I took my 5 year old daughter here with a friend & her 5 year old son on the first day of Feb half term. The farm offered a winter admission rate of £3 each so I thought for that price I would give it a try. I'm glad I didn't spend a penny more as it was a poor experience. The 'farm' consists of a large barn with animals in pens that you can look at. There are ducks & geese running round the barn too. There is a row of stables housing horses, and a different 'barn' with some rabbits, guinea pigs & other small animals in. That's about it for the animals. It is not possible to feed any of the animals like in other similar places, you just look at them. This will take you all of 20 minutes if you take your time! The 'meet the animals' session again was really poor. Everyone sat on rows of chairs in one of the barns, and a goat (who looked to be in poor condition), chicken, Shetland pony, rabbit & guinea pig were carried/walked past each person for a quick stroke. Then the staff tried to force feed 2 new born lambs on the stage in front of everyone. That was the meet the animals & lamb feeding done. There is a playground & a small 'museum' too with a small pottery painting area (which was an extra charge) & that's about it. Pony rides were scheduled for 2pm in the afternoon, but we left before this as there was nothing to keep the kids or adults occupied till this time. Having visited other farms, where children can hold & pet different animals & feed them too, I would say this whole experience was very poor. I would save your money and go to Smithills Farm in Bolton instead. You and your children will enjoy it much more there.
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