Rainy day out for kids
So, it’s raining and you’re stuck at home with a pre-schooler. Again! Keeping pre-schoolers entertained can be hard work at the best of times – but what do you do when it’s wet, windy and cold outside for what seems like the 900th day in a row.
Lock them in the cupboard under the stairs? Bah! Just kidding! I wouldn’t do that – obvs!
A better answer would be, take them to Godstone Farm!
It’s long been a favourite destination among the Muddy Surrey team. Editor Amber was a regular at the farm when her now teenagers were small, and commercial manager Becky is a frequent visitor with her two pre-schoolers.
If you’ve never been to Godstone Farm, it’s located in beautiful open countryside just outside Godstone. And there’s plenty of things to keep the little ones happily amused whatever the weather – there’s indoor soft play galore, a giant adventure playground, sandpits, tractor rides and of course lots of animals.
It’s glorious in the summer months, but the farm really comes into its own during the wet weather.
There’s the main play barn which is a huge network of tunnels and slides, including a scary drop-slide. But there’s also a space for the smaller tots to play without the worry of being knocked over by the big children, plus an area for babies. This section of the play barn is bursting with toys, prams, cars and dolls plus miniature houses, so children can role play to their heart’s content. There are also a mini climbing area with shallow ramps and smaller slides.
For mums, dads, grandparents and carers, there’s plenty of café-style tables and chairs – all with a great view of both play areas. And the coffee’s pretty decent too! Don’t forget your socks if you’re going in with the little ones – it’s a no-shoe zone and socks are a must!
We wouldn’t usually review the loos at a venue, but these are worth a mention – they’re especially sized for little people which is great for independence.
If they’ve had enough of the barn, head to Wiglet’s Play Village, an indoor adventure area where kids can role-play being a vet, work on a construction site, or serve in a café. There’s also a baby area and a ball play zone for all ages – which is one of the highlights for Becky’s kids.
Hungry? You’ll have to head to the tea room – the main play barn serves only coffee, cakes and kids’ snacks – where there’s a pretty good choice of hot meals, sandwiches, kids’ lunchboxes, cakes, barista coffee, as well as hot and cold drinks.
A visit to the farm wouldn’t be complete without a cuddle with cute furry being. The indoor animal holding area is the perfect place to meet rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs and other small animals including a chinchilla, degu, terrapins and tortoises.
Throughout the year, there are baby animals to meet – the little piglets love to have their tummy’s tickled!
Godstone Farm is at Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8LX. The farm is open from 10am daily and closes at 5pm in the winter months (Oct-Apr) and at 6pm in the spring and summer (Apr-Oct).