Big Kids: Why you're never too old for Fisher's Farm Park
Fisher’s Farm Park turned out to be a brilliant way to occupy a mixed age range of kids, and their parents, really happily. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane for my two, who are at the top end of the age bracket at 7 and 9, so it’s been a while since we’ve visited a farm park like this. They soon forgot to be cool, however, and got stuck in with their 4-year-old cousin for an afternoon of outdoor adventure play.
Forget the kids though, my 30 something brother and I absolutely loved the jumping pillows, they sprung us right back into happy memories of a family holiday in Denmark where we first discovered the joys of bouncing like this. Turns out you are never too old for Fisher’s Farm Park and we had a great laugh trying to bounce the kids off.
Our visit coincided with the arrival of my brother’s second child; the cousins needed to let off some steam while mum and new baby rested. I don't get to see my brother as often as I would like, and we had lots to talk about, so I loved that the scale and design of Fisher’s Farm Park made it easy for grown ups to catch up. There are lots of little play areas kids can settle in for a while, whilst someone gets the teas in. Indoor soft play for a break from the rain, or sunshine on our visit.
Unfortunately the newest attraction, Skyfall hadn’t opened when we visited, or I think my brother and I would have been trying to line up with the kids to jump off a platform onto a giant pillow too. The video on You Tube is truly awesome! It’s a perfect example of the kind of unique, you won’t see everywhere fun experiences Fishers Farm Park specialises in providing.
There is a surprisingly wide variety of activities and always something new to do, from panning for gemstones to water rides, treehouses, zip wires and rescued and rare breed farm animals. Our visit was in the Easter holidays and my older kids found it a little bit frustrating that not everything was open at once, but when you take in the scope of activities on offer for the money, and the number of special timed activities, that’s pretty understandable.
The farm show is a chance to meet the larger farm animals and you can also take a tractor ride to see the sheep grazing. This was a big hit with my nephew, although who doesn't love a tractor ride? When we visited in April there were lambs to admire, sunning themselves under heat lamps in the barn. You can get right up close to a variety of animals in the Animal Handling Sessions in the Animal Encounters Barn. There’s rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, ducklings and even some tortoises to meet.
The Barn theatre is also used for family film nights, magic shows and discos. No wonder this is my nephew’s favourite place to go back to again and again.
It’s the novel little things as much as the big, and old is as exciting as new here. Go Karts and JCB diggers were a real highlight, and lots of time was spent in deep concentration, moving piles of sand around. Old fashioned swing boats were just as exciting for our kids as zip wires.
When it is time to refuel, you can eat and soft play at Cafe Moo Moo or enjoy a sit-down meal in the rather pretty Saddle Rooms restaurant which has log fires in winter, and sing-a-long piano playing in the holidays. We really appreciated the waitress service as self-service with kids can be exhausting on a day out. After a late lunch, we may have wet my new nephew’s head with a celebratory beer while watching the kids have one last fling in the soft play area, we’d survived a fantastic day out with three kids completely unscathed! I can’t wait to go back with my new nephew next time too.
Prices start at £9.25 for an adult or child low season day ticket to £15.25 in high season. This includes full entry to the park and all play zones.
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