Saturday, 4 April 2015

National Forest Adventure Farm Easter visit

We love the National Forest Adventure Farm. We were invited back again for Easter, after our visits in the February half term, and Halloween, and the girls always have fun. There is always something different going on. This visit was all about Easter, and of course spring, with all the baby animals on the farm.
 
Our day didn't start as smoothly as yesterdays trip to Liverpool, with S deciding she didn't want to go out today, and stripping off just minutes after I had got her dressed, in a way to sabotage our efforts. We also ran out of squash, and my girls refuse to drink water, so we had to nip to the shops first.... this all meant that with the hour drive to get there, we arrived just before lunch. We looked at the timetable of events, with various events at specific times, we didn't want to miss anything that the girls really wanted to do. We started off with feeding the animals in the barn, which costs £1 for a cup. The cows knew what the cup meant, and ran straight over to the rail nudging the girls. Both girls found it hilarious. I know that cows don't have top teeth so cant bite, so encouraged the girls to feed by hand.... I managed to capture the moment.... J has fed cows before, but she obviously forgot how wet they are... check out her face.... you can just imagine the EEEWWWWW......
 
 
S didn't want to just feed the cows, and after we saw some of the slightly older lambs being fed pellets, we tried too...
 
 
After the feeding of the animals we headed to the outside paddocks where there was meant to be pony grooming. This is on twice during the day, one being at lunch time, the other right near the end of the day. This was the one activity that J jumped up and down to do in excitement. We headed out, and asked if we were in the right place, 15 minutes we waited, with other families joining in the wait, before we all gave up.... no one showed up at the ponies for the grooming. J was devastated and started crying.... after mentioning it to the original member of staff, he went to chase it up... came back saying they were with a sheep who was giving birth so couldn't come. However, we spoke to another member of staff a few hours later, and she said no lambs were born today! Either way J was very upset, and they had about 7 unhappy children who waited for nothing.
 
 
On passing the animal barn again, the petting zoo was open, and the guinne pigs were out for a stroke, this made a perfect distraction, to get J out of her crying state.
 
 
Closely followed by lunch. The Adventure farm is great for picnics, with picnic benches outside, or under cover in the barn. Since Halloween they have tented it up even more to keep the wind out, and its even warmer... the girlies didn't complain once about eating outside, rather then in the café.
 
 
After lunch we decided the trip to see the Easter Bunny was a must. This involved a bumpy tractor ride, (makes it more fun!) which was running constantly up to the opposite side of the farm. The girlies loved the longer journey, and all the board animals they had to spot and shout out. It built a great atmosphere on a packed tractor. When we got to the other side, it was a small woods. We were given a pencil and an answer sheet. On our little walk, there were 7 questions, all around the subject of rabbits, with a riddle, and game from the mole thrown in too.
 
 
At the end of the little walk, which took no time at all as the girls whizzed through it all in excitement, from one board to the next, was the Easter bunny waiting just for them.....
 
 
 
It was then back to the main farm, scoffing the chocolate they were rewarded, on the tractor. The next activity the girls wanted to do was make their own cress head...
 
 
 This went down very well, with the girls making their own faces on the cups, filling them up, seeding, and watering afterwards... we now have them on our windowsill. If they grow, we can take a photo and pop them on the Facebook page, in hope of winning a competition.
It was almost time to bottle feed the lambs, this really is a must at spring, but J had time to squeeze in a barrel ride first. S was insistent that she would NOT ride it today.... instead she picked through the gravel on the path deciding which stones she wanted to take home....


We then made it to the animal barn again just in time for them to bring out the milk. The barn was very busy, and this meant that the bottles had to be shared. They have bottle feeding three time during the day.... J loved it, S was more interested in watching them, but did have a go....


 
 After the feeding of the lambs, and of course the hand washing, we had one last hunt to do. Around the fun field, and yes it is a field packed with lots of fun things, we had to find the names of 12 characters, to get a prize on leaving. This helped J practise some of her reading, and S recognising her numbers. With all the too-ing and fro-ing from one board to the next, S went through a puddle of mud... she is no Peppa pig, and stopped and exclaimed she was stuck.... I was not in wellies, and not impressed....  but of course I had to snap a picture of her moment in hilarious distress....


It was then time for some serious fun, before the drive home. There is so much to do in the fun field. The girls chose the giant bouncy pillow. It sure is giant, and very bouncy....


...before trying to make a sand castle...


It was then getting late, and it was time to go home ready for tea... but not before collecting the prize for the last hunt...


It was a great day out, and I would highly recommend. Which ever season you choose, there is always something to do to keep you there for a day.




*We were given complimentary entry, in return for n honest review, all photos, words, and opinions are my own.
 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

14 comments:

  1. We love going to our local farm, it seems that you had a great family day at the National Forest Adventure Farm x
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    1. Farms are a great day out for families, always so much to see and do. :-)

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  3. What a wonderful day out. Your girls look like they are really enjoying the day, and the easter bunny is so cute.

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    1. it really was a great day out, and they loved it. The Easter bunny does look cute, doesn't it, I have seen pictures of some scary looking ones, thankfully this is a child friendly Easter bunny. :-)

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  4. It looks like a great day out, even if you did encounter a problem. Hopefully they will work together to make sure it doesn't happen again :)

    Louise x

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    1. It really was a great day out. They have spoken to the staff members responsible for the problem, and they have reassured me it wont happen again. :-)

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  5. Wow what a fun day out and such lovely photos. J definitely didn't look impressed after feeding the cows and S definitely wasn't happy about getting stuck! What a shame there was no-one to do the pony grooming but sounds like the petting zoo and Easter bunny helped ease the disappointment. #CountryKids

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    1. Its not always all fun and laughter on days out with kids, but they do make me giggle, and something to tell them about when they are older. :-) There was so much to do at the farm, there was lots to take the distraction. :-) The farm has got back to me, and will make sure all activities are manned on a daily basis, they are not sure what happened, but staff have been spoken to about the incident.

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  6. We've just been to the farm today gettign up close and feeding the animals, it looks like your girls had lots of fun. Mich x

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    1. Oh they did have so much fun, we always do at the farm. Made more special by the baby animals. :-) x

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  7. It looks like there's always so much to explore at the National Forest Adventure Farm! It's great that they put on so many different seasonal activities, meaning there's always something new to explore each visit. It's such a shame that the pony grooming didn't happen and there was no clear explanation as to why, but maybe J'll get another chance to have a go at a later date. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  8. We absolutely love it there, so much to see and do! We couldn't get there over Easter, which is a shame as that Easter bunny meet looks lovely x

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  9. So many emotions involve in this trip! But it still looks fun in the end =) #countrykids

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