Spring’s here and what’s better than spending it with the children’s favourite cartoon characters, Peter Rabbit! Last Sunday, we spent our entire day, from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening at Willows Activity Farm! Yes, there were that many activities to do! In fact, we wished we could have spent more time at the farm!
Sunday morning started off a wee bit cold but it did not dampen the children’s moods. They were so excited once they stepped into the compounds of Willow Activity Farm. Our first stop was at Cotton Tail Village, which is place for pretend-play for the little ones. Children need to be 120cm and under to play in the Village and this means all the 3 little ones qualify! It was a good and warm place to start off our Spring Surprise adventure since it was still nippy then.
After having the kids playing-pretend at the different corners of Cotton Tail Village, we decided to get them out as the weather was getting better. We then went to the JCB Young Drivers Zone where it was one of Ryan’s favourite part of the day. Ryan loves his tractors so you can imagine his excitement when the entire area was filled with these yellow JCB children tractors! He went wild!
Funfair rides are also available at Willow Activity Farm and the rides are all included in the ticket prices. So Ryan and Gillian went on multiple funfair rides! (Considering how these rides can cost up to £2 per ride at funfairs, I am really happy that the kids had their fill of rides at Willow Activity Farm!)
What’s a springtime fun without those bouncy castles! If I don’t recall wrongly, they have at least 3 of such bouncy castles at Willow Activity Farm. Whoopee! We definitely started and ended our day at Bouncy Haystacks! One thing that I found reassuring was that they have height restrictions for the small and and large bouncy haystacks so the little ones won’t be overwhelmed by the older kids.
Gillian also enjoyed more rides with Yiyi Kimberly(our official family photographer for 2016!) at the Country Funfair while Ryan went to kick some balls at a soccer station. My Topsy and Tim also enjoyed playing at the Squeeze and Squirt Station. It is one of the more popular stations among the kids.
The Tree House Adventure and Zip Wire were also conquered by the little ones.Definitely working off all their excess energy! (That night, both of them slept so soundly!)
Sand is always fun! My kids love playing with sand so when they saw The Big Dig, they just could not resist the temptation to just fiddle around with sand and the sand toys provided at the area.
Because we were there for the Springtime Special, the programme included live sheep shearing demonstrations by Tuck the Shepherd which I thought was an eye-opener. Obviously, coming from sunny Singapore, I have never seen sheep shearing before and so it was very interesting to me and to the kids!
We also managed to catch a show- Willows Has Talent Puppet Show which got Ryan and Gillian laughing and dancing. Very engaging and light-hearted performance put forward by the team.
WE MET PETER RABBIT! Hmm…it seems like I am the only happy looking one in the photo. But Ryan was so happy to see his favourite hero on Cbeebies!
PETER RABBIT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND!
Ultimate highlight of Willows Activity Farm! This playground is just awesome, with Peter Rabbit as its central theme. I like the make of the playground as the material used feels like they are made of real good and safe quality. Every section of the playground was interactive and engaging!
Jeremy Fisher Music Pond
Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and Treehouse
Kitchen and Laundry of Mrs Tiggy-winkle
We decided to take a break at the indoor Coffee Shop for lunch. It just so happens that Woolly Jumpers Indoor Playground was situated at the same place as well! I thought Gillian would be afraid of going down the slides. Turns out that I was wrong… she is definitely one thrill-seeker!
Despite the few photos posted here(due to my shaky hands and hence blurry pictures), the indoor playground was enormous fun! I think we spent at least an hour just going on the slides. As you can see from the pictures, the red slides were the craziest! Totally looked like free-fall from the top. Yet the kids were so daring…I mean other kids. Not Ryan and Gillian. Hahaha. They were only comfortable going on the Woolly Jumpers and the blue slide.
Once we were done with all the sliding, it was time for some action at Peter Rabbit Woodland Play Trail. It seem to be catered towards older children but with E’s help, Ryan and Gillian managed to complete the trail as well.
We ended the day at The FarmYard where the kids at the opportunity to pet the guinea pigs and feed the farm animals. In the beginning, Gillian was apprehensive about having the guinea pig on her lap. She became only friendlier much later when she started feeding the cute little thing. Ryan, on the other hand was not keen to even hold any animals. 😛
By the time we finished playing, it was 6pm and it was time to leave. The kids were obviously knackered given the amount play the had the entire day. They slept throughout the car journey and then got home, bathed and slept through the night.
The next morning, Ryan asked, ‘Are we going to the Peter Rabbit place again?‘ 🙂
It’s without a doubt that we will be back for more adventures at Willows Activity Farm soon.
What I liked about Willows Activity Farm?
- They actually have enough activities for families to spend a fun-filled day out. There was never a dull moment when we were there. In fact, we really liked the indoor slides. Even E was impressed by how exciting the slides were.
- Our interaction with the staff was awesome. They were friendly and caring towards children.
- The Peter Rabbit theme was consistent throughout the farm. Despite the sheer size of the farm and playground, everything was well-maintained.
- I liked how everything was included in the ticket prices. There was no need to restrict the kids to the number of rides and enjoy ourselves fully.
What I thought could be better?
- Food choices at the cafe was quite boring. I suppose we could bring our picnic there the next time. There are many plenty of outdoor picnic spaces. However, if I were to return, I would have my lunch/snack indoors as it would be near Woolly Jumpers Indoor Playground and cool slides.
- Remember to bring along your socks when visiting Willows Activity Farm. Places such as Cotton-Tail Village and Woolly Jumpers required socks to be worn when playing. If not, you can also purchase socks from the cafe at £1.
- To purchase tickets to visit Willows Activity Farm, please click on this link and it is much cheaper to purchase your tickets online! So why hesitate!
Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to Willows Activity Farm. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience.