We attended the National forest adventure farm at Tatenhill Burton-upon-Trent. This is an absolutely fun filled family day out.
For anyone that hasn’t been to
The National Forest before, you are in for a treat! The National Forest contains miles and miles of beautiful woodland and caters for all ages – an interesting fact is that The Adventure Farm
was actually created on the back of the forest and it provides the perfect day out for the family with a number of different activities to take part in. We were delighted to be invited along as part of their #ForestLife campaign.
As well as all the usual animals you’d expect from a farm, sheep, cows, pigs and chickens there is a barn with small animals and at certain time slots you and your little ones can pet the guinea pigs in the small animal barn.
We were lucky enough to arrive two days after some new baby guinea pigs. These babies are born fully formed and furry so are super cute.
With ample play areas both inside and outside, Lilly and Lucas had lots of fun driving pedal car JCB diggers, playing in the Jurassic park sand pit which is complete with dinosaur eggs to find in the sand, they also bounced on the giant JCB digger bouncy castle and the huge jimping pillow.
Lilly also braved a climbing wall located right by the JCB pedal cars. It’s only about 3 feet high and has soft ground underneath so is really suitable for the smallest of children.
Other farm experiences included egg collecting where the children got to move the hens off of her eggs before very gently placing the eggs into the collection baset, milking a life sized fibre glass cow, feeding the ducks and chickens some corn (purchased from the arrival desk) and feeding the larger animals grass pellets ( also purchased from arrivals at £1.00 a tub)
We all rode the tractor ride around the farm which took us past the reindeer in a trailer and the children rode the barrels which were attached to a quad bike.
With ample outdoors seating for picnics or a restaurant that does hot and cold food as well as a child picnic bag for £3.95 for four items and a drink we could have easily stayed for a lot longer than the 4 hours we enjoyed. Our meals for 3 adults and two toddlers was under £20.
Things we missed this visit included exploring the maize maze which is currently closed but I believe it is open for the Halloween spooktecular. Picking our own pumpkin or potatoes, the water splash zone, sheep racing and riding the kiddies quad bikes.
Suprisingly clean for a farm, yes OK the pigs smell piggy but definitely did not smell dirty. With rough paths that make it pushchair accessible, although parts are on a slope it is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs for the majority. We also noticed lots of handwashing facilities and they were at both adult and child heights and had hot water, soap and paper towels.
We found our way there easily due to good road signage and have promised Lilly and Lucas we will return. It’s not far away, it’s resonably priced for a great family day out and we are looking forward to returning at Christmas to see santa in his grotto as they are not old enough to appreciate the Halloween spooktecular as that is advertised as a scare fest for over 12s.
Under 2 year’s get free entry and if you live close enough to make use of the after school price of £4.50 this place represents great fun at great value.
I’m looking forward to returning again this winter as the large animals are very friendly and winter time is a good opportunity to get up close to the alpacas and ponies without having to share them with others.
Hats, coats and scarves at the ready, we shall return here lots.