Boy the weather has been a bit hit and miss recently hasn't it? One day we have beautiful sunshine and it's scorching hot and the next? Torrential rain. When we saw that Willows Activity Farm had a Spring special on we really wanted to go but it was completely and utterly weather dependent. On the very last day of the event we were very happy to see that it was forecast to be hot and sunny and therefore we decided that would be our day. Talk about cutting it fine!
Willows Activity Farm is about 20 minutes drive from us and is a truly wonderful place. We took Zach there on his second birthday and loved it but since our last visit, a lot has changed and we were excited to see what it was now like.
When we arrived, the weather wasn't exactly how they said it would be but alas, soon enough the sun came out and the suncream was being piled on! As it was a Spring special, there was a packed out programme for the day and immediately we were in the 'meet the animals' zone. This was an absolute favourite part of Zach's day because he got to feed lots of animals, sit down with a guinea pig and watch some very cute piglets running around.
Next up we went off the sheep racing event. Yep, sheep racing.This was the other half and I's favourite part of the day! The sheep were all lined up, we'd all picked out our colours from the tote and marks, set, race!! It was so funny and the sheep really went for it! We didn't win but had so much fun watching them with their little furry jockeys on their backs!
Straight after this we headed off to Peter Rabbit's Song Time over in the Peter Rabbit theatre. Zach loved this and was so happy to see Peter up on stage. He was joining in with the dancing until he got a bit shy and came over to us to watch with intent!
Then, it was time to give into the demands of the child – for there are bouncy castles and a bouncy slide at Willows and he was desperate to get on them from the moment we got in there! We spent a while there, as you can imagine and he went on the little funfair rides too which was very cute when he instantly made a friend and they both refused to get off! We allowed them 3 goes in the end befoe having to drag them away! Then they ended up on the swings together! My boy makes friends wherever he goes!
After we had managed to get him away, we stopped for lunch. They do have a cafe on site but we had decided to take a packed lunch (usually we aren't that organised) so we found a little picnic bench and sat on down for a munch near the playground. It was perfect because when Zach had finished, he went off to play in the park while we could see him perfectly from where we were. He then managed to drah daddy onto the mini trampolines for some fun!
After lunch it was time to go to Zach's next request – Tristan the runaway tractor! This runs all day and does a full circle round some very bumpy parts of the farm. Because of this and because of the fact that I am 6 months pregnant, I decided to sit this one out and let the two of them go on alone.
After Tristan, we headed on over to Peter Rabbits Playground. This is absolutely fantastic and is a brand new feature at the farm. Zach absolutely loved it, found more friends and the three of them were running around like absolute loons pretending to run away from Mr McGregor. This section of the farm is huge and seperated into different sections from the show, like the kitchen and laundry of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr McGregors Garden which is where Zach spent most of his time. There is also a huge play 'treehouse' which is super cool. We spent a lot of time in this area and Zach was exhausted by the end of it!
To cool him down, we went off to the outdoor stage where they were doing a demonstration of pony grooming and found some shade to sit in whilst we waited for the demo. When we went to take a seat at the stage, we were abandoned as Zach spotted the friend he made from Peter Rabbit's playground and went to sit with her family!
We finished off with another go on the merry go round, some time over in the park and some time in the JCB young drivers zone. Pretty much the only thing we didn't do was go into the soft play – we had intended on doing so but he was so hot and exhausted, there was just no need to wear him out even more!
It was then time to head off and find some dinner somewhere and hope that Zach wouldn't fall asleep in the car (he did!). We did manage to get him to eat despite his exaustion when we went to Harvester in Hatfield and then he somehow managed to stay awake on the drive home.
We had an absolutely wonderful day at Willows Activity Farm. The thing we love most is that once you are in, everything is included within the price. So they can go on the merry go round and bouncy slide as many times as they want without you having to keep digging down into your pocket! Also, something very important is the toilet facilities. Plenty of them and amazingly thought out…every single cubicle has a fold down changing table and the mens has changing facilities too. Thumbs up Willows!
We'll definitely try and head back there for their Summer Spectacular which is taking place from 23rd July – 4th September. Although I will be very heavily pregnant so I might just sit and eat ice creams all day long!
Here is a little round up video of our day at Willows! I couldn't resist those little piglets and racing sheep on film!
We were very kindly sent complimentary tickets for the purpose of this post but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.