Earlier this week, we went to the National Forest Adventure Farm which is located in Burton upon Trent, within an hours drive from Stafford, Stoke, Nottingham, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester etc. We are only 30 minutes away, driving up the A38. There is plenty of free parking plus disabled parking right at their entrance.
This year, National Forest Adventure Farm are aiming to break the Guinness World record for the largest display of scarecrows! The best scarecrow creations will win an annual family pass to the farm. You can either bring your ready-made scarecrows into the farm or make one in their Scarecrow Workshop for free if you bring your own clothes or for just £1, they will provide everything you need to make one!
After you make your scarecrow, remember to tweet your selfie photo with a hashtag #scarecrowworldrecord #scarecrowselfie. This is my children and I choosing clothing for the scarecrow.
Inside the compound, there are plenty of outdoor and indoor play areas. Both my children were so excited when they saw the big bouncing pillow! Ms C found it hard to climb on the big bouncing pillow as there were a lot of people bouncing and she was wearing stockings. She then moved over to the smaller bouncing pillow and then went onto the inflatable assault course.
Later, both of them were very tired and we had our lunch with their teddy bears. Yes, we had a teddy bear picnic!
Then they continued to play on the climbing frame, drove the pedal racers and played in the sand pit. It’s nice they had plenty of buckets and spades so we didn’t need to bring our own.
Next we went into the animal barn to feed and stroke the guinea pigs. They were very happy for you to get so close to them! There were also chicks, rabbits, piglets, chipmunks and reindeers in the barn. If you would like to groom the pony, feed the lambs or collect eggs, check out their timetable.
After the farm, we ventured into the mini maize maze. Each year (from July to September, please check the dates beforehand), there will be a maize maze. There is a big maize maze (which might take an hour) or a mini maize maze (20 minutes) for you to choose. We chose the later one as Ms C was very tired from walking! Each child gets their own flag, just in case they get lost and needed help. Mr K lead the way to find the five clues. Once we completed the maze, each child got a free lollipop!
Then we went onto visit the kitchen garden to look for bugs and ride on the quad barrel ride. After we came home, both of them told their dad that the quad barrel ride was the best ride ever! They were very impressed with it.
Just before we left, I let Mr K go into the water splash out where he got soaked with water. If you have older children, you might want to bring a swimwear or extra clothing for them to get changed. There are plenty of hideouts and water hoses. Parents should beware that sometime the children spray out of the net!
I am very pleased to say that it was a fantastic day out with plenty of stuff to see, do and play for all ages and there were plenty of seats around the place. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Also the ticket price is very reasonable which is great if you intend to go a few times.
Disclosure: We received a free day out to do this honest review. Images used with permission. Personal photos took by Samsung Galaxy K Zoom #GalaxyKZoom.