“ Address: Monk Park Farm / Bagby / Thirsk / North Yorkshire / YO7 2AG „
Monks Park Farm is just outside of the town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, Thirsk has always been a regular visiting spot of my families and my Husband works just outside yet none of us had ever paid attention to the signs for the attraction until one of my Mams work friends visited and recommended it to us.
The attraction is up a very quiet road and then you drive down a track to get to it, there is a gravel car park however when it is busy this area is filled up very quickly but there is plenty of grass that you can park on although obviously if the ground was wet when you visit this could be an issue.
==Prices and Opening==
The attraction only oprns between the middle of February and the first week in November every year and the majority of it is open so I certainly wouldn't fancy visiting outside these times as it would be far too cold.
The attraction opens from 10.30am to 5.30pm, the prices to get in are as follows,
Adults - £5-50
Children - £4-50
Under 2's are free
You can also buy bags of food to feed the animals at 50p a bag from the reception desk and we always buy a couple of bags as the children love feeding the animals.
There is a wide range of animals on the farm, there are lambs, sheep, goats, calves, cattle, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, albino wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs.
If you go at the right time of year then you are able to handle the rabbits and the guinea pigs and the first time we went we even saw a goat being born as none of it is hidden away and the whole point of the attraction is that children can interact. At certain points throughout the day your children can also have a turn at feeding the lambs although this literally lasts seconds as you would be amazed at how quickly they can drain their bottles.
==The Tea Room==
There is a cafe on the site but in my honest opinion take a picnic, the cafe is clean and tidy and the prices are about average for a cafe it isn't like theme parks that are vastly overpriced. The first time we went we had our dinner in the cafe however we found that the food was just ok and we weren't impressed, the service was slow and when we asked for a high chair the staff weren't exactly very helpful. Now when we visit we take our own food with us and there are picnic tables set up where you can eat although there never seems to be enough of them and they fill up very quickly.
The toilets have a disabled area and a baby change which you would expect at these sort of attractions, the toilets are clean although the floor of course can get a bit dirty and this isn't kept on top of during the day. The facitilites are only small and as such on a busy day you often have to queue for the toilets and they never seem to have any heating in them and we have found it is generally warmer outside than it is in the toilets.
There is plenty to play on for the children and the site does barrell rides, when we were there last year a barrell ride costs £1 but no doubt it will have gone up, the ride takes your children around site once and only lasts for a couple of minutes, we have never used the ride as our eldest didn't want to go on.
There is a large play area with mainly wooden play equipement, there is swings and slids and areas to climb up and down and swing bridges to walk across. The play area really is for older children and wasn't really suitable for our 2 year old. There is a smaller play area at the bottom of the park and there is a baby and normal swing and a slide built to look like a dinosaur, this area is better aqs it is generally quiet as you have to really know that it is there and the older children don't bother with it.
There is a very small shop for you to buy momentoes and gifts from and last year when we went both our girls had taken some money with them and wanted to buy a little something but we actually struggled to find something, we flet that there was items for very young children and then items for older children but apart from soft toys not much inbetween so we didn't rate the gift shop although it is decently priced.
There is a little concreted area with all sorts of different toys cars and ride ons for your children just to have a run around and have some fun crashing into each other which is a nice touch as it is something which is free and allows the parents to have a rest while the children run off some energy.
There is plenty to see at this attraction and my girls love to go, feeding the lambs is a brilliant experience although they are rather rough so you have to stand behind your child so they don't get knocked over. The attraction easily has enough to fill the whole day and certainly tires children out, if it isn't very warm however make sure you wrap up as there is not really any shelter from wind and cold. Tha staff are all very friendly and you can go into enclosures to feed some animals and others you can put your hands through the pens and feed them, all the animals are tame and are happy to eat from your hand. A great day had by all and well worth the entry fee.