Godstone Farm in the village of Godstone in Surrey actually feels like a proper farm and not some sort of theme park like many other childrens’ farms. We headed there for the last day of February half-term. There were a lot of people but it didn’t feel really overcrowded and we were able to park easily enough.
All venues such as this seem quite expensive for a family of five. However Godstone Farm compares slightly more favourably to nearby Bocketts Farm. You can also save 10% if you book online five days in advance. Godstone Farm also has a really nice, almost community, vibe and is so well-staffed you can see where your admission price goes.
• Adult (16+) £8.40
• Child (2-16 Years) £8.40
• Child (Under 2 Years) £3.20
• Child (Under 1 Years) Free
The animals at Godstone Farm
There were plenty of ‘traditional’ farmyard animals such as pigs, sheep, goats and cows alongside the ponies, horses and donkeys. We also got to see lots of lambs and kids as many had been born over night (very cute!). Along with the many daffodils on display it certainly felt like spring was springing.
You can feed most of the animals and the girls loved doing this. They actually spent plenty of time with each of the different types of animals instead of just wanting to race around. There were good explanations about all the different breeds and plenty of facts, which added to their experience.
Outside we also saw llamas, alpacas and a huge variety of birds and poultry.
Next stop was the indoor animal handling area where there were chicks, chickens, rabbits and a number of other fluffy and furry things. The girls loved that they were able to dive straight in and touch the animals and weren’t nervous in the slightest.
There was also the opportunity to hold the rabbits but the girls wanted to visit the tea room for lunch so we took a rain check. After lunch we headed straight for our tractor ride. We bought the tickets (£1 per person) an hour before and had a designated time slot.
The other stuff at Godstone Farm
We all liked the Dino Trail where we ‘saw,’ amongst others, a Mammoth, Stegosaurus, Pterosaurus and T-Rex. There were plenty of facts and information, which my eldest daughter (seven) loved and there was the opportunity to dig for bones in sand pits, which appealed to my younger twins too.
After a tour of animals that lived millions of years ago we then had a look at their closest living relatives – snakes, spiders, bearded dragons, iguanas and a scorpion.
Following this it was play time and we headed to the Adventure Playground. It is very large and they thought it was brilliant. They could cheerfully have spent several hours there alone. However, it was dropping a bit colder -being mid-February – and a coffee was calling so we lured them away with the promise of indoor play! We didn’t visit, but there’s also the Red Slide Barn, which has a wooden climbing frame and slides and wooden play vehicles. It’s a halfway house being outside but undercover.
We spent quite some time in the Play Barn. It has a separate section for the under fours, which has a smaller play frame and lots of toys, but my three were straight onto the main frame. It’s definitely big enough to keep them entertained for well over an hour, but isn’t so vast that you can’t keep an eye on them.
We left feeling like we’d had a great full day of activity. As soon as we got in the car they were asking when we could go back, so definitely a hit.
- To celebrate Mothers Day, Godstone Farm is offering all mums free entry for the day