August 5, 2023

National Forest Adventure Farm Review

This Summer, National Forest Adventure Farm is offering so much family fun for those who are looking for days out together to please all the kids no matter what the age.  We went along with our three children aged 6, 9 and 13 to see what was on offer, including Farmarama, their summer celebratory event!

National Forest Adventure Farm Event Field

Where is National Forest Adventure Farm?

National Forest Adventure Farm is located in Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire.   The Farm is suitable for families of all ages and we were really excited to find out what was on offer that was going to please all of our children.  With the youngest being 6 and the eldest now a teenager at 13, it can be a struggle to find places of interest that is going to please them all.  But with the promise of something on offer for everybody, I was really hopeful this would be a fabulous day out!

What is on offer at National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm is currently open from 10am until 5.30pm but it is worth checking the opening times on their website as this may change throughout the seasons.  When entering the farm there is an option to purchase cartons of food to either feed the farm animals or the ducks and chickens.  This was priced at £1 per pot which were pretty big and lasted a while.

My kids immediately all eyed up the Pedal Go Karts so we began to the left of the farm and worked our way round.  The Go Karts were in two separate tracks for little ones and then the much larger Go Karts for the older kids.  All three of our kids used the larger Go Karts and really enjoyed them – even some adults were racing around!

Go Karts for teenagers National Forest Adventure Farm

The bouncing pillows were next on our agenda (again with two pillows for different age ranges) and the kids always really enjoy these.

Bouncing pillows at National Forest Adventure Farm review

Also in this area was

– Pirate play area

– Jurassic Canyon Fossil Dig and Sand Play

– Musical Maze

– Secret Adventure Mini Golf

– Assault Course

– Beat the Goalie

 

As we moved around the Farm we also enjoyed

– Barrel Stampeade ride (tractor ride)

– Safari Tractor Ride

– Animal Barn

– Mega slide

– Indoor Soft play

As you can see, there is loads on offer and with over 33 attractions, it really is a farm that can keep you busy all day.  The highlights for my 13 year old son was the go karts, beat the goalie, jumping pillows, the mega slide and the indoor soft play area which had three really big slides.  I noticed quite a few teenagers in here enjoying it!

Mega slide at national forest adventure farm

For my 6 and 9 year old, as well as the above, they also enjoyed feeding the animals, adventure golf and the assault course.  However, if you had much smaller children, there is also much more for them to do like the JCB dig zones, the duck pond and chicken walk through to name a few.

Facilities at National Forest Adventure Farm

As with all farms, there was an onsite shop which was really lovely and had some essential items like socks and medicine on offer as well as gifts.

 

For food, there was Hungry Joes’ diner which was attached to the indoor soft play, Crumpets Ice Cream Parlor and Cattle Grid street food (which wasn’t open).

Food facilities at national forest adventure farm

There is also toilets and lots of hand washing stations dotted around the Farm.  I also noticed lots of staff monitoring the activities which I thought was really useful if you ever needed their attention.

Handwashing stations at national forest adventure farm

Summer Celebrations with Farmarama

This Summer, National Forest Adventure Farm is celebrating with the addition of Farmarma!

Farmarama at National Forest Adventure farm

Running until 4nd September, in addition to what is already on offer at the Farm, there is also the following:

– Fun family shows on the main stage

– 2 oversized paddling pools (No cost)

– Huge Sand Area (Free)

– Panning for pearls (prices from £5 per bag)

– Summer holiday shop

– Sand Art (Free)

– BBQ and Bar

– Huge Maize Maze (Free)

– Ultimate Foam Party! (Free)

We cannot comment on the BBQ or bar as we took our own picnic which we enjoyed whilst watching one of the Fun Family shows that Farmarma offered throughout the day.  We also didn’t get chance to check out the Maize Mase as we ran out of time, but it looked huge! Our children admired the paddling pools from afar before getting changed to have a dip.  Unfortunately the water was a tad too cold for our kids, but they had a go and all the children that were enjoying the water looked like they were having a blast!  My younger two enjoyed the free sand art which was a lovely free addition and we also had a large bag for panning for pearls.  I did get confused with this activity as normally the ‘gold’ than you pan for is normally in the sand in the water.  In this instance, we got given the bag of sand with the items in, which we then poured into the sieve box and then dipped it in the water to leave only the treasures!  This activity was over in about 1 minute!

Panning for pearls national forest adventure farm farmarama

The highlight for us was the epic foam party!  It really was a huge hit for all three kids who braved the huge bubbles of foam and got absolutely covered (so be prepared and maybe take a change of clothes!)  They loved it and it was a fantastic atmosphere with music playing and foam continually being projected out over the crowd.  We loved it!

Tips for visiting National Forest Adventure Farm

– Make sure your children wear socks for your visit.  This is for the soft play but rest assured, the shop does sell socks for a small price if you do forget!

– Take a change of clothes if your children are to participate in the Foam Party or get dirty in the sand

– There are lots of picnic tables if you wished to keep cost down and bring a picnic

– Wear wellies if it has been raining – this is a farm after all!

– This Farm is cashless – so make sure you bring a bank card or be able to use your phone

– Whilst there is lots of hand washing stations, bring hand sanitiser as an additional back up to washing hands

Final Say

This was a fantastic day out and generally pleased all of my three children.  I would say there is more activities geared up to the little ones, but families that include teenagers can easily please them with the activities I have mentioned.  My youngest who is 6 said it was ‘the best day!’ Costing wise, it was £15.99 per person.  Children under 2 are free.  (Costing as of 2023) The Mega slide is an additional cost which was £1 per go.  Unlimited wrist bands were £5.  It is a shame to see an upcharge on this as well as the mini quad bikes which we didn’t use as it was an additional £1.50 per go.  The mega slide was really popular though so guests were obviously happy to have to pay.  Personally, I think an increase of the entry by £1 each and then making the slide free would be more appealing.

Have you been to National Forest Adventure Farm yet? Let us know what you think!

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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