We paid a visit to Bocketts Farm in Leatherhead, Surrey, and fell in love with the muddy farm life. This is a great day out for families with children of all ages which we’d highly recommend.
Set in the countryside of the North Downs just off the M25 at Leatherhead, Bocketts Farm is easily accessible for families in Berkshire (about 30 minutes drive from the east side of Berkshire). You can easily spend a day here, especially if the Weather Gods are on your side and there’s plenty to do indoor and out.
On the animal front there’s an indoor area with small pets to be cooed over, and it’s here that you’ll also find the animal handling room. Check as soon as you arrive at the kiosk for timings and you’ll find various events across the day. We did small animal handling and also got to watch a goat being milked. Outside there are stables and enclosures with horses, donkeys, goats, chickens and birds. Then head down to The Big Animal Barn where kiddies can get up close and personal with pigs, sheep, goats and horses. Make sure you buy your animal food from the entrance if you want to feed the furry friends in the barn. We visited in March and got the added benefit of all the gorgeous Spring babies. There were lambs, chicks and piglets, and seeing the pregnant Ewes was an amazing experience, with lots of biology questions I wasn’t prepared for from my 5 year old. So it’s definitely a great learning opportunity too! Further up in to the fields there are lovely walks you can follow around the extremities of the farm where you pass animals out grazing in the fields.
As awesome as they are, there’s so much more to Bocketts than just the animals. Kiddies will be spoilt for choice where to play first. Outside our favourite part was Treehouse Towers, a fantastic large wooden play area with twisting slides, rope climbs and bridges. The Hare-Pin Racers go karting area was also a big hit with 2 tracks for younger and older children. You’ll find 2 large jumping pillows which are always a big hit, and Monkey House Slides consisting of 4 slides of varying heights, twists and speeds. I feel like I haven’t even really scratched the surface so here’s a taster of what else Bocketts has to offer; tractor rides, pony rides, a gold mine, woodland maze, pirate lookout, an adventure course, water wars (during the warmer weather) and pig racing at certain times of year. Phew.
For rainy or cold days there’s also a great indoor soft play area, ride on tractors and trampolines right by the entrance.
And when the tummies start to rumble there’s a big restaurant in The Old Barn Tearoom with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s an adults and children’s menu, snacks and hot and cold drinks. By the main entrance you’ll also find a café with snacks and drinks, and if you want to bring a packed lunch there’s a big picnic area outside for warmer days.
Don’t miss the special seasonal activities that take place at the farm including; half term, Easter, Summer holidays, Halloween and Christmas when children can visit Santa in his magical hay barn workshop.
Bocketts Farm Details*
Admission: Adults £11.00, Children 3 – 7 years £11.50, Children 2 years £9.70, and children under 2 years are free.
Opening times: 10.00am – 5.30pm, 7 days a week, all year round except 25 & 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
*Details correct as of March 2018, always check with the venue before travelling in case of closures or changes.
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