The Cotswold Farm Park was originally established as a working farm in the 1970s by Joe Henson, as an opportunity to showcase traditional breeds. Later, his son Adam became a well know TV presenter on Countryfile, and over time the farm has developed into a family attraction. Georgie picked to come here when we had gone through all the different places we could go, and it proved to be a great choice, as there were loads of things for all of us to do.
Opening times and prices
We visited in July 2016, and at the time there was loads of free parking. You can pay for the day, or get membership for a year. Adults were £10.50, children aged 4-15 £9.50, Toddlers (2-3y) £6.50 and under twos go free. There was also a family ticket for £35 (2 adults 2 children). Although it was fairly expensive, for us we got a full day out so it was worth it. The park has just closed for the winter, so if you are planning on going check the website for up to date details.
Lunch and snacks
There was a cafe on site, however the trip advisor reviews suggested the cafe was expensive and offered limited choice . Therefore, we took a picnic, and left it in the boot of the car in cool bags as the day wasn’t too hot. As you get wristbands going back to the car to get the picnic was straightforward. There are lots of tables at the front of the farm near the carpark. As long as the weather is dry I would definitely say bring a picnic.
Cotswolds Farm Park Map
The maze and the bouncing pillows
The first things that Georgie wanted to try were the maze, and the bouncing mats. It took us ages to get her off them, definitely a hit! There is an under six one, and one for children aged over six, which would be good if you were taking a younger child because you wouldn’t have to worry as much about them being bounced on! The maze including a quiz, the sort where you go and find the letters to form a word. The prize at the end was a Cotswolds Farm pin badge.
Meet the animals, milking and demonstrations
The farming demonstrations and ‘meet the animals’ are what really made the day for us. There were loads of things to try, and it was hands on, Georgie held a chick, and a rabbit, hand fed sheep, and near the end of the day bottle fed a couple of goat kids. There were plenty of low level hand washing facilities too, for when you had finished handling the animals.
For children brought up in towns, I think it is so important to get a sense of where grains, dairy produce, eggs and meat come from. Otherwise, there can end up with a disconnect between opening the packet, or the bottle, and the reality.
Woodland walk and a tractor ride
We went on a tractor ride around the farm, you sit in a trailer that is towed. The driver described the different rare breeds that you could see as you went past the fields, and also explained the history of the farm, and how it came to be as it is today.
Following this we followed the woodland walk, there were a number of climbing challenges you could do as you went. Throughout there were info signs to highlight what you could see and to explain what things were.
Until next time Hayley x