The first time I went to Finkley Down Farm I was a child myself and the only real memory I have about it, was that I got a little bag of animal food to feed the animals. When I was little there wasn’t many places that you were able to do this and it has stuck with me.
Finkley Down Farm has so much to offer for a day out and when it added an indoor play barn a couple of years ago it was the cherry on the top. Somewhere to go if we had a shower of rain, which can often be the case with the British weather.
So, when they invited us along to their Easter Weekend of fun, we jumped at the chance. We planned to arrive when it opened to make the most of the only day of the weekend it was going to be dry and we weren’t the only ones.
We had a short queue to get into the farm, but it moved quickly with four people on the entrance door. The queue to get in was constant until after lunchtime, everyone was making the most of the sunny Good Friday, but it didn’t feel overcrowded.
We were handed a sheet for the Easter Trail and we had to find Easter Eggs dotted around the farm with a question to answer.
We brought our bag of animal food for 90p, checked out the times of when we could see and hold the animals. Alice loves to hold the rabbits and we didn’t want to miss it.
We headed over to the touch and feel barn where they had the new baby chicks which you could hold. Alice wasn’t too sure about it and watched with daddy, but Holly was intrigued and she loved seeing the little chick in her bucket.
When we finished Alice came running over to tell me there was a horse outside called Holly, so of course we had to head out to introduce our Holly to the horse. Such beautiful animals…
All around the farm are lots of wash basins and at child height, to wash our hands after handling the animals.
Next stop was the tractors, siting on the real ones and then having ago on the play ones. I can’t wait until Holly can do this on her own, my back ached!!
Alice couldn’t wait to go on the big slide over in the park area before we had lunch. Alice really worries me when she climbs up these big slides, but she takes after me and loves the thrill of them.
I left her with Andy, knowing she was going to go up and down, repeat a 100 times and took Holly over to the Little Tikes park.
They have a gated area, that has lots of different Little Tikes slides and playhouses. Holly took a liking to a house and was fascinated with the concept of going in and out the door, don’t you just love how such simple things can keep them entertained for ages.
Alice then joined us and before we headed in for lunch, the girls had a quick go on the swings, something they both love to do.
Normally when we go on a day out in the spring/summer, we like to take a picnic. I find it easier to know that I have food for the girls that they will like and we can eat when we want to. Especially with Holly, who at the moment wants her lunch at 11.30pm. We decided it was probably going to be too cold to sit outside for a picnic and we would buy lunch from the cafe.
There are lots of picnic tables and room for everyone. As we headed over to The Moody Cow Cafe, Andy grabbed us one, as it turned out to be a really sunny day. We even took our coats off!
The queue was already long when we joined it and I was pleased we had headed in at 11.30am and that I had brought Holly’s lunch with us, so Andy could feed her while Alice and I queued. They have lots of highchairs that you can take outside too, which was perfect for Holly. Trying to balance a nineteen month old on a picnic bench is never easy.
For children you could choose either a hot meal for £3.95 or a picnic box, any five items for £4.25. Alice had the picnic box, she loves to take her time picking the five items and there was a good variety. They also had a selection of Ella’s Kitchen pouches available to buy and a microwave to heat up any baby food or bottles.
It was very busy and we had to wait forty minutes until we were served. I will definitely take a picnic next time, as they have lots of picnic tables inside too that we could have used.
After lunch Alice wanted to play in the indoor soft play barn. There are three areas to this, the under two’s area, under five’s area and a large soft play where younger children need to be accompanied.
Alice and Holly both enjoyed the under five section, it is built like a giant soft fire engine and there was lots to keep them entertained. Alice also went with Andy to the large soft play area to go down the big slide, while Holly and I carried on playing. It was great to give Holly some freedom to play.
It was then time for Holly’s nap and Andy took her for a little walk, while Alice and I headed to the trampolines. Even though we have a one at home, Alice still loves to have a jump. There were four large trampolines and Alice loved it.
Andy then joined us with a sleeping Holly and we went to the gift shop and brought an ice cream. It was lovely sat out in the sunshine.
Afterwards Andy took Alice for a play in the large sandpit and I enjoyed ten minutes to myself before Holly woke up and we joined them.
It was then time to head over to the rabbit barn, this is always popular, so get there early. We sat down with a piece of carpet on the girls lap and they passed round the cutest rabbits. This was Holly’s first time to hold a rabbit and she loved it.
There is so much to do at Finkley Down Farm and we certainly couldn’t fit it all in. At least it’s a good excuse to go back again…
Disclosure: We were invited along to Finkley Down Farm for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.