Family Fun at the Farm - Open Mead Farm

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

We have Baby A's Grandma and her friend staying with us for a few days and wanted somewhere different to go for a day out. We picked Mead Open Farm, near Leighton Buzzard which is about half an hour from Aylesbury.

My first piece of advice is to book online at least 24 hours before you go. It's 50p per ticket cheaper to book online which isn't a lot, but every bit helps. However, it's not made that obvious on their website that you have to book 24 hours in advance so you've been warned. It's cheaper to go mid-week in term time, even cheaper if you go mid-week term time after 3.30pm.

We picked a great day weather-wise to go. It was really mild today so perfect for wandering around all the outside elements and we even managed to eat our picnic outdoors - very unusual for early March!

I was really surprised by how many different areas there are. We started in Jo's Barn with loads of very friendly goats! Baby A has not really encountered many different animals yet. I wasn't sure how she'd react to them but safe to say, she was really intrigued and was keen to stroke and pat them.



It was Baby A's lunchtime so we headed into Shaggy's Café to feed her. After wolfing her food down it was time to play in the large soft play area. Baby A was in her element! She tried driving a Little Tikes car, she's good at going in reverse! Then it was into the ball pit which also has an air jet which makes the balls float in the air. Baby A loved the sensation of the air as well!



She managed to "persuade" her Daddy to go round the soft play assault course with her. Through the boulder, up and over the obstacles and down the slide! Then it was on to the big slides with Mummy & Daddy taking turns to take her down. She really is a thrill-seeker. We secretly enjoy it too!

Back to Jo's Barn for the 'Bunny Hop' where they bring the Bunnies out of their hutches. Amazingly they really didn't mind an 11 month old patting at them. She doesn't quite understand the word 'gently' yet!


Time for the adults to have their lunch. We headed out to the picnic area and enjoyed the sunshine. Obviously you could have food from the Café but as we're on a budget it was a homemade picnic for us!

That just left a quick play in the large sandpit (Digger Land) and then back through to see and stroke some more animals, before heading home.

Some areas of the Farm are out of action at the moment as it's too early in the season or open later in the day when the after schoolers arrive (e.g. the Sky Trail). There is a new playground being built at the moment which looks like it's going to be really fun.

There was a lot more for Baby A to do than I would have thought. It's always hard to know if she's going to be just a bit too young but with all the different animals areas, the sandpit and the soft play area, it was definitely a good day out. Thumbs up all round from all generations of the family!





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