The farm itself it very well sign posted and laid out. There are hourly tractor rides which are free and take you around the farm to see everything. We first opted to go and have a look at all the animals. They are indoors and after Charlie wanted to stand ‘milking’ the cow for a while, we went in. There are lots of animals including guinea pigs, chicks, cows, chipmunks and the CUTEST baby Tamworth pigs I’ve ever seen! We were very lucky that they were only a few weeks old but I could have stood watching them for ages; super super cute! P1 was fixated with watching the baby calves having their milk which you could go and help feed them with the staff. She was gripping onto the side and squeaking with excitement at being so close to them. There are many hand washing points as well so it was easy to keep clean after touching any animals.
From here, we walked past a huge chicken coup and saw the main man Mr Cockerel making himself known! We then went and saw all the Scarecrows. For £1 you can make your own (free if you take your own clothes!) and be part of the World Record Attempt. They are trying to beat the current record of scarecrows on display which stands at 3311! You get to stuff your own scarecrow and pick his outfit. There are rows and rows of them – as Emma said I wouldn’t want to walk through the field on Halloween with them all!!
There is also two Maize Mazes – a full one or a mini maze. The larger one from above is in the design of two scarecrows which, along with the World Record attempt, is to celebrate the new Julia Donaldson book “The Scarecrow Wedding” It looks pretty spectacular. Unfortunately the maze isn’t pushchair accessible so with 4 kids between two of us (one a babe in arms and two being wild twins) we weren’t able to actually go and do the full maze but we peeped inside the smaller one and it looked fab! I would definitely love to go back when the girls are steadier on their feet and complete it.
|Charlie & Emma in the maze|
|Amazing view from above (Credit NF Adventure Farm)|
After lunch, we went to discover the rest of the farm – yep there was more! There was a vegetable garden with lots of crops growing which you could walk through and read about. There was also a barrel ride which you get a free voucher for on entry. Charlie loved having a ride round being pulled by the tractor and pretending to steer. Such an authentic touch keeping in feel with the whole rural outdoor theme.
There was a larger play area – again, all the equipment looked in really good new condition. Charlie played for ages on it whilst the 3 smaller ones had a nap and we had an ice cream (not overpriced either which at places they usually are – Charlie’s was just 90p!) There is also a water area – we didn’t take any spare clothes so if you’re planning visit – do! With it being the summer holidays, there was a whole host of animal demonstrations going on including egg collecting, pony grooming and you are even able to handle guinea pigs and the rabbits.