Review: Godstone Farm

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We went to Godstone Farm last weekend for a child’s party and were really impressed by the amount of play equipment the farm has for young children.

The party was for a two year old girl but the children attending were aged between 7 years and 8 months and the farm catered well for those of toddler age and above.  A slide barn, full adventure playground and sandpit was available free of charge, as well as access to petting the smaller farm animals and a trail around the farm.  We were lucky and saw 8 young piglets as well as chicks and rabbits, which thrilled the little ones.

After an e-coli outbreak a few years back, Godstone Farm is now absolutely scrupulous in its hygiene, with signs everywhere reminding people to wash their hands after touching animals or pens.  Foods, drinks, dummies and toys are also forbidden on the farm trail to reduce the risk of any contamination and handwashing facilities were available everywhere.  I was really impressed.

The party itself allowed us access to the entire farm as well as a small hut with picnic tables to eat tea.  The farm provided hot food platters for the adults and lunchboxes for the kids (a choice of hot or cold), plus ice creams and helium balloons.  Tractor rides were also available at an additional cost.

The farm is a lovely backdrop for a child’s party and, for those old enough to really get the most out of theday, it was a very exciting day out!

Children’s parties cost £9 per child (with one free accompanying adult per child) and children under 1 go free.  I felt that this should really extend to children under 2 (or at leat offer a reduced rate), as there were a couple of children aged 1 who were charged at full price but couldn’t enjoy the facilities properly as they were unsteady on their feet and too young to really understand what was going on.  Food packages cost extra.

We were really lucky with the weather, which was a blessing as much of the farm is outdoors, including the large adventure playground.  Wet weather options were limited to playbarns and the room that we had tea in, which would have been a real shame for the children.  Shade is limited, so don’t forget sunscreen and hats in the summer.

I would highly recommend this for children of 2 years + as there is lots to see and do at the farm (weather permitting), including the farm trail, tractor rides, a new Dino Trail, the play barns and the large adventure playground.  We will definitely be back in the summer for a full day of fun at the farm.

http://www.godstonefarm.co.uk/

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