Millets Farm Centre - Review

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

About a month ago I entered a Facebook competition to win a family lunch at Millets Farm. They asked the following question: What is your favourite thing to do at the beach? My comment was "Wriggling our toes in the sand and chasing the waves in & out trying 'not' to get wet!!"


Surprisingly I won! So today we headed off for a visit. It's about 45 minutes drive from Aylesbury but it's worth the drive as there's lots to do. You can definitely spend a whole day there. 

We headed straight to the Beach that they've created for the summer in Frosts Garden Centre which is part of the Millets Farm Centre. The 'Beach' is a really large, covered sand pit. Little Miss A enjoyed 'wriggling her toes in the sand' and digging in the sand with some of the buckets and spades that are provided to play with.


Once we'd dusted off the sand, we headed in to the Potting Shed Cafe which is right next door to the Beach and enjoyed a really nice lunch (using just a fraction of our prize vouchers). This Cafe is good for drinks and a lighter lunch - jacket potatoes, quiches, sandwiches, paninis etc. Perfect for what we wanted. There is another Restaurant next to the Farm Shop which has a more extensive menu. 

The Garden Centre itself is well worth a wander around. Originally I thought the vouchers would just be valid for the Cafe. I did wonder how we were going to eat £40 worth of food between us. We were actually able to use the vouchers for anything so we took the opportunity to buy some more plants for the rockery we've created (so it's not looking quite so sparse now) which I wrote about in the post 'Gardening with zero budget!'. We also spent quite a while browsing in the gift, homeware and toy sections of the shop and Little Miss A ended up choosing herself a little windmill!

Our last stop was to see the animals in the Farm Zoo. There's a large variety including the usual favourites of pigs, goats, sheep and cows. There's a big fishing lake with lots of ducks and swans.


There are also some alpacas and 3 rheas. I've not heard of these birds before. They have actually laid a whole load of eggs so we saw one of the birds take up position on top of them.


The other parts of Millets Farm Centre that we didn't visit this time include:
  • Children's Play Area - for once we managed to get Little Miss A passed a slide without her clambering to go down it! She was getting dozy in the pushchair, but I promised her that she could have a go next time we visit.
  • Farm Shop - if we didn't already have a full freezer and weren't going away soon, then I'd have definitely gone in here. 
  • Phoebe Wood - a ten-acre site comprising woodland and wetland walks. Right up our street, but Little Miss A was getting tired and we just didn't have time to do a walk today.
  • Pick your Own - definitely something I'd like to do with Little Miss A but when she's a bit older as I think too much of the fruit would get squished at the moment!
  • Falconry Centre - again, something else that would be good when Little Miss A is older. You do have to pay admission charges for this.

The whole Centre is really geared up to kids and families. There's so much to do. They seem to organise lots of different children's activities during the school holidays and opening on 18th July is a Maize Maze (admission charge applies - discount for booking online in advance). This looks like great fun. Each year there is a different theme (this year it's Food and Farming) and the pictures of the mazes from previous years are amazing. 

You can actually have a free day out at the Centre as the Beach, farm, playground and walks in Phoebe Wood are all free, and you can take your own food as there are lots of picnic areas to use. 

There's plenty to do to fill a whole day so I'd say it's worth the petrol and time to get there! Highly recommended for a visit!


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5 Responses to “Millets Farm Centre - Review”

  1. We go to Millets Farm quite often as it's a great place to entertain children without needing to spend anything. We reviewed the Falconry Centre when it first opened, it's well worth paying to visit, they have a lot of birds to view as well as the display itself.

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    1. It is a really great find. We'll definitely be paying another visit soon. Mr MoaB was interested in the Falconry Centre so we might do that next time.

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  2. This looks like a fab day out. I think it's such a clever idea to have the free entry and then allow parents to spend extra if they like. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

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    1. Great to link up as part of #WHWH. It is unusual to find somewhere that offers so much for free! We'll be visiting again for sure!

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  3. When will you be doing another article on this subject?

    Amela
    northamptonshire garden centre

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