We’ve been to the National Forest Adventure Farm today and what a superb adventure it was. This place comes highly recommended!
With the sunshine accompanying us we arrived nice and early to this little gem nestled in the heart of Staffordshire, in the National Forest close to Burton upon Trent. The doors open at 10am and there is ample parking near to the entrance. It was nice and quiet when we arrived so we had our pick of activities to try out. This place really has everything from sandpits to sandwiches and guinea pigs to ginormous bouncing pillows.
After a warm welcome from the reception staff, we tried out the diggers first in the rally area. There are motorised go carts, a range of JCB diggers for toddlers to bigger children and even a sandpit area with a giant static JCB digger and slide. Within the sandpit area, there are lots of toys to play with and mini diggers to lift and sort the sand too. There are also motorised diggers (a small charge applies) for young and old’er’ to pit their skills of co-ordination and lifting.
Throughout the month of June, the farm is host to a magic show inclusive of your ticket price within the large hall which is seated. This thoroughly engaging show is aimed at all ages from toddlers to adults. Not only is there magic, there’s fun and humour too. Magic Mayhem entertains the crowds and really is a must watch. The Adventure Farm support Clic Sargeant so any donations made for the balloons that this magic man create go to the charity.
As well as tin-can alley, skittles and an indoor bouncy castle there are a range of play areas for under 6s and separate sections for the bigger kids too. We had lots of laughs on the enormous pillow where we bounced around in the sun! There are more sandpits, digging for fossils, go-carts, football nets, crazy golf and even crazy Frisbee. We watched on with much hilarity as visitors worked hard to catch the breeze and land their frizbees within the nets with not much luck. All of these activities (except crazy golf which has a small charge) are included in the prize of your entry fee.
Food is available in a large indoor-seated area or outside from a fast food point. Pizzas and burgers as well a host of other food is up for grabs. We picnicked in the large area available outside as the sun shone down but there is also sheltered space to eat your picnics too.
After lunch we took a tractor ride around the grounds where even the staff aboard here were cheery and welcoming. Staff are dotted around the farm keeping a watchful eye on everything but not being obtrusive, which is really quite reassuring. The tractor ride reveals the host of farm animals available to view so, after our scarecrow spotting ride, we ventured around the animal paddocks where you can feed the goats, sheep, alpacas, ponies and many other friendly farmyard friends. The attraction also boasts a small animal petting area, where a range of activities go on throughout the day; we took full advantage of the low pens where you can make friends with the piggies and reindeer as well as other well tended creatures. The little lady had a stroke of a guinea pig which was very calm and not phased at all by the number of little hands that went in for a pet. The keepers are friendly and chatted happily about the animals sharing information about the animals eating habits and lifestyles. The animal zones are all clean and well kept. The animals all seemed to be very happy and mooing and baaing in all of the right places.
Hand washing areas are spaced around the farm and the toilets and baby changing facilities are clean and monitored. There are even mini toilets for shorter legs. For those of you who regularly read this blog, you’ll know that I’m always happy to see a clean baby changing facility and this ticks the box!
If you plan your day out, you can groom a pony and even watch a sheep race. Before we left we took a stroll around the vegetable patches and sniffed the many herbs in the herb garden and learnt about crop rotation. Information signs are posted around the zones to aid learning while you have fun too. I have come away wondering about spring onions so after writing this, I’m off to Google their origin.
At the end of our fab visited we decided to spend some pocket money in the large shop that you depart through. We know have a mermaid to add to our collection – see, I told you they have everything!
Overall, an absolutely fantastic day where there is something for all of the family and where everyone can get involved. This should be a definite on your tick-list of places to visit. There’s even an indoor play area with ‘drop slides’. The maize maze is in its infancy but will entice us back in July when its open. Keep an eye on the farm’s website as there are a host of superb seasonal activities coming up! Thank you Adventure Farm and well done on making such a great attraction!