We finally made it to Willows Farm a couple of weeks ago! It’s only a 20 minute drive from here and pretty much everyone I know locally with children has been. The entrance fee is a bit on the expensive side compared to other local farms which put me off a little and made me think that we needed a “special occasion” to visit. We decided to add it to our pre-baby “to do” list as a special treat for Seren as who knows when we’ll get the chance again when the baby comes.
The day we went was a beautifully sunny Saturday at the end of March. Being the weekend, I was worried it might be crowded but it really wasn’t – perhaps it gets busier at the many special events the farm puts on but we didn’t have to queue for anything on our visit.
We started with the Bouncy Haystacks followed by an attempt to go on one of the fun fair rides before Seren changed her mind at the last minute (which happens often according to the guy operating the ride – by the way, all the staff members we came across were super friendly)!
So we walked over to the outdoor Animal Feeding Area and saw some sheep, week old baby lambs, donkeys, camels and a miniature horse. You can buy animal feed if you like though we didn’t, I was keen not to get too close to the animals, especially sheep, lambs and goats as per the advice to pregnant ladies.
After a sit down to work out what to do next, we got the last middle seats on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around the back of the farm which was fun, though I’d try to sit at the side next time to make it easier for Seren to see out.
We then walked back through the outdoor animal area to find somewhere to eat our picnic. Food is a little on the pricey side so we took our lunch with us and there are plenty of picnic tables, Seren was particularly keen on the tables with animal drawings around them.
After lunch we spent a long time playing in the Under 5’s Play Area. Seren loved pretending to drive the combine harvester whilst singing “The Wheels on the Bus”.
Then we went to find the indoor animal area, the Stables, getting distracted by a little carousel ride on the way which Seren was brave enough to go on – twice! The rides are included in the entrance fee as is pretty much everything with the exemption of animal food, a couple of games and, of course, refreshments.
In the Stables we saw rabbits. baby chicks, pigs, piglets, horses and more lambs. Seren got to hold a guinea pig too which she was absolutely thrilled about!
When we left we popped into Woolly’s Showtime Arena and caught the end of the “Meet Woolly” show. There are different shows throughout the day and I guess that makes a good wet weather option. After an ice-cream, the last activity was JCB driving in the JCB Young Drivers Zone, we actually have one of these at home, but no where near as much space to drive round!
Then it was time to go, but the only way we could get Seren to leave peacefully was by promising her she could buy something in the shop (terrible, I know). She chose a farm fuzzy felt activity and clung onto it in the car on the way home.
MrS likened the farm to an amusement park with animals as opposed to a farm with some extra attractions – there really, really is so much to do. We were there from 10am to 2pm and only left as Seren was really overtired by this point, we could have stayed until closing at 5pm. There were quite a few more activities and attractions we didn’t have time for including gold panning, falconry, puppet shows, arts and crafts, an indoor toddler play area and a sandpit play area. We will have to try to fit them in next time!
Willows Farm Village currently has an Easter Extravaganza running until Easter Monday.