A day out at Rand Farm Park

I may have mentioned before but on a Tuesday we go to a play group involving soft play and sensory activities. The group is funded by the local community centre and at the end of the block of sessions, if there are enough funds available, then we get to go on a trip. At the end of last year’s sessions at Christmas we had a country park and Father Christmas visit; this time we were lucky enough to get a trip to Rand Farm Park. I’ve wanted to take the boys for ages but we’ve just never got around to it so I was really excited.

When we arrived I was quite surprised as I didn’t realise how big the whole place was, definitely a lot bigger than any other farm park we have visited. With the farm itself, activities within the farm, eating areas, an indoor soft play area, and the addition of a huge adventure playground which spans four acres in itself, you can imagine how big the farm park is.
As we only had a few hours as some parents had to be back for school pick up, the first thing we did when we arrived was visit the animals. Our lovely play group leader (Sharon) bought us all some animal feed so we fed some of them. We visited some cows first and I must admit I’ve always been too scared to feed larger animals as I’m scared they’re going to bite me or something (wimp!) but I thought that if I actually did it then J wouldn’t be so scared to. He wasn’t keen on feeding them and I don’t blame him either as my hand was covered in snot afterwards, yuck! It was pretty cool feeding a cow by hand though! Hubby had a go too. N wasn’t so keen on the size of them as he had a bit of a cry, bless him.
We then headed to see the rabbits – which J was rather taken by – and some chickens, and then J stroked a guinea pig.
After this was the barn area where there were so many cute baby animals! There were piglets, lambs, kids, and we managed to see some calves who had just been born that day; they were still stumbling about and still had their umbilical cords attached – that was pretty awesome to see!

 

 

 

 

We saw tortoises, chinchillas, parrots, and visited the hatchery too. N was much more relaxed in here and found the chickens rather amusing!

 

 

 

 

Before we had our own lunch we stopped back to see the babies being fed. There were other school trips there who fed the lambs so J didn’t get chance, but he was able to help feed the older calves instead. I’ve fed them elsewhere and they really do gobble those bottles down!
We decided to catch the train ride into the fields before lunch too as we wouldn’t have had time for the next one.
We finally had some lunch – which I never actually captured a photo of as I was too hungry – then we found the brilliant bouncing pillows in the adventure playground. It was actually the first time I’d been on one as the other two times we have visited places with them, hubby & J have been on and I’ve stayed with N as he was too small. So it was N’s first time too, and he absolutely loved it – we all did!

 

The boys fell asleep on the way home as they were exhausted from the fun!

 

We had so much fun and will definitely be visiting again as a family. The staff are so friendly and helpful with any questions about the animals, and there is so much to explore – the only extra cost is the purchase of food (we didn’t purchase any food so I can’t comment on that). It is more than worth the £9.95 entry fee, with family and season tickets available.
Our rating – 5/5
Disclosure
We visited as part of a paid for group and I wasn’t asked to write this review, I just wanted to share our experience! All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

A winter walk

Over the last few weeks I have been going on a ‘Fit 2 Grow’ course with the boys, and a few other Mummies and their children. It’s involved soft play from Ballpool Heaven, healthy snack times and a crafty activity (which J has absolutely loved). As well as spending some quality time with the boys it’s also regularly got us out of the house, and we will be going regularly to soft play sessions in the New Year too. At the end of the course, we had a Christmas trip organised for us which involved a walk around Normanby Hall Country Park (where we have only visited in the summer so this was a different experience) and then a trip to Brigg Garden Centre to see Santa.

We were hoping the rain would hold off which it didn’t, though it did stop as we were leaving. Nonetheless, I stuck mine & J’s wellies on as I knew there would be some puddle jumping! But there wasn’t only puddle jumping; there was also door knocking (J was a bit stunned by how big the door was), tree climbing (he was a bit wary but tried with Mummy’s help), deer spotting (we saw one from a great distance) and duck spotting (I say spotting because nobody took anything to feed them with, but J loves ducks so he was just running after them)! 
We had a great time and I only wish I could drive as I would take the boys more often when hubby is at work – especially when N is walking and running around, it will be so much fun!

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Afternoon at the Hall

Today we had an impromptu visit to Normanby Hall Country Park. We were originally going to a farm park but when we got there, it was closed (doh!). We decided that we weren’t just going to head back home so we thought we’d go there and let J burn off some energy. As it back to school week, it was pretty quiet apart from a few older people having a stroll and parents with babies/toddler. I like quiet, so I was pleased!

There is so much to do at Normanby Hall for both children and adults, including a play park, nature trails, tree climbing, a farming museum, walled garden, sunken garden, a tour of the Hall itself, and much more (including beautiful photo opportunities)! We headed to the park first, though I wish we’d gone on the way out as we couldn’t drag J away!

I left Daddy with him and went for a wander with N (who I was wearing). We came across this gorgeous peacock and of course I couldn’t resist some photos.

After Daddy had managed to drag J away, we headed to the main country park so he could have a run around. We should have taken a ball if we had known we were going (we really must keep one in the car for occasions like this) but J befriended a little girl who he played ball with for a little while! When he left her he decided he would keep taking a few steps and then roll around on the floor. He nearly had his first go at climbing a tree too after Daddy showed him, but he chickened out!

Once again I left Daddy & J to it, and headed for a wander around the sunken garden. All the times I have visited here I have never actually been in there and had a proper look. There are some gorgeous flowers and colours so I had to take a few photos. It is a lovely place for just sitting and taking in the scenery & fresh air. Also for feeding hungry babies!

We would have wandered further but it was getting on and we wanted to be home for tea. Next time we will plan in advance and take a picnic, and make a day of it. We did have to stop for an ice cream on the way out though!

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Family Friday

Park life

As hubby works 6 days a week and doesn’t know very far in advance when his day off will be, we usually do things as a family on a spur of the moment. Today was the day for this week so I was hoping the weather would be nice so we could go to the local park for a picnic and a fun afternoon. It was sunny when we woke up but then black clouds were looming – we thought we would risk it anyway!

First things first we had our picnic – I just popped to the supermarket beforehand and got a few items to nibble on (sausage rolls, mini sausages, chicken bites, cheesy puffs and jam & custard Jammie dodgers, yum!). It was still a bit cloudy so we managed to find some shade under a tree. N was in the pushchair and just enjoyed having a good look around whilst we all ate.

After our picnic J & Daddy had a kick around with the football that we took along, before we headed to the play area with a sandpit and water area. I’m not totally sure who had more fun though!

We then headed over to the park where J had his first go on a roundabout, though I don’t think he was very keen as he didn’t stay on it for very long. He was more interested in the huge slide and we could barely drag him away!

In the park there is a water fountain which has been there for years, but it was out of action for a while. It has been restored a few years ago and this is the first time we have been to it. J loved dipping his feet in the water for a cool down.

Whilst the boys were playing I did a bit of flower spotting.

N slept pretty much the whole time so I think the fresh air got to him straight away! (And the sun popped out again in the end!).

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