On Thursday, Little Mr and I drove over to Burton Upon Trent to spend the morning at National Forest Adventure Farm. We do like to have a look around a farm especially now as Little Mr is getting more and more familiar with farm animals and the noises that they make so I was looking forward to spending time with at the farm.
The National Forest Adventure Farm offers both indoor and outdoor farmyard animals with all the usual favourites such as pigs, cows, sheep and goats as well as Alpacas, Chickens and Guinea Pigs. Little Mr loved the freedom of being able to roam around the farm without being restricted to his pushchair. We had just missed the trip around the farm being pulled in a trailer by the Farm tractor so we wandered into the field to see the animals.
Little Mr and I both enjoyed talking to the Alpacas, there was one particular Alpaca which was incredibly friendly and came over to say hello. It was clear that all the animals liked to see people as they all came over to us at the fence for some interaction. We spent some time in the field and then went into the barn to see the baby piglets, the cutest Aberdeen Angus cows I have ever seen and the Guinea Pigs.
The farm have hand washing facilities in and around the farm which is great to see. I encouraged Little Mr to wash his hands and he had great fun in the water.
Scarecrow Record Breaking
The National Forest Adventure Farm are currently taking part in a World Record Attempt to make the largest display of scarecrows. The world record is currently set at 3,311 held in Cincinatti and the National Forest Adventure Farm are currently at 2,022 so only another 1289 scarecrows to make before the 7th September to break the record. Families can help with the record attempt by taking along their very own scarecrow or for just £1 you can make a scarecrow on the farm with all the materials provided. I have to admit I do find them a little bit eerie but if you don’t mind them, it would be a great activity for the kids to take part in and I wish them all the best with the record breaking attempt.
The National Forest Adventure Farm is also home to the National Forest Maize Maze. This year the maze celebrates the launch of The Scarecrows’ Wedding, the new book by awesome children’s book author Julia Donaldson. The maze’s design changes every year and this year the maze is home to two of the books characters.
Image taken from the National Forest Adventure Farm website
Not just a farm
As well as the farm, the scarecrows and the maze, the farm has a brilliant play area including a sandpit, a wooden play area ideal for little ones and an incredibly fun bouncing pillow. Little Mr and I tried it for five minutes and we giggled the whole time. It was hilarious. If the weather’s not looking too great, families can head inside for a bit of fun on the indoor soft play area with drop slides, climbing frames and huge Lego. There’s a cafe for Parents to grab a hot drink and a bite to eat as well as a gift shop to buy The Scarecrows’ Wedding Book on the way out. There’s plenty of picnic benches for you to take your own picnic whilst the children play and a covered picnic area by the barn to stay out of the sunshine in the Summer.
We really enjoyed our morning at The National Forest Adventure Farm. Little Mr had fun looking at all the animals and as the weather was dry we spent all our time outside. The National Forest Adventure Farm is open every day from 10am until 6pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) To find out more you can visit the Farm’s website here.
Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the farm for the purpose of this review. All words and images (except where stated) are my own. This forms an honest and and reliable review.