Most farm parks we give a wide birth to when it’s a rainy day. White post farm in Farnsfield, near Mansfield Nottinghamshire, however, we don’t. It’s a perfect all weather, all year round farm park. We love going there as there’s so much to do, come rain or shine. In this post, I will outline everything that you can do there on a rainy day. Believe you me there’s more than enough to fill a day. There is, of course, plenty to do outside as well but hey there’s no need to get wet if you can’t help it.
Although you will have to walk from barn to building to get to these indoor areas they are all relatively close together and easy to walk between. Some also lead from one to the other.
When you arrive at White Post farm you usually pay inside the gift shop. This is where you collect your wristbands for the day even if you have purchased your tickets online in advance or have an annual pass. I recommend that you buy a bag or two of food for the animals and birds when you collect your wristbands in the gift shop.
If it’s a rainy day you need to know where to head to first. The first indoor attraction is straight ahead from the shop exit and slightly right this is……..
Reptiles and Creepy Crawlies
There’s a lot of tanks to look at in the Reptile and Creepy crawlies building. There are two rooms. One has a large fish tank which you can get really close to some pretty big fish, there are quite a few reptiles for sale in this room and usually, you will find a very large snake in this room. Next door there are even more tanks to look in with plenty of small creatures, tortoises, turtles, fish and much much more. This is also where there will be regular reptile meet and greets throughout the day. My son has met many different reptiles in here over the years.
If you leave this room via an internal middle door you will enter an indoor picnic area. From here there is an undercover walkway with ornamental animals that then leads to:
Silver Barn & Incubator Room
Silver barn is a large indoor room with many animals, most of which you can feed so long as you purchased 4 legged and 2 legged food from the shop. There are plenty of places to wash your hands in here as well which is great as a lot of farm parks we struggle to find hand wash stations. There’s a small incubator room off to the right of silver barn and if you are lucky you may well see a chick hatching. This is an interesting room for kids as they have different stages of egg to chick most of the year.
In the large silver barn you will find plenty of goats, sheep, reindeer, rabbits, ducks, chickens, small birds and much more. We often spend quite a long time in this barn.
If you head to the back left of silver barn you will then enter into the show barn and the indoor play:
Show Barn & Indoor Play
Entering the show barn there are lots of benches and a stage where they often put on a small show most days. Please check the board or leaflet for the show time. The show is usually aimed at smaller children. Sometimes they have a character walking around in this area who will pose for photos with your child.
One of my son’s favourite things to do is the astroturf slope in the show barn. Kids (and adults) can sit on a round plastic tray with handles and zoom down the slope.
You will also find the soft play in this barn. It’s small but there have never been too many kids on at one time, mostly because there’s so much to do! My son always manages to spend a lot of time here and it’s often not easy to persuade him away.
They have some smaller soft animal hoppers for toddlers to play on next to the soft play. If you fancy painting a pot (at a small charge) you will find this in the show barn. They also have daily opportunities to meet small animals either in the show barn or the play barn next door. There are usually mice, guinea pigs and chicks available for the kids to hold and stroke. We have rarely left without my son holding one of each.
Next door you will find the main play barn. If there is a Halloween or Christmas event on you will find access in here to one of their themed indoor trails which goes into the sand barn.
Also in here, there is another mini slope for the kids to ride down plastic trays on. It is winter themed and looks like snow.
There are two play sheds in the play barn with many toys for little ones to play with, perfect for imaginative play. They have provided some benches for the adults to sit on and chill out while their little ones play.
To the right of the play barns they often have a mini pony fence jumping set. Kids can hop into a toy horse outfit (or dinosaur) and jump over the mini jumps.
Once your kids have managed to do everything there is to do in all of these rooms and you’ve perhaps already managed to fit in some lunch it’s a good idea to walk through all of these buildings back to the two reptile and creepy crawlie rooms. (that’s if it’s still raining!). From there head outside and up to the:
This isn’t a particularly big room but if your kids like small furry animals then this is a good place to stop and get out of the rain.
Once you’ve visited the rodent room head on outside and across the way to the walk-in aviary. There are lots of small birds in here and a birdseed machine that you can purchase some seed from and try to tempt the little birds down and on to your hand.
The tractor ride isn’t essentially indoors, however, the tractor is covered so you will minimise getting wet. This is charged at £1 per person and there is a discount for those with an annual pass. It is a few minutes tractor trailer ride around the outskirts of white post farm.
Sand Barn (events barn)
If you head behind the meerkat’s enclosure (next to the walk-in aviary) you will come to the tucked away sand barn. This has a relatively large indoor sand area with smaller slides for toddlers and a big tube slide for older children. This is accessed by a wobbly rope walkway so make sure your children are confident enough before they head up there. Also in the sand barn you will find a few ride ons and a play shed.
And if the rain stops
If the rain does stop or you can brave the rain there is plenty outside to explore. There’s an adventure playground plus other play equipment including go-karts and trampolines. You can walk around the outdoor paddocks and feed the sheep, goats, llamas and more.
If you book online in advance you can make savings on your day entry tickets. Currently, online an adult ticket is £8.95 for an adult and £8.77 for a child. These prices are subject to change. White post farm is open most of the year and opens at 10am. Children under 2 are free.