Magic & Mystery: A day out at Hobbledown in Surrey
Trying to find a place for a lovely day out with a baby, a toddler and two older children is always a tad tricky, there are so many differing needs to take into consideration but Hobbledown in Epsom is the perfect place for families with children of all ages!
Hobbledown is a bit like a fantasy farm. It’s an adventure park meets Harry Potter and the magical, mystical element will certainly capture the minds of older children. Our daughter is eight, a Harry Potter fan and was completely taken with the quirky Hobbit-like world which is based on a novel written by Angela Kecojevic. As soon as we arrived, our kids loved being immersed in the mystical wonderland, they joined a craft activity to crack a code and learnt the calligraphy handwriting of the Hobbler language. Next, they enjoyed a pretend medieval sword-fight with knights before we headed to see the animals.
The farm part of Hobbledown is beautifully designed with cute hobble houses for all the animals and buckets of quaint elf-like charm.
There is a great range of animals for those of you with young children. There are the usual breeds of farm animals – Pigs, Goats, Hens and Geese – alongside the more exotic Meercats, Camels Alpacas, Rhea’s and Parrots. Best of all are the ones you can get up close to! In a carefully managed pen were guinea pigs and rabbits that the children can hold. Our kids loved having a cuddle with the rabbits!
Next, we made our way to a giant sandpit to search out the Crystallite stones. Like any mining area there are tunnels to explore, mazes to navigate and work to be done. It really is a well kitted out play area and again is perfect for all ages as there are tunnels, climbing walls and high ropes for the over fives as well as secret hiding places and bouncy pillows for younger guests. This adventure playground could easily take up your whole day but there was so much more to explore that we sat down for our picnic lunch before exploring the rest of what Hobbledown had to offer. My husband and eight-year-old had fun on the Aerial Adventure Course which is a treetop adventure full of rope exploring obstacles and a whizzy zip wire at the end.
Our three year old was most excited that she could try out zorbing – they had loads of go’s on this as it was so much fun – for adults too!
The weather was fine when we visited but there is also loads to do inside at Hobbledown making it a perfect place for an adventure, whatever the weather!
There’s an indoor sandpit with role play themed areas and sand machines to ferry the sand back and forth. My kids loved creating a ‘sand machine’ with some friends they made and gave themselves roles and jobs for mining!
The Hobbledown Barn houses two themed play areas with an indoor maze, we didn’t even have much time to explore here but it’s definitely one of the best soft play areas we’ve ever been to with a dance mat, sensory area for babies and a dinosaur climbing wall! We’d love to go back to explore more!
Hobbledown has facilities for small people completely nailed, there are brilliant family baby changing areas and a whole variety of reasonably priced food (although we took a picnic). There are healthy wraps as well as the standard fare of fish fingers and chips.
Our only minor setback was the toilets aren’t that close to the main adventure playground so make sure if you see a toilet – you get the kids to use it!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Hobbledown and we’d all head back without any reservations. It’s an absolutely brilliant day out – so much to see and do and I haven’t even touched upon the themed events they have every year. The Mucky Mayhem with foam parties and water play looks an absolute ball – a perfect summer activity! Can't get out of the house today? Mix up some Harry Potter potions at home instead.