We have been looking for places to take Baby M locally that won't cost us a fortune to go.
We discovered Old Holly Farm which is a fully working farm that is open to the public. Even better it's FREE!! They ask that you don't bring your own food and therefore buy food (if you want to) from their cafe.
Baby M is fascinated by both our cat and family dogs so we thought we would love the farm. We were interested to see what his reaction would be to all the different animals.
There were a variety of different animals including cows, sheep, chickens, goats, horse, donkey and alpaca. There were also some calves in a shed area that you could feed (and wash your hands after).
Due to the farm being a working farm there is a dairy on site and they make their own ice cream - it looked delicious. We opted for a lovely lunch and scones instead. Seeing as you can't being your own food I expected the prices to be a little high but they are really reasonable for the portion size you get, which is very generous.
There is also a play barn next to the cafe. Children under 1 get in for free so we thought we would take Baby M in as it was quiet. We had gone on a week day so there weren't too many people there, I can imagine it gets very busy at the weekends. Baby M went on a toy tractor and had his first experience of a ball pool. I think Mr M had more fun in the ball pool though - he's a big kid!
We had a lovely time and will definitely be going back again very soon. I think as Baby M gets older he will enjoy visiting the farm more and more.
The farm is just off Junction 33 M6 so is easy to get to even in your don't live locally.
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