If you’ve been following Tin Box Tot’s first words on Pinterest you’ll know that ‘tractor’ is one of her favourites.
The farm, which is on the edge of the New Forest at Ashdown, has a full schedule of activities. From hand-feeding calves and goats, to meeting baby animals and tractor rides – there’s a range of farmyard experiences. It’s all very well organised – we didn’t have to wait too long in line for any of it, which as unexpected since we visited on the first Saturday of the school holidays.
You can also collect eggs freshly laid by the farm hens, feed the pigs, and say hello to the guinea pigs, rabbits, horses and ducks.
TBT got a little upset when we were feeding the goats. I’m not sure whether it was the hungry look in the eyes of the baby billies or the fact we said no when she tried to take a slurp of the milk herself.
Other farmyard activities TBT enjoyed we’re playing in the straw barn, riding on the toy tractors, and helping Mr TB steer the oversized tricycles.
She wasn’t so impressed by the electric cars, but Mr TB wanted a go so she reluctantly endured a spin around the track.
There’s lots if to do for slightly older kids such as face painting (£3), an indoor soft play area, a playground, and pony rides (£3). There’s also plenty of signs introducing the animals and explaining what happens on the farm.
We had a picnic lunch with the other nursery families but there’s no need to come prepared with your own food. Longdown serves packed lunches, cream teas and other meals in its tea rooms. There’s also a baby changing area and quiet room for feeding.
By early afternoon TBT was a very happy and tired little girl, ready for her nap. She fell asleep in the car on the way home and continued her snooze for a good hour in her cot.
We can highly recommend Longdown Activity Farm for a truly hands-on farm experience for all the family.
We were lucky enough to get free entry to Longdown Activity Farm thanks funding from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Our nursery is on a naval base, so the majority of us have a connection to the armed forces.
Admission usually costs £8.75 for adults, £7.25 for OAPs, £7.75 for
children aged three to 14 years old, and free for under three. A family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £30.
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