Our Visit To Longdown Activity Farm
One of the activities on the kids Summer Holidays Activities List was to go to Longdown Activity Farm in Ashurst, New Forest. We hadn't been there since T and N were small but seeing as E is so crazy about animals we thought we'd revisit.
What I love most about Longdown is the hands-on aspect, the children can mingle with the animals and help take care of them as though they were real farmers! Throughout the day there is a schedule of feeding and handling times.
E was asleep when we first got there so she missed the calf feeding.
She woke up just in time for the goat kid feeding though!
They all tried their hand at milking the pretend cows.
The trampoline barn gave them a chance to burn off some energy.
T and N thoroughly enjoyed collecting eggs from the hen houses.
They took their eggs to the gift shop and got stickers in return.
Hand washing is an important part of the day and these stations are situated all over the farm.
The baby animal encounter was a big hit with all three children, E just loved getting her hands on these little cuties!
After a picnic lunch, the kids played in the park. E always prefers to walk up the slide instead of sliding down it.
Feeding the pigs was a noisy event, E loved it and was squealing along with them.
Then it was time to go on the bumpy tractor ride. We were a little disappointed with this because it was far bumpier when we last visited, we wanted more bumps!
The diggers weren't there when we last visited so the children couldn't resist having a dig. E was a big help while they were trying to dig their holes. These cost extra - £1 per go.
Another new activity was the pony rides. Unfortunately T was too old and E was too young to have a go (it was only available for ages 2-10 years). N was okay though so she happily went off on a pony ride around the paddock. This also cost extra, £3.50 per ride.
We finished off the day with a ride on the go karts and a visit to the gift shop. There is also a farm shop on site (you don't have to visit the farm to use the farm shop) but we didn't stop there this time.
It was a fun day all round, Longdown is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area and your children like animals.
Have you been to Longdown Activity Farm? I'd love to hear your thoughts.