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Our Day at the National Forest Adventure Farm

We were invited along this week to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire. It actually started out as a maize maze, back in 2004, and gradually grew until the adventure farm opened in 2011. We’d not been before, so were keen to look around and find out what it was all about. Here’s what we got up to…

First up was the indoor play centre…

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

It was clean, overlooked by a great balcony area which was handy for viewing and spotting where Boo had got to, and the restaurant overlooks it, too. The under 5’s area was a good size with plenty to do to keep Little man entertained, and Boo, being under 5, enjoyed it, too, but also had to have a run around the bigger area and go on the slides. All too often the smaller play areas are just ball pits, which just don’t keep Little Man’s attention and he goes off trying to find his big sister in places that he shouldn’t really be wandering, so this was brilliant.

National Forest Adventure Farm soft play area

We then made our way to visit the animals, first in the indoor barn….

National Forest Adventure Farm indoor animals

And then outside, too…

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm outdoors

There are lots of hand washing stations dotted around, and this really fun cow to ‘milk’, which Boo milked every time we walked by!

National Forest Adventure Farm

We decided to take on the mini maize maze, and that took us long enough! It’s a really unique aspect to this farm, and is currently themed around Julia Donaldson’s new book, The Scarecrows’ Wedding…

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm mini maize maze montage

Next up, we made a scarecrow! Nanny and Boo got onto this one…

National Forest Adventure Farm scarecrow making

Boo was so excited to do this. They are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of scarecrows, with the current record standing at 3,311. The farm is inviting visitors to bring in their own scarecrows, or make them there. You can take in your own clothes for them, or use the ones available on site, for a £1 fee. A small price to pay for the fun of making your very own scarecrow and being part of a record attempt! There are plenty to see…

National Forest Adventure Farm

We made scarecrow number 1,947, and Boo named her Lily..

National Forest Adventure Farm
We then made a stop for a picnic. There are lots of picnic benches and areas to eat there, and ours was delicious! I did check out the restaurant there, too, for furture reference, and I was impressed with the range of food available and the prices, under £4 for a children’s hot meal, and around £5-6 for adult meals. We then strolled around the indoor animal barn again, letting our food go down, before making our way to the children’s huge play areas..

National Forest Adventure Farm Play Areas

There are 2 jumping pillows, a play area, a sandpit, crazy golf (for a £1 play), a bouncy castle and slide, frisbee golf, football, and an assault course. The kids were happy!

Throughout the day there were also opportunities to stroke the guinea pigs and rabbits, groom ponies, go egg collecting, tractor rides, watch a pig race and take a look at a milking demonstration – loads more to do! The staff were very friendly, the facilities clean, and there was plenty there to keep the kids busy and entertained, and with the range of activities, I can see it suiting children of all ages.

We had a great day out there, and the children are already asking to go back! We will no doubt be returning soon….!

Have you been?

Disclosure: We received entrance to the farm FOC, though all words and opinions remain my own. 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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