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Hobbledown Farm

Hobbledown Farm

A magical day out not far from Junction 9 on the M25. Being half term we decided to visit Hobbledown Farm for the day. We arrived at 9.30 and before we knew it, it was nearly closing time. Hobbledown Farm isn’t just a farm, it is a fantastic place to keep the little ones amused for a long time and adults too.

We started by looking at the chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits. It has been very well thought out as within the stable walls there are low down viewing windows for the children so we didn’t have to constantly lift them up and down so that they could see the animals. The animals all seemed very happy and even the guinea pigs looked quite pleased to see us.

We had a walk around and came across some interesting animals. The meerkats were by far our children’s favourite. As the children love touching the animals, we were so pleased to see the petting area where we spent a lot of time stroking the rabbits, guinea pigs and a rat! There are a lot of different unusual objects around the farm which are great to look at, it’s not every day you come across a Wicker Dragon! There is a real mystical twist there too, but I will let you go and explore for yourselves.

A huge sand play area was a real hit, there are tunnels, climbing areas and lots of buckets for the children to fill up and empty over and over again. At lunch time we went into the café area and had a delicious vegetarian wrap, we found the food to be reasonably priced and fresh. I really liked the fact that there was a large amount of tap water ready prepared in jugs which you could just help yourself to, these small touches really make your day out easy.

The Hobblings Play Barn is fantastic, this is probably the best indoor play area I have been in. It is fantastic and again, well thought out. This area is an ideal place to let the little ones let off steam on a rainy day. There is so much more at Hobbledown that we unfortunately did not have time to see, we will definitely go back to explore the Maze, jumping pillows and much much more.

For more information visit www.hobbledown.com

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Bocketts Farm Park

Bocketts Farm Park

A real fun day out at a working farm in the heart of beautiful Surrey. Once you have paid to go in there are some ride on tractors which were so attractive to our son that I think he would have stayed and played on them all day. Where the smaller animals are kept is called the animal village and is very unique, well thought out and the children loved it. The children enjoyed being able to stroke the small animals and likewise with the big horses in the stables outside.

Bocketts Farm Park

We really enjoyed a stroll outside taking in the breath-taking views over the hills. We went in the autumn and they were growing pumpkins, our son thought this was the best thing he had ever seen and I have never seen so many bright orange pumpkins in one field. We took a picnic so unable to comment on the food, but the café looked popular. The pig races are great fun for all the family to get involved in.

Bocketts Farm Park

Our children at the time of visiting were too small to participate in riding the ponies but watching the goats being milked replaced that, our son was mesmerised. There is so much to do at this farm including an indoor play area which is fantastic for those rainy days.

Bocketts Farm Park

For more information visit www.bockettsfarm.co.uk

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Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor is aimed at children aged between 2-12. The park is kept very clean at all times even when it is busy I have never seen any rubbish. Over the years Legoland Windsor has become very theme park orientated which does defer away from Lego, although most of the rides have a Lego theme. Miniland used to be the main attraction and our little ones love looking around it, the moving trains, boats and their favourite feature, the soldiers or should I say Bop Bops marching outside Buckingham Palace.

Legoland Miniland

There are some fantastic rides for our little ones, Fairy Tale Brook being our favourite. Cruising around on a little boat through fairy tale books is a pure delight, we get to the end and our little ones shout, again, again.

Our little boy is now 3 so he is old enough to drive a Lego car, which is very exciting and a very different thing to do, but ensure you go there first, the queues get very long for these popular cars.

More of our favourite rides include, Atlantis, Dino Safari and the Sky ride where you can see a lot of the park from high up.

Ideal for our age group at Legoland is DUPLO Valley which is aimed at the younger children. There is a Lego city themed play park where the little ones are safe to run around climb onto Fire Engines , Police Vans or whizz down slides, the non – slip artificial grass is fantastic for those toddlers who tend to be a bit unsteady on their feet. In DUPLO Valley there is the splash zone where you and your little ones can get changed and enjoy splashing around a menagerie of DUPLO themed animals from lions to elephant and giraffes to Zebras. So remember to take your swimming things and a towel.

Legoland Bop Bops

There are plenty of places to eat within the park and the food we have purchased has always been delicious and very hot. But we mainly take picnics, there are many picnic areas within the park but our favourite is to munch on our sandwiches whilst watching the very entertaining Pirates of Skeleton Bay pirate show. Next to the pirate show is a great coffee shop which serves delicious carrot cake. There are many water fountains around the park for you to fill up your water bottles on a hot day. The toilets are immaculate and if you are like me who has two toddlers and you need the toilet, located next to the Skyride entrance is a block of toilets which have a seat and strap within the room so that you can safely put your little ones in and you know they are safe and not trying to touch everything. During holidays and weekends the park gets very busy so if you stay all day leaving can sometimes be rather challenging. I would advise anyone who is leaving at the end of the day to leave at least half an hour before the park closes in order to try and not be delayed home.

Legoland Pirates

Remember to buy your parking ticket before you get in your car so that you can exit through the barriers easily.

For more information visit www.legoland.co.uk

 

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Bucklebury Farm Park

This working farm based in the depths of Berkshire is every child’s delight. They have all the usual farm animals but what we find the children love is the fact that you can stroke some of the small animals. The staff are very friendly and the children really warm to them. Upon our last visit the children were allowed to feed milk to the lambs which was definitely the highlight. The stable areas are immaculately kept and it is obvious that the animals are happy and very well looked after. There are often tractors parked around which fascinates our two children.

You can walk right up to the top of quite a large hill which is a trek with a buggy so perhaps leave your buggy at the bottom. The views from the top of the hill are beautiful although no peeking into the Middleton’s back garden! Our son loves the red bus which has been turned into a ball pit with a slide, this is small but the little ones enjoy it. Throughout the day they offer tractor rides out into the countryside so you can see and feed the deer. This takes approximately 30-40 minutes, there is no additional charge and it is great fun. Watching our two little ones giving food to the deer really is a pleasure to watch, they are so happy and laugh a lot when the deer try to lick their hands with their huge tongues.

There is a huge sandpit for them to play in as well as a great play area with very old tractors to climb on, swings and slides. Building Dens, Nature Trails, and if you fancy a jump there are huge bouncy pillows, although we feel our two little ones are too small for these at the moment. If all the above is not enough there are three indoor slides, which combined with the red bus gives your little ones plenty to do on a rainy day. There is a café which serves locally produced delicious food, tasty coffee and homemade cakes. We normally take a picnic and take advantage of their picnic area either inside or outside weather depending. We have been there when they have carried out themed events like A Teddy Bear’s Picnic where they had people dressed as Bears and other activities. All in all a great day out with free parking too.

For more information visit www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

 

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