There’s so much to do at Mead Open Farm, and with lots of it under cover, and with indoor and outdoor play areas too, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing.
You can hand-feed the pygmy goats; bottle feed the lambs; help to groom the ponies; meet baby animals; learn all about chickens; win at sheep racing; and have a ride on a tractor-trailer – and that’s before you’ve had time to try out the jumping pillows, the digger village, go-karts, crazy golf, the high ropes course, and a giant climbing wall – all included in the admission price!
Target Age: great for all ages
How long did it take?
You could spend a whole day at the farm with no difficulty, especially if the weather is good. There is so much to see and do, and with the fantastic indoor soft play area, and outdoor wooden play areas, you can really make it as long or short as you want.
- The Lamb National – pick a flag colour, and if your sheep and their teddy jockey come in first, you win a prize!
- The Bunny Hop – stroke the beautiful rabbits, and watch the guinea pigs enjoying their adventure playgrounds
- Lamb feeding – the animals get so excited when they see the bottles!
- The Trailer Ride – hitched up to the back of the tractor, see some parts of the farm and animals you may not have encountered yet
Food and Facilities
There are lots of great indoor and outdoor picnic areas, so you can bring your own and enjoy it, even if it rains. There is a large indoor café space in the soft play area, and in peak seasons (school holidays and weekends) they open a café area by the gift shop, which also has a microwave for warming milk and baby food. There is also an outdoor kiosk serving light refreshments.
There are good toilet and changing facilities next to the gift shop, and the barns and animal areas are packed with hand washing points, so that you can always clean up after touching and feeding them.
The price for entry changes depending on the day you go, but I would say they are average for a day out of this type, and there is so much to do there that you get good value for money. It’s around the £11 mark for an adult, and a pound or two less for children and concessions; you also get a small discount for booking online in advance. There aren’t any family group discounts unfortunately, but you can buy a membership or season
We had a great day out at Mead Open Farm, as part of a school summer trip. We are keen to return as a family, and enjoy lots of the activities we didn’t get to try as a large group, such as some of the animal encounters, the sandy playground, and the diggers. Mead are open all year round, and keep it in mind for Christmas, too – I’ve heard very good things about their magical Father Christmas experience!
We visited in July 2017, and paid for entry as part of an organised school trip. We have not been paid to write this review. Prices are correct as of July 2017, but check the Mead Open Farm website for all up to date information.