We are very lucky that we live just 15 minutes drive from Willows Farm Activity Village and it is definitely a go to place when I ask the kids what they would love to do for the day. No matter how many other places we go to, Willows is always top of the list, mostly because there is so much to do and we can spend whole days there and never get bored.
The Farm has several areas for children to explore, and is based on a large site, but not so large that small children will have tired legs at the end of the day. Another draw is that it is a great place to go whatever the weather as there is so much to see both indoors and outdoors!
Ideally set up for children up to the age of about 10, the Farm includes the following:
Soft Play : There is a huge soft play section which has areas for both Under 2’s and Toddlers, as well as three brilliant slides which the kids love going down. We can easily spend upwards of 2 or 3 hours just in this part alone. The best thing is that the soft play also encompasses one of the restaurants and has free Wifi – so that’s both the adults and the children sorted for a few hours!
Toddler Town: This is a gorgeous area for children under 120cm and is a street with Peter Rabbit themed houses and shops in it for children to make believe and investigate.
Ride on Tractors: Undercover and with heating in the colder months, a huge tent houses a large number of ride on tractors. It caters for both small and bigger kids with push along tractors as well as larger pedal tractors. To add to the fun, there is also a mini garage section, a tunnel, a bridge and a petrol pump area.
Bouncy Castles: At the bottom of a hill lie 2 huge bouncy castles, a bouncy slide and trampolines. It works brilliantly for all ages of children with one bouncy castle being only for those under 90cm.
The Big Dig: Basically a huge sandpit! There are buckets and spades and sand chairs for the kids to play with, as well as large wooden tractors and diggers with slides they can slide into the sand from.
Peter Rabbit’s Theatre: A couple of times a day there is a show in the theatre, all based around the adventures of Peter Rabbit. We have been to both the Peter Rabbit and the Lily Bobtail shows and they are very interactive with songs and stories. The best part is that they are only about 10 minutes long each so a perfect length for a small attention span.
Peter Rabbit’s Playground: Completely themed around the adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a great little playground for all children, but especially for toddlers. There is a musical sections, a little house to play in and a small adventure climbing frame, perfect for small hands.
As well as all of this, there are daily tractor rides, sheepdog shows, panning for gold, an obstacle course for older children, animal feeding, small animal handling and fairground rides. During certain times of the year there is also other activities on, so over the October half term every child can pick a pumpkin to take home, and there will be other pumpkin activities on offer.
Although the price may seem a little steep (about £16/17 per adult/child) once you are in the Farm there is nothing else to pay for except food and drink! We really do love it as a place to go, and if you haven’t visited, it is well worth a visit. The best thing is that it is open year round, so a great place to visit when the weather is becoming colder!
Disclosure: We haven’t been asked to review Willows Farm, we just love it as a day out and think you might too!
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