After hearing some good things from my friends I had been meaning to visit Attwell Farm for some time. Luckily they were taking part in “Free Farm Sunday” which meant free entry all day.
As expected with any free event it was very busy despite arriving early. However the carpark was well managed and the entrance staff worked extremely quickly to move through the queue (and were still smiling even when I left).
There are a few animals in the barns as you walk through to the main farm and we ended up getting a “hefty” greeting. Me and the girls decided to say hello to the cows who at the time were the other side of the pen. So deciding to pose for a selfie, the next thing I know we were all on the floor having been head-butted by a cheeky cow coming to say hello (a reminder for the future to not stand with my back next to a cow pen).
The farm takes a route around several outside pens featuring animals from sheep, alpacas, emus, llamas, turkeys and horses. My youngest loved the ducks and emus. The big one wanted to give the lambs a cuddle but had to settle for saying hello from afar. Armed with the animal feed we purchased (£2 for a paper bag) we shared this amongst lots of the animals where feeding was permitted.
The walkway is wide with plenty of space for buggys. However we took a light weight pushchair which was a little difficult to push over the pebbled path. A travel system or hard-wearing buggy should have no problem however.
There are also a couple of inside pens with smaller animals like rabbits, donkeys and chicks including a petting barn. Again these were large and easy to get around despite having two children and a buggy to handle.
All of the pens are really open, although looked a bit sparse in parts as they were so spread out.
The animals look extremely healthy which was fantastic to see. You really got a sense that the owners care about their animals rather than just trying to make a profit.
There are also lots of other things to keep the kids busy. There is an old Fire Engine which you are free to climb into and try on the fireman’s hat for a picture. There is an outdoor play area with swings, a wooden climbing area and slide which my toddler was even able to navigate in parts. Inside the barns there is a sandpit and some play areas for younger children which my girls both loved.
There are also several “paid for” activities like a bouncy pad and electric tractors which we did not try this time but will certainly look at next time.
We took a picnic and whist we could not get a seat on one of the many picnic tables there was plenty of grass space to lie a blanket. If you do not fancy a picnic or wanted something a big fresher there is a café on site providing food and drinks. A burger stand was running today but I imagine that it reserved for special occasions rather than being available everyday.
This farm is on the small side compared to more commercial local farms but all the better for it. It is nicely spread out so even in the crowds it never felt over busy or like you were fighting for space.
This is a place that is luckily on my doorstep and I will definitely look to return during a quieter period.
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