When you arrive and pay, you can also buy animal feed which is priced at around £1 a bag, which is quite expensive compared to similar attractions especially as my daughter likes to use a whole bag on the first animal we see.
Once you have paid, one of the first animals you will see is the ducks, swans and geese, these are behind a fence but as soon as we approached, we were swarmed by them! Lauren gets really excited by these every time we go. Outside, there are loads of other animals too such as pigs, goats, sheep, lama, horses, cows, meerkats and Laurens favourite is always the deer, she always shouts ‘look mummy, Bambi!’ Inside, there is a reptile house where there is quite often a snake or lizard out for you people to touch or hold.
There is a large barn too, in this are more pigs, sheep, cows and goats but also rabbits, chickens, ducks, chinchilla’s there is also an incubator room; this has chickens and ducks from 0 to 8 weeks old, there are also some eggs and we have been lucky enough to be there as one hatched once. One of my favourite indoor activities is the pat a pet. This is available all day and you can hold a mouse, chick or guinea pig. Also in the barn is a small soft play area, some seating, small tractors and two giant slides.
As well as all the animals outside, there is also a large outdoor play ground; this has trampolines, ride on pedal tractors, climbing frames, swings and slides.
I have found that if you get there early, the animals are attracted to you immediately however as the day goes on, the seem a little less interested – I assume this is due to the amount of food they have been given!
There are two outdoor and one indoor snack bar, these seem to be priced quite competitively, two cups of tea and a children’s drink comes to less that £5. One thing I dislike about these however is if you choose to sit outside, the hot drinks come in those horrible polystyrene cups! If you are thinking of taking your own food, one downside if that there isn’t too many outdoor picnic tables.
Throughout the year, the farm has special events on, for instance last year, it was ‘Bring you Guinea Pig’ and there was a little parade and if you took you guinea pig, entrance was free for the child.
This is a fabulous day out so 5 out of 5 stars from me.