Last weekend we donned our wellies and woolies and took our little cub to visit Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, near Bourton on the Water. The park has just reopened after a winter break and lambing is in full swing! The park really does cater for all ages and weather, with a daily schedule of activities such as bottle feeding, seasonal talks, meet the farmyard animals and our favourite, the farm safari!
We started our day by visiting the lambing shed, where until the end of April you can watch pregnant ewes give birth and we were lucky enough to see twin lambs being born! The helpful staff were on hand to answer our questions, and also carried out the seasonal lambing talks, which take place four times a day.
Next it was time for a pit-stop so we took advantage of the under-cover Milk Churn Coffee Bar and enjoyed our hot chocolates while our little cub explored the Adventure Barn and played on the ride-on tractors. There’s also a giant sand pit with separate baby area and JCB diggers to play on but be warned, trying to remove a tractor-mad toddler may prove tricky – good job the hot chocs are so good!
Before lunch we headed to the farm safari, a 30 minute tour around the farm in a tractor and trailer! This was a lot of fun, and so informative with a tour around the farm’s 5,000 acres and a behind the scenes view of the farm. The safaris are scheduled for every hour and even though the park was clearly busy, we didn’t have to queue.
New for 2019 is the Ox Shed cafe, which provides delicious locally sourced snacks and meals with an especially tempting selection of cakes. We however had decided to take a picnic and were pleasantly surprised by the amount of clean, under-cover seated areas provided.
After lunch it was time to meet the animals and we loved visiting the pets corner where you can hold tiny chicks, (which tested the boundaries of our toddler’s grasp of ‘gentle’!) stroke guinea pigs and get up close to the rare breed animals. It was also great to learn about the different breeds, and the history of the farm which is now run by Countryfile’s own rather dashing Adam Henson.
Before heading home we went for a bounce on the giant bouncing pillows and then to the indoor soft play area, which is great for toddler age and below. We unsuccessfully negotiated our way past the outdoor ride on tractors and maze before our little cub crashed out on the way home. If you do get chance, have a browse in the newly refurbished shop on the way out, which stocks a lovely selection of home-wares, farm inspired toys and Cotswold Baby Co favourites, Frugi, which you can also shop here!
The park is open every day from 10.30 – 5 and tickets are £14 for adults, £8.50 for toddlers and under 1s go free. You can also buy an annual membership pass, which provides great value for those living close by. We really enjoyed our visit and are already planning our next trip; top of our list for next time is the rare breeds trail and the wildlife walk when the weather warms up a little.
We had such a lovely day out at the Cotswold Farm Park and would highly recommend it as a fantastic family day out in the Cotswolds!