Roving reporter Julie Wallis was invited to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm for BrumHour here’s what she reported back
By Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
National Forest Adventure Farm
We took the children Lilly, age 3 and Lucas, age 23 months to National Forest Adventure farm at Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent. What a fun filled day of adventure was had by everyone.
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.
The farm experience was amazing, the children got to collect eggs from under broody chickens. They milked a life size (fibre glass) cow, rode on a tractor and stroked animals in the small animal barn. They fed goats, ducks, alpacas, sheep and ponies. The animals were all very friendly and everywhere was incredibly clean considering we was on a farm.
There are ample hand-washing stations which had warm water and soap at child height sinks. Footpaths mean that it is all very family friendly too, no worries about getting a pushchair around. (This is still a farm so don’t expect a super smooth ride, it is bumpy but it is so much better than mud tracks!)
It was a lovely sunny September day: we explored the paddocks where the larger animals reside and we all enjoyed feeding them the food we had bought on the way in. A tub of corn for the chickens and ducks, and a tub of grass pellets for the larger animals cost only £1.00 each, this ensured the animals came right up to say hello to us. We especially loved the alpacas, as they were right over the other side of their paddock, but one shake of the tub of pellets had them galloping over.
The tractor ride around the farm was very well attended, its a huge trailer with seating and a windproof cover took us on this bumpy adventure all the way around the entire perimeter and everyone on board joined in with the scarecrow hunt. The tractor ride even took us past the reindeer.
There was also a barrel ride which the children loved so much that Tom, who had been our tractor driver, took all the children on a second circuit of the course. A quad bike pulled specially adapted steel drum style barrels which had steering wheels in each cart, again another well attended ride. All ride times are advertised on the fact sheet map that we received on arrival.
As well as the large animals in paddocks. there is a small animal barn where rabbits and guinea pigs live alongside some pig families. A few mummy pigs with their babies were an instant hit, as the piglets are just so adorable. The guinea-pig village had 4 new residents, 4 perfectly formed two day old baby guinea pigs. I had never seen such young babies and can assure you they are just adorably cute.
There is Jurassic sand pit play area, with dinosaur eggs hidden in the sand, and fossils in the sandstone archesm plus two giant sized bouncy pillows, one for under 8 year olds. There is a JCB digger bouncy castle, a play zone with various sized JCB pedal cars and even a small rock climbing wall! There was lots to do beside seeing animals.
We had lunch in the restaurant area, which also boasts an indoor play area. Picnic tables are scattered around the farm both outside and under cover. We opted for the children’s picnic bag which was great value at £3.95 for a drink and any 4 items. Items for the picnic bags included sandwiches, jelly pots, carrot sticks, crisps, fruit and biscuits. The adults had a baguette each and they were fresh and tasty. Food and drinks for 3 adults and two toddlers came to £20.00.
We shall return here as the Christmas event looked great, they have a grotto and we know they have reindeer. The maize maze is open during the summer months but is now closed, but an upcoming Halloween event incorporating a mummy hunt in the maze looks great fun for older children (over 12’s) and adults alike!
This is a really fun family day out and I am delighted we found it, it’s just a shame we are not quite close enough to take advantage of the after school entry at a special price of £4.50 but under twos are free. Wrap the family up warm and go have fun this autumn, it’s nice to enjoy this attraction without the crowds that it will attract in the summer months and prices drop in low season.
Find out more about the National Forrest Adventure Farm on their website: adventurefarm.co.uk
Follow National Forest Adventure Farm on twitter here: twitter.com/NFAdventureFarm
Julie escaped Birmingham on behalf of #BrumHour with thanks to National Forest Adventure Farm. This is not a sponsored post.