The National Forest Adventure farm offers outdoor and indoor adventures. The farm park is in Tatenhill, Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire. It includes a large indoor soft play area, outdoor activities and farm animals. Throughout the year the farm has a variety of themed events which will provide additional activities for everyone to get involved in. Including Easter activities, Summer Maize Maze, Halloween “Screamfest” and lots more. In addition to all the areas to explore they have an on-site café and plenty of picnic areas. If you are looking for a great day out that has plenty of options, regardless of the weather, this is the place for you.
Our Day Out
We visited the Adventure Farm during their Easter Eggstraveganzer so we got to enjoy lots of fun-filled activities on top of what is available every day. Let’s start first with the things you will find there outside of the event. (some are subject to change based on season eg lamb feeding).
The first big bonus is that the car park is big and ample for lots of visitors even during their busiest timing. Plus even with all the wet weather and snow the car park and paths throughout the farm were dry and mud free!
JCB Big Dig Zone
My son was very excited to be at the farm, even more so when the first thing he spotted was sand and diggers. You have to pay extra, £1, to dig in their JCB stone pit on a JCB. But if you didn’t want to you could easily sit and play, enjoy the toys in the large sand pit or climb their JCB outdoor climbing wall.
They also have mini quad bikes in this area, also chargeable at £1. We didn’t try them out as my son was too eager to go and feed the lambs. We didn’t get time to go back but they look like lots of fun.
The Animal Barn
We loved the set up inside the Animal barn. My son thought it was really funny that the guinea pigs live in a little town. Because of the time of year we visited we got to see piglets and lambs. Along with rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs and donkeys.
They also had the lamb bottle feeding here (special feature and is not always available). We have been to lots of farms and fed lots of lambs but I was particularly impressed with the organisation here. Each child was given a token which assigned them to a group so the number of children was restricted and everyone got a turn. (something we personally have had issues with in the past at other farms).
The lambs were inside a pen and all the children sat around the outside on hay bales. One lamb for each side. Then a farmer brought both the lambs out and set a race, which ever lamb finished first that side would be declared the champions. We got a little demonstration on how to feed the lamb correctly and then we commenced the bottle feeding race! All the children got two turns each to feed the lamb, and everyone truly enjoyed it.
We took a little walk around the paddocks to feed the animals. What you will see here will vary and if you go in winter they will all be empty. But we got to feed some sheep and some lambs. The good thing about the animal food here is that they are in little tubs plus you get a bag. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ended up with animal food all over the floor when eager hands have ripped through the standard paper bags but no such worries here.
Jurassic Canyon Sand Pit and Fossil Dig
More Sand! This time themed from Jurassic Park with a little bone bridge and plenty to explore and dig. Even when it started to rain a little the children just did their digging inside a wooden shelter.
Barrel Stampede Ride
What a great idea!. This is basically a tractor which pulls around barrels full of children. It was a little frustrating as we joined the queue only to be told after waiting it was pausing for 30 minutes as it only runs for 30 minutes. Thankfully with distraction my son was happy to wait and we set an alarm to make sure we went back on time and didn’t miss the next slot. It was worth the wait and they also allow the children to stay on the ride for another turn if nobody was waiting in the line.
Wow! This was amazing. Lambing live is in the Ewe maternity ward and you literally, if you are lucky, will see lambs being born or just born. We missed the grand entrance of a lamb that had just arrived. But it raised some interesting questions from my son about the “red fluid” hanging out and how things arrive and if he had that when he was in my tummy!
One of the other fun things inside here is Suzy the simulator sheep, for anyone who wants to deliver their very own lamb with the added bonus that the teddy will go back inside so you can take as many turns as you like. Lambing live is only available from 11th Feb until April 23rd but it was one of the highlights of our visit so if you can go, Go!
They have 2 jumping pillows here. One smaller for younger children and a larger one for older children. We actually went on the larger pillow and had lots of fun jumping but even more fun sliding down the pillow.
They also have around this area, that we didn’t get to try out, was the water splash out (not yet open), beat the goalie game and an assault course. We were looking forward to trying out the assault course but had to escape to the inside when the rain got very heavy towards the end of our day.
Indoor Play and Scarecrow Joes
I have been to dedicated soft play centres that don’t have as much as they do here at the Adventure farm. The main play frame is very big and has a number of slides also including drop slides. In addition to the large frame they have two smaller ones. One of those is for younger children and one dedicated to bricks.
We spent a long time playing with bricks and sending them up the frame in a conveyor belt system before sliding them back down. You could easily spend several hours here just for the soft play.
Scarecrow Joes is the on-site restaurant. We had a picnic which they have dedicated seating for inside a marquee. We didn’t need to eat here but we wanted to grab a snack and a drink.
They certainly seem to have ample choice. I was a little disappointed at the information available for allergies and the assumption when I asked about allergy information that I needed gluten free was frustrating (not all allergies are gluten!). I didn’t manage to find out if any cakes were dairy free so we stuck with crisps, tea for me and a juice. It’s really the only negative I have about our day and something that’s easy to fix.
Easter Eggstravaganza at the Adventure Farm
We visited the farm during one of their many special events. Themed activities are available in addition to what they have every day. For Easter I have to say they did a good job of making the extras fun and entertaining for the children.
We boarded the Easter Eggspress to locate bunny woods via a tractor ride. It was a relatively short albeit bumpy ride. They didn’t have any commentary or markers outside which I was a little disappointed about. But my son was happy dancing away to the music that was playing instead and was no way missing anything.
Once we arrived at bunny woods the excitement really began as were told we were on a hunt for the Easter bunny. We would need to collect animal stamps to collect a prize. The woods were nicely themed with pictures. An added bonus were the entertaining characters we met along the way who were giving out clues and talking to all the children about what they’ve seen.
It didn’t take long to find the Easter bunny and we soon spotted him through the woods waiting by his house. It’s this point I always start to get things prepared from our bag safe dairy free chocolate to swap out for the chocolate gift I know is coming. But I was pleasantly surprised when my son declared his own allergy that the Easter bunny produced a safe sweet based alternative for him.
In addition to the highlight of this event they had an Easter treasure hunt collecting letters from around the farm. All to make the magic word to unlock more sweets and also the opportunity to plant a bean in Bumbles Kitchen Garden to take home.
What a busy day!. We spent 6 hours at the farm and could easily have spent more time exploring and playing. We enjoyed it so much we are planning to head back in the May school holidays for their Dino week. May 26th – June 3rd 2018).
The National Forest Adventure Farm is open daily from 10am – 6pm all year except for Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Ticket prices do vary depending on if you are visiting a special event or not. Please do check online for prices before you visit. You can book online for advance tickets in return for a discount. Online booking is available until MIDNIGHT THE DAY BEFORE YOUR visit. Adult and child tickets for the Easter Eggstravaganza were £12.50 on the door or £11.25 for online booking.
Except for charges for the quad bikes and JCB diggers everything else we did was included in admission which is great. We also paid £1 for animal feed (optional).
They also have the option of annual membership. This is available in Silver or Gold with slightly different options which are reflected in price. You can also pay monthly with prices starting from £5.42 for an adult (silver membership). Which is a great option to spread the cost, full information is available online.
National Forest Adventure Farm | Burton on Trent | Review Things To Do
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