A Review of Hayrack Church Farm

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A review of Hayrack Church Farm - a small, friendly farm in Thornton le Moors. It's on the A5117 road between Helsby and Cheshire Oaks.

At least a couple of times a week we drive past Hayrack Church Farm so it's been on our list to pay a visit! Last week provided the perfect opportunity as I needed something to do with the kids but didn't want to go too far.

As we entered the Cafe, Little Miss A immediately spotted the Reptile Room so this is where we started. Creatures included tortoises, terrapins, snakes, bearded dragons, an iguana and more. Little Miss A kept wanting to be lifted up to get a better look at the snakes - I'm really not a fan so was holding her up whilst looking the other way! She just kept saying 'Wicked'!

We then paid our entrance fee and headed out to the farm. There was much more variety of animals than I was expecting. The usual suspects of goats, sheep, rabbits, cows but also the more unusual such as Raccoon Dogs and Asian Foxes.

I had Master R in his pushchair and it was easy enough to push him around on the paths. I let him loose when we were in the play area.

It was really quiet when we visited. We were there a couple of hours and there were just 3 other adults each with a child.

We popped in to the cafe for a hot chocolate half way through our visit. There's a good range of food and drink on offer. Plus a variety of ice-cream.

Little Miss A was keen to go in the play area. The equipment is definitely aimed at her age and above. It was a shame there wasn't anything suitable for Master R, not even a baby swing.

I'd previously seen on Hayrack Church Farm Facebook page that there was a soft play room that was free and open term time however I think this must have stopped as the room was empty where it looked like this was. A real shame as this would have definitely been a bonus and we'd have spent longer there.

Signage in the car park could be better. I drove in but then doubted I was in the right place at all. You have to enter through what looks like a front door and this takes you in to the cafe. Then from there you go through to the farm.

Next door to the Cafe is a Butcher's and Farm Shop which we didn't visit.

It costs £2 per person to go around the farm (under 2s are free). You can also purchase bags of animal feed.

For a couple of hours out it was good to visit this farm. Little Miss A has asked to go back so I'm sure we will at some point but the let down for me is that there's not enough to entertain Master R as there was no soft play and nothing in the play area he could go on. A real shame as it is so local.

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