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On Saturday afternoon Eliot and I headed to Willows Farm Village with my mum. I'd been there several times before when I was a nanny many moons ago and I always enjoyed it as did the children I looked after. So I wondered if I would be just as impressed a few years down the line and a mother myself.
Quite simply the answer was yes! I'm an animal lover anyway so I knew I would enjoy it and enjoy watching Eliot discover and learn. Since my last visit the farm has changed, it's expanded and there are more things to see and do. From indoor and outdoor play areas to animals to feed and activities to participate in, there really is so much to do. We arrived about 2:30pm and stayed until the farm closed at 5:30pm but I'd really recommend arriving before lunchtime so you can experience all Willows has to offer. I'd also recommend buying your tickets online as they are slightly cheaper than buying on arrival. The tickets are also valid for the season so you don't have to book a particular date which I thought was really great and offers flexibility.
The first thing we did was visit the barn, which had farm animals to pet and feed and also rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle. Eliot enjoyed looking at the animals and listening to the sounds they made but did try to pick up and eat the animal feed from the floor!
Next we had a little walk and rode on Tristan the runaway tractor. Eliot didn't really enjoy it, I think it was because it was too noisy.
After we had another walk around and Eliot played in the play areas before we treated ourselves to an ice-cream.
We had a lovely afternoon and I really recommend visiting over the summer if you have young children and are looking for days out.
Here's a video of what we got up to at the farm...