We met a friend at Manor farm and Woodlands back in the summer. It’s located near Loughborough in Leicestershire and is a relatively large farm park. We spent many hours there and to be honest Jamie did not want to leave.
Our Visit to Manor Farm And Woodlands – A Review
Upon arrival, you enter a small wooden shed to pay for your tickets. I was half expecting them to only accept cash but luckily they accept cards. The reception for this isn’t great, but it worked. We met friends there because it was an equal distance between our houses. I hadn’t actually paid much attention to the entrance price and I was surprised to see that it was almost £10 at weekends and during school holidays. This is almost as much as White Post Farm which is a lot bigger.
I paid £8.50 for myself and £7.50 for Jamie. Under 2’s are free and you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for £28. Prices are £1 cheaper during the week and a family ticket is £24. We were both very surprised after paying this to see that some of the extra activities came at an additional cost, which I will mention below. If you are paying this much to get in I think it should be an all inclusive price and perhaps limit people to just one turn at everything. Please check their website for opening times and possible price changes.
They are closed on Mondays unless it’s a bank holiday Monday. The farm is open Tuesdays – Saturdays for most of the year. They are closed on a Sunday from early November until mid-March.
Play and Picnic Area at Manor Farm and Woodlands
The map you are given of the park is really hard to understand and could do with improving. Right by the entrance is one of two outdoor playgrounds. It has two sections to it and there’s plenty for the little ones to play on.
The picnic area is shown above. There are a few benches, including a covered picnic area. The bonus is that there is plenty for kids to play on and my photo doesn’t actually show all of it. We had taken a picnic that day so it was nice to sit for a bit while the kids played.
The animals at Manor Farm near Loughborough
They have indoor and outdoor animals at the farm. Inside there is a big room with rabbits & guinea pigs, reptiles and parrots. They had animal petting on twice during our visit in this room.
Outside they have a few acres of paddocks with geese, ducks, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats and ponies. Most of the animals at Manor farm have been rescued. They do not breed any of their animals.
It took us a long time to walk around all the outdoor animals. Especially as there are other things to discover along the way. You will find one of the largest collections of owls in the UK which I will mention more about later.
The path goes off in two directions. If you carry on past the owls it will take you down to a picturesque lake.
This is a really beautiful spot and we even spotted a heron and some ducklings out with their Mummy. You will find some sand play down here and a pirate ship for a bit of imaginative play.
There is also a nature trail in this part of the farm park.
Another Outdoor Playground
If you take the left turn down past the soft play barn and float stop you will come to more fields for the animals. If you head down to the end of the path tramadult.com there is a nice walkway into the trees. You will eventually come to another outdoor play area. Through the woods there is an adventure play fort, wooden train, pretend horse and kart, mini football pitch, play sets, swings and more. We hadn’t realised, during our visit, that there are actually some more toilets here. Which is a good job as it was a long way back to the toilets near the entrance and also the ones at the play barn for my friend.
Feeding the animals at Manor Farm
Unlike most farm parks you can’t buy a bag of food as you enter the park. Here they limit the animal feeding and during our visit, you were allowed to help feed the goats just a couple of times that day. There was no additional cost for helping.
Indoor play barn
This was something rather different! There was a middle section with soft play bits for babies. Plus some really fun play equipment for older kids. There was a track with peddle karts and tractors and a ball area for playing football. There was a very large pirate ship for the kids to play on with all sorts of fun themed accessories including a skeleton in a coffin. Then opposite this, there is a spooky castle with secret rooms and corridors to explore. The kids loved it and could have happily spent another hour in there. There is also a second café located here. The other one being near the entrance. The play barn is heated when needs be.
Extra things to do
OK let’s talk extras. No one is saying you have to do these things but if you have a kid like mine then it’s obvious that you will have to fork out some more money. There is a daily schedule of what’s on not only on the map but also on a board in the animal barn.
Owl holding – Over at Hoots Owls, they have over 40 owls from around the world. For a few hours that day, it was possible to go along and hold an owl for £1. I did notice someone being charged per bird. Luckily Jamie wasn’t bothered as he’d already been promised a ride on the donkey and the milk float.
Donkey Rides – For 15 minutes, twice a day, your child can ride on a donkey for £1.50. It was good to see that they use riding helmets here and someone stayed next to Jamie throughout the ride.
Float rides – They have an old milk float that starts from by the play barn and goes down to the fort adventure playground. The day we visited they had the float running every hour for three hours. It is just 50p per person to ride on Ernie the milk float. It certainly was a first.
Events at Manor Farm and Woodlands
Quote from their website “We often host a number of family activity days throughout the year, previous examples being Easter Fundays, a Halloween special, willow craft days and, of course, our Christmas events when we have enjoyed a visit by Santa and Rudolph and hosted our Nativity Play!”
All in all, we did have a lovely day out. There was plenty to do and we could have spent longer there. It would be nice to see the charged activities included in the price. We would certainly consider visiting again.
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