It was lovely taking three-year old Big Munch to Willows Activity Farm last Saturday. We had a nice daughter-mummy date. Every so often I make sure we have time just the two of us. As we’re based in North London, Willows Activity Farm is just a twenty-minute drive away. We also met some friends there which was fun. There is so much for the little ones to explore and it’s a place that’s fun for kids of all ages. Here’s 7 things we loved about Willows Activity Farm…
1.Where to start?…You could stay here ALL day there is so much to do. There were handy sign posts and maps everywhere. You’re also passed a map when you come through the gated entrance. I’m so glad we came here on a sunny day so we could run around and explore all of the amazing outdoor activities.
2. Peter Rabbit and his crew! Willows Activity Farm has joined forces with Peter Rabbit. We arrived when it opened at 10am. We didn’t have to wait long before Lily appeared for cuddles and photos! There are a few Peter Rabbit themed shows on during the day. The theatre is very cute and there’s plenty of space. There’s also lots of room at the front so the kids can jump around, dance and sing along to the songs. The show lasts about 15 minutes which is just right.
3. The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground…Yep more Peter Rabbit themed activities. There’s the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Kitchen (big enough for grown ups to sit inside too and you can help sort out her washing), Lily’s corner (which I loved!) and a great tree house to explore. We spent a lot of time hanging out here. There are also some cute sensory areas for babies and little toddlers which I know Baby Munch would enjoy next time. Big Munch loved the telescope so she could spot the owls high up in the trees!
4. Animal fun…There are quite a few animals to feed (a bag of farm yard food can be bought from the shop). Our favourites were the goats who were very sociable, especially when they knew you had some snacks for them. I liked that there were plenty of wash-your-hands stations dotted around the farm (kid-height of course).
5. The fairground…There are two decent sized bouncy castles, one for toddlers and one for the older kids. It’s handy there are benches for the grown ups to sit on whilst watching their little ones go bounce-crazy. Big Munch loved going on the big yellow inflatable slide and she was able to go on her own (grown-ups can have a go too). They have an attendant there to help manage any queues. Big Munch also loved bouncing around on the trampoline. Not forgetting the big slide and tree house in the middle of the farm. A mini assault course just for little legs.
6. The Beach…well it’s actually a very well equipped massive sandpit with huge tractors, a tree house and a water pump. There’s a treasure chest box by the entrance where you can borrow buckets and spades. Big Munch loved making her lemon and carrot cake for me in the tree house. Talking of carrots, you can also go carrot-picking on the other side of the farm.
7. Lots to do if it rains….We were really lucky with the weather as it was nice and sunny. When it got a bit cloudier in the afternoon I knew there were plenty of things to do inside. There’s the Peter Rabbit Burrow cafe for snack and lunch time, with loads of space. All of the outdoor benches are sheltered too. The Cotton-Tail Village is brilliant. From a bank to the hairdressers there’s lots of little houses to keep the little ones occupied. For serious drivers there’s the JCB race track. I loved that there was a separate driving area for the toddlers. Oh and there’s also the indoors soft play.
There are many more great things about Willows Activity Farm including the tractor ride and the maze. There’s definitely enough to keep the little ones entertained with different things on each visit. You can also hold children’s parties at Willows. When I asked Big Munch if she’d had a nice time, she said “It was REALLY good Mummy, can Peter Rabbit come to our house next time?”
We would recommend buying your tickets online as they currently offer up to 25% discount for different periods of the year. During the Autumn season, ticket prices currently range from £12.35-£14.80 for an adult and from £13.10-£15.60 for 2-16 year olds. Under 2s are free. Monthly membership costs currently range from £8.50-£11.75 a month for adults and £9.50-£12.75 for 2016 year olds depending on whether you’re happy with weekday term-time visits or anytime membership.
So, where are your favourite outdoor places to take the little ones? Share the out and about love and leave a comment below….Thanks for stopping by.
x Sunita and Big Munch
This is a collaborative post where we were guests at Willows Activity Farm. They provided us with free tickets for our day out so we could feature a review on the blog. Thanks to Peter Rabbit and his crew for having us!