Friday, 15 August 2014

National Forest Adventure Farm

We were lucky to be invited to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-on-Trent earlier this week.
We found the park pretty easily after travelling up on the M42 and the A38. Lucky as it was my first long trip in a few years.

We started the day with a tractor ride around the farm, we had to spot the scarecrows along the way. The Littlies found this really exciting, but I do believe it was OH who was shouting out 'Scarcrow' the loudest.



The Littlies were excited to go to the playground so we headed over and they were straight into the sand pit. They then tried the bouncy castle slide, the Jumping Pillow, the Water Splash and the Mini Assault Course. We came back later for a go on the Go Karts and the Little Man was playing Beat The Goalie. A great time was had by all, even Star was able to join in with a few of the activites. We let her in the Water Splash while it was quiet (only us) even though she's not supposed to get wet.

A big favourite was the Quad Barrel Ride, where they rode around a mini maze in big barrels.



We then went to look at the animals. Here are some of the smaller ones. Throughout the day there are animal demonstrations to help you learn more about the animals and how they are cared for.


We had lunch at the restaurant which was really busy. We had to wait quite a while for our food, but it was nice when it arrived and lovely big portions which meant it was worth the cost. If you don't want to dine at the restaurant you can go to the smaller cafe or bring a picnic. There is even an option to purchase a picnic and then you can eat outside in one of the picnic areas.

One of our favourite activities of the day was making scarecrows. The Farm is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of scarecrows which is currently 3311 and is held in Cincinnati. You can take a scarecrow with you or make one in the scarecrow workshop. We had loads of fun making ours which were numbers 1951, 1952,1953. I really hope they reach their target and break the record.




Sticking with the theme of Scarecrows the farms 11th annual Maize Maze features the Scarecrow's Wedding, the new book from Julia Donaldson. There is a quiz you can do on the way around the maze by finding the clues. We didn't manage to do the complete maze as it is over 3 miles of pathways and bridges. We managed the shorter flower maze and found the Wedding Scene in the big maze. It was all very exciting, but also very tiring, especially for Star. (Maybe we should have tried it out earlier before her energy was waning.) 


We had a fabulous day and would love to go back again sometime. I thought the entry price looked a little high at first, but I didn't really know what to expect and there is really so much to see and do the price seems very reasonable. Tickets are around £9.75 each with under 2s free. It's cheaper to go in the winter and off peak. 







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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



Disclaimer: We were given free admission to the farm for the purpose of this review all thoughts and opinions are my own.



12 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place. I don't realise there was a new Julia Donaldson book out - must take a look. The scarecrow challenge looks good - I wander if they'll do it?! #countrykids :)

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    1. I've not read the book yet, but no doubt I will soon, my girls are getting a bit old for Julie Donaldson but me and the Little Man still have time to enjoy the books.

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  2. Looks like a fabulous day out for the entire family. Happy to hear you had a lovely time x

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    1. It was a lovely day and such a lovely place. Definitely more than just a farm.

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  3. Sounds and looks like you had a lovely day for your first long trip out fir a while. I really like the look of that maze :)

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    1. If I'm truly honest, I did get a little scared in the maze, I hate feeling lost. Next time I'll take a map :)

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  4. Looks like a great day out, we'd have loved to try this but had other plans in place. Will have to pop up one weekend #CountryKids

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    1. It's a shame you couldn't make it, it's really worth a visit.

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  5. The maize looks fantastic fun. The chance to make scarecrows is a great idea, something we've never tried. #countrykids

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    1. I'd like to make more scarecrows, they were lots of fun.

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  6. Looks like a great place to visit! The Scarecrows are fantastic! #countrykids

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  7. Looks like fun! I thought the guinea pig was on your foot then for a moment ;)

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