Nothing screams the end of winter and the start of spring like baby animals, lamb feeding, live lambing and help the farmer activities – the perfect half term fun for your littles. At the weekend we went along to the opening of the New Life On The Farm event at the National Forest Adventure Farm and oh my goodness it was just so blooming cute, all the mummy’s with their babies, and I don’t mean the human kind. We had a great adventure and I would highly recommend a visit.
We had such a lovely visit, despite the cold there was so much fun to be had that we were definitely distracted from the snow flurries. We arrived just in time to feed the baby lambs and oh my goodness I was left feeling a little jealous of all the children holding the bottles of milk. I had hoped I may have been needed to help my gorgeous boy but sadly I was not needed at all. He chuckled as the lambs pulled hard on the bottles and really enjoyed feeding them, he’s spoken about it so much and actually asked me questions I haven’t been able to answer since we left. Why do we feed them out of bottles? Why don’t their mummy’s feed them milk. Does anyone know?
As a parent I am always worried little ones will be squished at events like this as they do get so busy, not here. The event was well organised which meant that each little one had a go at feeding the lambs. On entry to the feeding area each child was given a token which represented the lambs which were popped into the feeding pens. They were called up and sat on hay bales in preparation for the shepherds handling them. So cute and I loved watching George’s face as he held on tightly to the bottle.
It was so lovely seeing so many babies on the farm, there were little piggies as George called them, baby calf’s and lets not forget baby lambs. They were all so cute and probably my favourite part of the visit, watching the mummy’s looking after their little ones was just so lovely. They all looked so well looked after, the handlers were on site to answer any of your questions which is great when you have an inquisitive five year old called George Archie.
Squelch, squirt, squelch, squirt. Be sure to pack your wellies as the farm is a little muddy in places which if you are five certainly adds more fun to the day! After visiting the Shepherd in the live lambing area who told us everything we needed to know about the mummy sheep and their lambs we then headed back to the petting area to meet more animals on the farm. Who knew pigs liked football…
If you ask George what his favourite part of the day was he will tell you that it was this, petting the animals especially the guinea pigs. Quickly followed by the soft play area. I loved watching him pet the animals, we came home with a list of animals he would like to adopt as well as their names. Do you have an adoption programme NFAF?
With hand washing facilities perfectly placed all around the farm be sure to enjoy the petting area. The animals all love a little bit of attention but watch out for the spitting alpaca, that wasn’t fun at all although we did laugh. The petting area was my favourite aside to feeding the baby lambs, it was so nice to be able to hold the animals, be sure to get to the area early as I can imagine it being a popular session on the schedule during half term.
And then we moved on to the Help the Farmer activities in the events barn which was a welcome break from the cold…
The Help The Farmer area was a huge hit with George, he loved that he could take a couple of his crafts home with him to show Nanny and Grandad. Meeting Farmer Fogg and his assistants was a real treat, the staff here really go the extra mile to ensure the littles visiting truly experience all areas of the farm. I love how engaging the staff are. George enjoyed creating his scarecrow and potting a seed and very proudly shared them with Daddy as soon as we arrived home. Perfect ideas and transferable to crafts we could do at home too.
We had a wonderful day, the only thing we needed was a little sunshine but I guess that means we have to go back again for another adventure. There is so much more to see and do than I have shared here – from bouncy pillows, sandpits, go-carts, crazy Frisbee, tractor rides and lets not forget the animal demonstrations. There is a cafe near to the play barn however you are welcome to take a packed lunch, there is a large picnic table area just outside the Events Barn.
For me what makes this a great day out for the family is that everyone can get involved, there is so much to see and do for all ages to do that no one will leave disappointed.
* Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. All words are my own, we would highly recommend a visit. All these adventures and more await you during half term.
I have added this post to Colette’s #TriedTested over on her blog We’re going on an adventure. As well as Jocelyn’s Word of the week over on her blog The Reading Residence.