We’ve had lots of fun today! We visited one of our favourite ‘haunts’ The National Adventure Farm in Burton where there’s plenty going on this Autumn half term in a build up to Halloween.
We started our day off with a dig in the JCB sandpits, a ride on the mini diggers and a stroke of the familiar farm yard animals. A family of new piggies who are super cute, drew in the crowds. As we were early, the cows hadn’t gone out to pasture yet so we had the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures close up too. There was even a special appearance from the chipmunks who usually do a very good job of hiding from us!
We were greeted warmly and given our guide to activities for the day. It encourages you to book events as spaces for some of the attractions are limited but they do run on more than one occasion so you shouldn’t miss out. We decided on ‘broom stick school’ and ‘spooky story time’. These run each half an hour and do indeed draw a crowd so get your name down for fun.
You can take a tractor ride to spot the scarecrows or a barrel ride on the barrel train. My legs are a little too long for the latter but the tractor ride is for all of the family. These attractions are all inclusive of your ticket price and again run each half an hour.
For that extra bit of spook, there is the spooky hotel, which welcomes the brave as well as a haunted house where real life actors await you. As the little lady is only two, we didn’t venture into the haunted zone but it sure does look scary and dark!
If you fancy yourself as a shooter, then there is a great rifle range or what is affectionately termed ‘Hill Billy Joe’s Zombie Smash’ available to test your skills. This is available at a small additional charge.
Our highlight of the visit was our pumpkin picking. Our ticket included an opportunity to pick a pumpkin, of which there are many of all shapes and sizes. A full paying child is entitled to a free pumpkin although more can be purchased should you wish. We scoured the field for just the right one and then pondered over what we’d carve into it over a coffee in the courtyard cafe.
A seasonal BBQ is available with some tasty looking treats as well as a host of other snacks in the courtyard area. Inside the restaurant, you can tuck into some more hearty homemade meals. There’s plenty of space to sit comfortably and eat your own pic-nics.
With spooky decor around the whole site, The National Forest Adventure Farm, is a great place to get in the mood for Halloween.