A day at Bocketts Farm
Muddy's commercial manager, Becky, took her two bubbas along to Bocketts Farm - here are 12 things you should know about it.
1. It’s a working farm.
That means there are literally hundreds of animals to see, from cutesy cute fluffy chicks to goats and llamas, cows and horses. And if you’re lucky, you’ll also get to see baby animals like lambs, piglets, chicks and calves.
2. It’s on a big site, and there’s lots to see and do.
So get there early if you want to get around it all! As well as the animals, there are outdoor play areas (one that’s brilliant for small kids and one for older kids), and an indoor soft play barn with a four-lane astro slide and a baby zone. So while it’s nice if the sun is shining, there’s still plenty to do here if it’s wet. (And during the winter month it’s heated!) The farm is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5.30pm.
3. What’s for lunch?
There are two cafes which serve a wide variety of food and drinks. The Old Barn Tea Rooms serves homemade cakes, plus tea and coffee, all-day breakfasts and lunch including a kids’ picnic box (£4.50). Oh, and there’s also cider on the menu, plus it has outside seating! Next door to the indoor soft play is the Cow Shed Coffee Bar. But if you want to pack your own picnic, there are also plenty of spots to eat.
4. On wheels
The mini tractors were a hit with my kids – which you’ll find in one of the barns. The’s also a pedal go-kart track which is suitable for all ages, including grown ups. And there’s a special pedal go-kart track especially for the under 5s.
5. Pig races
The pig racing is one of the main events here – and it’s loads of fun. My kids absolutely loved it. There’s a brilliant atmosphere as the piglets hurtle pell-mell around a field with the crowds waving coloured flags and cheering them on.
6. Animal petting
Yes, there’s animal petting – although unlike Godstone Garm this is at set times so you’ll have make sure you check the times. We missed it by 10 mins and with so much else going on, never got to go back to do it. There is a small animal village though – called Little Hoppington – which was really quiet. It was nice to have some chill out time in here looking at birds and bunnies.
7. A bit of bounce
There are plenty of opportunities for bouncing with trampolines both indoors and out, which are suitable for all ages. There are also bouncing pillows – one for big kids and one for toddlers.
Yep. There’s always extras so it’s worth bringing some change. Kids can ride a pony for £2 or go on the tractor ride for £1.
Parking is a doddle. There’s loads of it, and stewards direct you to your spot. Even getting from the carpark to the farm is easy, with walkways and clear signage.
10. Special events
There are often special events going on at the farm. When we visited there was a dragons v fairies adventure trail, where the kids get a card stamped at various points around the farm. When the card was completed they got a sticker from the craft corner.
The farm would be a brilliant place for a birthday party – and I reckon we’ll probably go back for my daughter’s birthday. There’s a party room available, as well as birthday party packages which means you can just turn up. They’ll even sort out party bags, and the cake if you want them to!
It’s £11 for adults, £11.50 for kids aged 3-17 and £9.70 for 2 year olds. Under twos are free.