We were invited back to the awesome Cotswold Farm Park this week to check out what they’ve got going on for families this summer. This was our second visit – back in March we went along during their lambing season and if you’d like to see our review from then, which includes a run down on all the brilliant year round areas and activities, please go here.
There’s so much to do there – electric ride on tractors, feed the animals in their animal walkway, huge indoor and outdoor play areas, bottle feeding, meet the animals sessions (we held chicks this time), tractor safari, and for the extra summer activities, please read on…
This is new to Cotswold Farm Park this year, running til Monday 2nd September 2019. The theme is Neverland and it’s a really fun, interactive, family friendly show which takes place in a cornfield next to the farm park. You book a timed slot and meet in a tepee on the edge of the field, where kids can do some pirate-based crafts (for an extra charge) or get pirate tattoos (50p each).
You are then met by Pirate Smee who was really funny and got everyone warmed up with panto-style antics. Smee took us to a wooden pirate ship in the middle of the field and there we met Captain Hook and Tinkerbell in a short, funny show which we watched from our hay bales. They then set us the challenge of helping them to find Peter Pan and we took different routes through the cornfield to search for him, coming across different characters from the story, culminating in a grand finale fight scene. Our kids really enjoyed romping around the field and found it really exciting.
The maize maze costs £2.50 per person and you can book in advance for your timed slot. It involves a fair bit of walking and is not buggy-friendly so it’d be worth taking a sling if you have non-walkers with you. I’d say it’s especially suitable for slightly older children who can follow the story and jokes, though our three year olds definitely enjoyed it and found it exciting.
Inexplicably my son took quite a lot of persuading to go on this, but once he was on there was no stopping him and eventually he had to be surgically removed. These are huge inflated bouncy castle-style pillows – one for under 6s and one for over 6s, which I thought was a great way to minimise squashes and bumps. Such a simple concept but so fun, the kids loved bouncing and sliding down the sides, so much!
This is at the back to the farm park and for all the little builders out there, a dream come true. It’s a large area with ride on diggers and tractors, with lots of play bricks. There are hard hats and high vis vests to help them get into character! EXTREMELY popular with our kids!
For more info about the great day out that is Cotswold Farm Park, their website is here.
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