The weather might be getting colder but Rory has an insatiable appetite for outdoor adventure. Come rain or shine, the child just loves to be outside. So much so that I’m constantly on the hunt for family activities to entertain his demands without breaking the bank. After all Christmas is right around the corner and there’s only so many times you can visit the local park!
Last weekend Rory was prowling the house like a caged Lion. Pointing desperately at the front door and mumbling something only comprehensible to toddlers, we gave into his nagging and headed to Wentworth Garden Centre. It’s a place which I have fond memories of visiting myself as a child. It may have changed a lot since then but one of my favourite parts (after the ridiculously delicious cakes) has to be the Family Farm.
Set in a quiet corner the Family Farm is home to an array of animals. From your friendly farmyard favourites such as pigs, goats and chickens to more exotic animals like llamas, meerkats and even tortoises! We first took Rory in August 2016 when he was only six months old. Back then the visit was more for our benefit so this time I couldn’t wait to introduce him to the animals. Rory wasted no time meeting the rabbits but couldn’t wait to say hello to the pigs. Clearly Peppa has made a lasting impression!
After a brief encounter with the goats we headed outside to see the other animals and that’s when we spotted them…the tractors! Rory’s vocabulary may still be pretty limited however when he see’s a tractor you know about it. He was clearly ecstatic and I’m quite confident it was the highlight of his month never mind his weekend.
Obviously when the time came to leave the tractors it was the end of his world. Imagine total devastation and hysteric screaming. Thankfully the tractors are right next to the toddler playground. Very convenient for defusing meltdowns! It’s really nice to find a playground which specifically caters for younger children. Not only did it make playing easier for Rory but it was great to watch him exploring by himself. For older children there is a separate play area just to the front of the farm. Both playgrounds were considerably quieter than the main Garden Centre playground which in my opinion makes visiting the farm even more worthwhile.
After our visit to the animals I couldn’t resist popping inside and taking a look at all the Christmas goodies. Wentworth Garden Centre is renown for it’s extensive collection of decorations and it’s my utmost favourite place to come and satisfy my festive cravings. It goes without saying that I couldn’t help but treat us to a few new baubles, five to be exact! It would be rude not to, it is almost Christmas after all.
Fancy a trip to Wentworth? The Family Farm is open everyday from 10am until 4pm, times may vary during summer. For more details including ticket prices please visit the Wentworth Garden Centre website.
Psstt…..on the 18th November Santa will be arriving at Wentworth Garden Centre. He’ll be in his toy workshop from 10am until 5pm every Saturday and Sunday plus additional times midweek. Tickets are priced at £10.95 per child. This includes a gift and entry into the Family Farm for up to 2 adults and a child. Full details are available on the website.
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