Even though it was raining cats and dogs yesterday, it didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves at the National Forest Adventure Farm. They have plenty of indoor soft play areas that are suitable for ages. Also, the Halloween activities like the Scare School, Broomstick Training, and Witch Whispers take place in the indoor Courtyard café area.
We first headed off to the Pumpkin patch to pick the free pumpkins so that we can get an early pick of the best ones (subject to availability). Each child gets a free pumpkin (paying the full entry price) and if you want additional pumpkins, you can buy one at a small cost and additional cost for pumpkin carving.
Mr K was so excited that he wandered off to look for the best looking huge pumpkins. We saw a family who managed to find three of the largest pumpkins we’ve ever seen that they needed a pram and foldable trolley to transport it! Mr C and Ms C managed to pick up a nice looking pumpkin which weighs like a ton! We somehow managed to squeeze it into a cloth shopping bag without ripping it.
Then we headed off to the animal farm area to look around while the rain had eased. Both children still love bouldering (traversing) across the JCB climbing wall. They had a little play before heading to the sandpit.
Later, it started to rain heavily again so we all went exploring the Spooky Hotel which is located inside the Event Barn. It was quite scary and fun at the same time. Both children loved it and wanted to go in again. The actors and actresses did a grand job scaring us with their great spooky effects.
They also have the outdoor paintball shooting range for which there is an additional cost to play. You pay £2 for 25 paintballs or £3.50 for 50 paintballs, or alternatively you can trade in your pumpkin ticket to play. We went for 100 paintballs and both children had a go. The paint ball gun is quite bulky for the children but with Mr C’s help, they all managed to hit the targets. It was a fun experience!
National Forest Adventure Farm is located in Burton upon Trent, within an hour’s drive from Stafford, Stoke, Nottingham, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester etc. There is plenty of free parking plus disabled parking right at their entrance. They are open throughout the year but do check out their upcoming events like Half Term Halloween Spook-tacular (23 October- 1 November), Screamfest and Christmas (28 November – 24 December). Do remember that if you book online, you could save 10% off the ticket price.
Disclosure: We were provided free entrance to write about our experience.