most of the year, we arrived at 10.45 to allow us time to have a good look round before meeting up for lunch.
Child (3-14 years) £6.95
Saver Ticket ( 2 adults plus 2 children) £28
As our toddlers are under 3 it only cost us £15.90 for the 2 adult tickets which I think is reasonable and consistent with other similar attractions.
Upon paying we were given a leaflet with a map of the farm and a timetable of 'What's on'
There's something happening nearly every half hour including bottle-feeding goat kids and duck feeding. Although my little ones were too young for these activities the 2 and 3 year olds in the group had great fun.
We followed the map around seeing Ducks, Chickens, Pigs, Rabbits and Horses. The water near the Ducks seemed to be extra smelly to what you would expect on a farm but thankfully it was limited to that area. There were plenty of chicks and ducklings for little ones to meet and all the enclosures were large enough to be able to take a double buggy in without completely blocking it. The farm provided a great opportunity for my toddlers to practice their animal noises and see a good variety of animals for the first time.
Non animal fun
As well as the animals there are also plenty of other fun things for little ones to do. There is an area of small ride on tractors for the younger children and mine really enjoyed these. There are also trampolines, an infant playroom, indoor and outdoor play areas and a very bumpy tractor & trailer ride. This seemed to get a mix of reactions from loving it to crying all the way round.
Being a fairly large group we arranged to meet for lunch at half 12 so that before then we could go to the activities most suited to the ages of our children. There are several picnic areas, one of which is undercover and ideal for the summer we are having. We chose to go to the large outdoor area as the rain had held off and it is next to the outdoor play area allowing little ones to play within watching distance. Being a large group we also had a few picnic blankets on the ground so that we could all be sat together and if we were going again I would take a picnic blanket just in case no table was available.
If you don't want to take a picnic there is also a Tea Room and Refreshments kiosk where you can purchase sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and in the case of our group lots of cups of tea!
Health and Safety
There are numerous signs detailing the importance of hand washing and they have 'Germinator' hand scanners to check hand cleanliness located around the farm. However despite our best efforts to keep little ones hands clean our thumb sucker still managed to pick up a tummy bug and was really poorly the 2 days after our visit.
Toilets around the farm were clean, tidy and well stocked, as usual in these places there was a queue for the ladies but not the gents.
There are 2 shops at Longdown Farm which are open to non paying visitors.
-Poppies is a nice little gift shop which sells a variety of souveniers, toys, ornaments, etc.
-Farm shop which sells a range of locally produced meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese, eggs, etc. This all looked very appetising and it was lovely to see local producers being supported in this way.
The website is really informative and easy to navigate.
Would I recommend?
Yes, we spent 3 1/2 hours at Longdown and if the children had been older I'm sure we could have stayed all day. There's plenty to do and as a lot of it is undercover it doesn't have to be good weather to enjoy your time here
Summary: A great day out at the farm
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