The DDO family visited the National Forest Adventure Farm on Saturday 26th March and boy oh boy did we have a good time!
During the Easter break they have got loads of extras on as well as all the usual fun of the farm. If you have never visited before, NFAF is a huge farm at Tatenhill, Burton On Trent. We have been coming here for many years and have a great time every time! This visit was no exception.
Here are the Easter extras that they have on and our review of each activity:
"Easter Eggspress Tractor and Trailer Ride: All aboard the extended tractor and trailer ride to take you on a journey up to Bunny Woods to find the Easter Bunny."
We all enjoyed this fun and bumpy tractor ride through the farm up to Bunny Woods.
"Woodland Walk Animal Trail: When the Easter Eggspress drops you off at the woods, follow the path to the Easter Bunny. On the way there are 6 woodland creatures to find."
Once at the woods we were given a blank trail and told to find animal stamps as we follow the trail to the Easter Bunnies house. Lola being 8 enjoyed doing this herself as we tagged along! Along the way we met a happy squirrel and fantastic fox before finally meeting the Easter Bunny himself!
"Meet the Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny is waiting in his house to give chocolate to all the good girls and boys!"
All the animals happily posed for pictures and the Easter Bunny of course gave Lola a chocolaty treat but adults were not forgotten - we were invited to help ourselves from a basket of Cadbury's Dairy Milk choc bars!
"Lamb Feeding: Team up to feed our hungry lambs."
This was DDO Mum's highlight of the trip! This year was different to previous lamb feeding. You are given a number when you enter and asked to take a seat. Then your number gets called and the children go and sit on hay bales in front of two hungry lambs! This year they decided to give it a race feel by seeing which lamb finishes its bottle first! The bottle gets passed along the children so that they all get a turn of feeding the lambs. After the bottle is empty the super staff hold the lamb and give the children a chance to give it a gentle stroke. Once your number has finished you moved on and the next lot of numbers took their turn and new hungry lambs entered the pen. All in all, well organised, terrific fun and very enjoyable to watch.
"Plant a Bean: In our Kitchen Garden potting shed, plant your own bean to take home and grow!"
We are going to be completely honest here - we went in to the potting shed because it had just began to rain! Whilst taking shelter, a friendly and knowledgeable member of staff help Lola to plant green beans. The pot is currently residing on our window sill and at the time of writing there is no sign of life however we remain positive that something edible will sprout soon!
There was also an Easter Trail on which had you following clues all around the farm to find letters. Once complete the letters spell a word out which you unscramble to claim a sweet treat from the shop. We all enjoyed this and we have to say congratulations to DDO Dad for finding the remaining two letters when mum and Lola had given up on the hunt!!
Of course these were all Easter extras which means all of the usual NFAF fun was there too!
This is our family favourite! We all have such fun bouncing on this huge pillow! This action shot of Dad and Lola is brilliant! There are two cushions available as one is for under 8's. They are situated in the Funfield.
Indoor Play Area:
When the weather took a turn for the worst, it was great to know that our fun could continue indoors. Lola played in the play area on her own for a whilst and enjoyed the various drop slides soft play features. Then the parents got involved and enjoyed a race down the multi slide and a few games of hide and seek!
There are currently piglets, lambs, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs in the animal barn and animal handling opportunities run throughout the day as well as egg collecting and pony grooming. Timings for these will be on the timetable that's given to you at the entrance.
JCB Giant Inflatable:
Another handy indoor activity - this huge inflatable is a bouncy assault course with a slide at the end. We saw some rosy cheeked kids after a few goes of this so it's perfect for using up any excess energy! This is currently in the events barn.
As our Lola is football crazy she was delighted to see 'Beat the Goalie' which is where kids (an adults) can practice their shooting skills by trying to get the balls in various holes on the specially designed board. Find this at the bottom of the Funfield.
Barrel Stampede Ride:
Lola enjoyed this ride which takes place adjacent to the potting barn. As the kids sit in barrels, they are pulled around a track by a big tractor! In the past DDO mum and dad have had a go but there was quite a big queue on this occasion so we thought we'd better let the kids have a go instead!
More more more!!
There's actually a LOT more to see but we found that there's just not enough time to do it and see it all in one day! It would be worth taking a look at the website 'Explore' section to see all of the attractions that NFAF have to offer.
Food and Other Costs:
We took a picnic with us but if you would rather have something hot, you can visit Scarecrow Joe's cafe next to the indoor play area. Prices seemed to be around £6-7 for an adult main and around £3.50-£4 for a child main. If you take a picnic like us, there is a designated heated marquee outside which has an adjoining snack shack for hot drinks and snacks.
Car parking is free and plentiful. There is also free wifi available - just ask at the entrance counter for the code.
Tickets for the farm during their Easter Extravaganza (on til 10th April) cost £9.85 each and under 2's are free. We spent around 6 hours here so in our opinion, it is excellent value for money. Book tickets online here.
Once again, the whole family had a fun filled day at the farm and can't wait to go back for more adventures! Thank you NFAF! You can find details of the Easter Extravaganza on DerbyDaysOut event pages as well as lots more events. NFAF have loads of events running throughout the year which we will of course list on DerbyDaysOut.co.uk!
We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weatherbefore you set off!)