A little while ago I took the children to Willows Farm
in Colney Heath with my Mum.
Willows Farm is somewhere we have been many times before, set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside this is a lovely day out for all the family.
We actually visited during the Spring time events however with recent events I’m so delayed in telling you about them that they have now moved onto the Summer time programme.
When we visited we were able to watch the sheep sheering which was new to me, and although we are regulars to the farm I’ve not managed to catch it before. The children happily sat at the front on the floor to grab a perfect view and were shown the correct way to hold onto the sheep and then listened to a wonderful talk and were both fascinated to see just how quickly a sheep gets its hair cut.
During the summer months you can visit the corn maze which is great fun. A maze made from maize! We love running through this and trying to find our way out again. There is also goat racing, sports day races and many other fun activities.
Both Emmy and Harry love the petting area where you can feed the goats, pigs and sheep. You’ll also find horses and the rabbits and if you sit on the seats in the middle the lovely staff will bring out the very friendly Guinea pigs to hold.
Once inside the farm everything else is free so the children can play on the ride on tractors, ride the carousels and play on the bouncy castles and the trampolines.
There are a couple of play areas too, some aimed at older children and the others for the younger ones.
There’s also a fairly large sandpit area with diggers you can sit on and dig/play with.
You can also ride on the tractor which takes you around and area of the farm, this has songs and commentary running for the children which always goes down well.
Panning for gold always goes down well, although be prepared to get wet if your children are young and the fire squirting game is always a winner especially as it is also free so the kids all just line up to take turns.
There is also a large indoor play area should the weather turn or you really want to wear the kids out and a cafe too, as well as kiosks dotted around selling burgers, chips and ice creams.
We always just take a picnic and use one one the many picnic benches which can be found all over the farm.
We can easily spend most of the day here and will be returning over the summer holidays.
It’s not the cheapest place to get into with adults tickets priced at £14.50 and children’s at £15.50 (under 2’s are FREE) but you can look around for deals on sites such as www.vouchacodes.co.uk
, take your own picnics and race through the gift shop on the way out to keep the cost down.
If you are local and will visit often then there is also the option of buying a yearly membership or if you are planning to visit only over the Summer holidays you could take advantage of the Summer super savers deal which allows 3 visits with your ticket price, these cost £23 for adults and £25 for children.
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