Mead Open Farm

We wanted to take Emily out for the day for her birthday, at first I thought the Zoo would be the place we ended up, but as much as I love it, I thought Emily would end up getting frustrated. She loves to explore and touches everything she see's, so I knew that she would be frustrated if she couldn't touch the animals. We decided that we would go to Mead Open Farm instead, and I am so glad we did. Emily was in her element, she got to touch and feed the animals and had such a great day. 
Mead Open farm opened as a children's farm in 1994 and has been welcoming visitors for family days out ever since, I know this because I visited mead farm when I was younger. I have to admit it has changed a awful lot since I went there. There is lots of new attractions, and there is always special events running. Emily got to meet sheep, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits and ponies. There was also some lovely ducks on the pond. Emily's favourite was the Reindeer. She thought feeding him was brilliant fun and we had to literally drag her away else I am sure we would have spent all day there.

When we entered the farm we were greeted with a lovely warm welcome from the staff. We were given an information booklet about the activities that were taking place while we were visiting, and also the opportunity to purchase some food to feed the animals. There are lots of animal activities going on throughout the day such as, bottle feeding the lambs, pony grooming, lamb national, and bunny hop. They were all taking place while we were visiting, and I believe they do throughout the year (weather permitting). Emily loved looking at all of the animals, I like how the farm has a very hands on approach because of Emily's age she wants to touch everything. So it was nice that she could touch the animals, and get close to them. All of you expected farmyard friends were there, horses, cows, goats, pigs, and sheep. We then had the added fun of bunnys, alpacas and reindeer. Emily's favourite was the reindeer. She would have stood there all day with him if we let her. She loved putting the feed down the tube and watching him eat it. She thought it was very funny. 

I loved the layout of the farm, there was enough space for everyone to get around without any buggy crashes, but it wasn't a very long walk between attractions either which is perfect when you have little ones. There are also plenty of places to play on site for the children. There was the Maize Maze, tractor rides, and tractors to play on. They're was also go kart racing, a climbing wall, and an adrenaline filled sky trail for older children. 

Outside there is a big Adventure play area which Emily spent a lot of time exploring. I liked how they're was a seperate bigger area for older children, and a space for little ones to explore without the worry of them being knocked over by over excited older children. There larger tower area looked like lots of fun! While we were there some adults were even climbing about on the larger tower. There was also little activities scattered around the large tower such as a assult corse which I thought was a good idea for when it is busier. 

They're is also a soft play area called Shaggy's play world and the MiniMoo's section for the under 5's. It was a big hit with Emily, she absolutely loved playing in MiniMoo's, there was a little ball pit, slide, and plenty of space to climb which is always good for Emily. It is also fairly big considering it is for under 5's, I was able to get in there with her and help her climb up the stairs without being in anyone's way. Next to MiniMoo's is another seperate area for the young ones with a mini village and play cars. Emily loved being able to walk up to cars and attempt to push them, although she wasn't so keen at actually getting in there. There was plenty of seating avalible around the soft play area for parents, there is also a cafe in there. So it is the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea and a little cake while the little ones are burning off there energy. I have to admit there was a lot of space for the older ones to run around too, there is a large soft play area for them aswell as some daring, 65ft slides and a rather steep drop slide that looked like so much fun. I honestly would have gone on it myself! 

We took a picnic with us, and I was really impressed at the amount of space there was to stop and eat, there are picnic benches dotted across the whole site, and even a little indoor picnic area. Which is where we chose to eat, just because there was less distractions in there for Emily meaning she would actually eat something. I was really impressed to find there was highchairs in the indoor picnic area. It is clear that the staff at Mead Farm care about the people that visit, and think of everything. The indoor picnic area was clearly well looked after, it was so clean, and quite a large space too. It is clear to see the farm is well loved, and with good cause too. It was a absolutely lovely place to visit, and we will definitely be returning. I'm glad we chose to go to Mead farm for Emily's birthday, it will certainly be a day that she will remember. There Christmas event looks amazing, and with it being the first Christmas where Emily will understand what is going on, I think it will be the perfect place. 

 *I wasn't paid to write this, I just wanted to share our day out with you*

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