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Butts Lane, Tanworth In Arden, B94 5AE
Under-2s free. Weekdays:£7.50 (adults); £6.50 (child).
Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, From 10am
Youngsters of all ages can enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to bottle feed newborn lambs and calves, hold the cutest little chicks, rabbits, and guinea pigs and even have the chance to ride one of our beautiful ponies - all at our children's farm park in the heart of Warwickshire.<br /><br />Our family-run children's farm park is a fantastic family day out with the children of all ages, with in-door Egg Splat cannons and ride-on tractors as well as two adventure play areas for different age groups. Children can also jump on board our tractor & trailer ride too!<br /><br />The Farmhouse Cafe, set in the heart of the children's farm park serves a wide range of light meals and snacks, fresh coffee and cakes as well as Meal Deals for the children. <br /><br />At weekends and holidays, prices increase by £1 per person. Annual membership for a family is £81.<br /><br />Birthday parties also available.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
Christmas got off to an amiable start with a family trip to Umberslade Farm Park, featuring a nativity dress-up scene, Santa's Grotto and bottle-fed baby animals.
Umberslade Farm Park has various breeds of pig, goats, rabbits, ferrets, sheep, hens, cows, ponies and donkeys for young children to meet. There is a very good playground, an indoor soft play area, pony rides, sandpit, a vintage tractor to clamber all over, and best of all (in my boys' opinion) lots of pedal-powered ride-on John Deere tractors to drive.
Every weekend until Christmas they also have a Christmas market, Santa's Grotto and three times a day there's a Farmyard Nativity.
We went on the first Sunday, which was a beautiful, dry, winter's day. It wasn't at all crowded, which meant there was unfettered access to the aforesaid ride-on tractors, and plenty of unhurried time to chat to the piglets and gaze at the very new baby lambs.
The Nativity scene was in a charmingly fairy-lit old brick barn. Children were invited to dress up as Mary, Joseph, kings, shepherds, stars or angels, and then take part in a Nativity play with real animals, including Ben the gorgeously teddy bear-like donkey. It was lovely, but judging by the way the teenage farm-hand coordinating the show raced through her script, the children and animals aren't always so meek and obedient! Songsheets for "Away in a Manger" were handed round and the parents sang a rather out-of-practice carol. It wasn't a sophisticated experience, but it was perfectly-pitched for toddlers. Even the youngest children were wide-eyed and absorbed in the story. And in an era where Christmas tends towards opulence, the earthy smells and dim light of the stable were useful reminders of the humble setting for the original Nativity.
Our ticket included a mince pie and mulled wine for the adults in the Christmas market marquee, which also had a modest number of stalls selling handcrafted leather handbags, wreaths, wood-turned gifts and some funky animal-themed art prints and mugs.
Next stop was Santa's Grotto (for an extra £4 per child). This was suitably cosy, a book-lined study with fireplace and sofas. A jovial, white-bearded Santa spent several minutes with our three children, and managed to extract solemn promises to be good before giving them farm-themed books and sticker books as a parting gift.
It was a lovely day out and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Now, I wonder how long those promises to be good will last….!
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