I find one of the joys of being an older parent is being made to feel all young again visiting lots of places with my pre-schooler. Whereas most of our friends have children who ditched nappies long long ago I will be with my changing bag for some time yet. It is of course fine and life is fun as we are thoroughly enjoying our summer so far heading to visitor attractions most of which remind me of my childhood. I say that and I never actually went to a farm when I was young but I did go to local zoo’s and remember seeing lots of animals which is where my interest in animals started.
Mr M and I are trying to take advantage of the little sunshine hours we have in this Country recently taking a trip to Bocketts Farm Park set in the beautiful Surrey countryside. It was particularly warm on the day so armed with Nivea SPF 50 and lots of snacks we arrived after a short drive and purchased our tickets. This is the only negative I feel I need to write which is that adult entry costs £9.50 and child entry (3-17yrs) costs £9.95, Jay is three next year but I must admit paying £8.30 as he is nearly two and a half still seems dear to me. Then again I have seen higher admission costs elsewhere so I guess this isn’t so bad in comparison. Mr M purchased a bag of animal food for the animals that you are allowed to feed and as soon as our wrist bands were on we set off to explore our surroundings.
Bag of animal feed 95p,
Tractor and Trailer ride £1.25 per person,
Pony Rides (3-12 years old only) £2.00 per ride,
Electric tractors and diggers £1 per ride,
Gold Panning £2 per pan (seasonal),
Water Wars £1 per bucket (seasonal).
Being a working farm, there are always baby animals to see including kids, piglets and chicks and ducklings. There are extensive play areas and facilities for children of all ages. Inside are two play barns ‘ with a 70ft 4-lane astroslide which Jay and his daddy went on twice. There are also trampolines and rides on tractors. We took a 15 mins tractor ride at the start of our visit which I thought was lovely and it was good to see that there were wash areas especially after feeding the animals. We didn’t get to see the pig race may be next time!
There are also adventure trails, and a jumping pillow although Jay wasn’t that interested in the pillow and much preferred the wooden maze. The farm also has an 18th-century barn converted into a tea room and a sand pit nearby. We of course loved the gift shop but sadly were too late to purchase fresh farm eggs which taste so much better than shop bought.
During half term there are various farm activities offered so always worth checking online perhaps. I know we will return when Jay is a little older as he will be able to understand much more. He particularly loved the small animals and was fascinated by chickens and the degus. I can’t wait to go when spring lambing begins and see the birds of prey flying demonstrations.
We did film our visit which you can see on my YouTube channel and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the farm, judging by Jay’s face he had an entertaining time. If you can get here the address is Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, KT22 9BS. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. I do feel that farm visits are incredibly educational and a wonderful way for children to learn and respect animals.
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