After spending most of Easter Sunday cooped up indoors, we decided it would be a nice idea to go out for the day on Monday. We have been talking about vistiting a farm park for quite some time now, but haven’t got round to doing it so far. After a little search on the internet, we stumbled across West Lodge Rural Centre near Kettering in Northamptonshire. Seeing as it would only be a 40 minute journey we felt like it would be worth a try.
The little chap napped on the way in the car and woke up just as we arrived at the car park, around lunchtime. The tickets to go in were quite reasonably priced and you had the option of purchasing some feed to give to the animals. Our first port of call was the cafe for a quick bite to eat and a refreshment. This farm park is mostly frequented by families with young children, so you will not feel out of place at all when sitting in the noisy restaurant. The food tasted quite yummy and came out fairly quickly.
We started the tour of the farm park at the childrens petting area, which included rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs, lambs etc. This area was rather crowded, which wasn’t surprising with it being a bank holiday! I think I would like to come back again at a time outside of the childrens school holidays, so the little tyke can see a bit more.
We then went to see the animal paddocks and larger animals such as goats, sheep, cows and pigs. The little tyke wanted to walk everywhere! I couldn’t believe the size of this park, it went on for miles. If you didn’t fancy walking around, they offered tractor and trailer tours around the farm.
We ended up back outside the restaurant, where they had a HUGE sandpit for the children to play in near the picnic tables. I was so proud of how nicely my little boy played in it, building lots of sandcastles with his Daddy. He’s growing up so fast! To finish off the day we went to the large outdoor play centre, which was fully equipped with swings, slides and activity equipment. I sat this one out and stayed with the push chair whilst sipping a hot chocolate. Daddy had great fun playing with the little tyke on the park. For bigger kids, they also had pedal tractors to tootle around on. How cute!
I would definitely come back to this farm park in the future and would recommend this type of activity to anyone with very young children. I think my little chap had a great time and the fresh air made him sleep like a log that night!
Hope you all had a nice Easter folks, ta ta for now xxx