Bluebells Spring on the Farm Review by Natalie and Poppy Bamford - Derby Days Out Blog
22nd April 2021


Brunswood Farm, Locko Road, Derby. DE21 7AR

Adult farm admission  - £6.50 (inc booking fee)

Child (1-16) farm admission - £6.95 (in booking fee)

Under 1s FREE

Bluebells is firm favourite in our household and has been since it first opened and I used to take my now 13 year old! So we were so excited when we heard it was reopening on 12thApril and swiftly booked online for Tuesday 13th!

Handy hint – a lot has changed in terms of layout, so on the morning of our visit, I watched the handy facebook lives that Bluebells have filmed which show where to go for tickets, the café, shop etc. I found this really useful and helpful for that first arrival.

Having said that, it’s all well signposted and clear so don’t worry if you don’t get chance to watch the videos.

As normal, you can buy animal feed on arrival which is £1 per bag and you can buy moo food (for the cows!) two legged and four legged. You’re also given an itinerary for the day on arrival which includes timings for the small animal petting, sheep racing and other activities.

We were super lucky with the weather on our visit, which is great as the indoor play area isn’t open at the moment due to the covid restrictions. We headed straight into the play area section for a play in the large sandpit. I was pleased to see that they have kept spades and other play things in the sand as I thought they may have to remove these.

Poppy (3) loved that she can now climb the ladders of the big slide all by herself as I’m sure when we were last able to visit, she needed a little assistance still! (Crazy how much they’ve grown and come on over lockdown isn’t it?!)

You have to queue for the jumping pillow but it’s manned and timed so you get five minutes jumping time then it’s time to get off and let other families have a turn. Poppy was not best pleased about this first time but we just got back in the queue and waited a while for another go!

After we played in all the play areas, we got the famous Bluebells ice cream and a spot of lunch. I was very impressed with the new healthier options in the fridge (there’s only takeaway options at the moment) They included ‘protein pots’ of Spinach and Mozzarella, Smoked Salmon and Brown Rice and other delicious options as well as various flavoured baguettes. There’s plenty of places to choose to sit and eat outside now as well as under the the large marquee which I imagine would be great in cooler weather.

After ice creams and protein pots, we went to the animal paddocks.

TOP TIP: It’s one way and quite a long way so it’s best to pop to the loo with little ones before venturing to the animal side.

Poppy had a great time meeting and feeding alpacas, pigs, cows, goats, guinea pigs and sheep! There were lots of baby animals when we went too including lambs, chicks, piglets and baby rabbits.

We queued for a while for the animal petting and got to meet and stroke an adorable little chick!

It came time to leave and be prepared to exit through a new gift shop, cue me buying a new toy on the way out!

All in all, we had a great time and spent almost three hours at the farm, it could’ve been more but Poppy was super tired from all the excitement and went on to have a danger nap at 4pm – nooooo!! But we can’t wait to go back and have already booked our next visit.


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 weather before you set off!) 

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