THEY SAY: A real working farm and lots of things to see and do outdoors and indoors.
WE SAY: A must-visit farm with plenty to do and where else can you walk a goat?!
HERE’S how I’d like to portray the goat-walking was for us on our day out to Hall Farm Park:
But the reality was more like this: Complete chaos! Don’t. laugh.
It seems I wasn’t the only nutter who attempted to take two children and a goat for a walk on my own – the mother in the background of the first picture is also on her own – but she looks like she’s nailing it! Oh well! We had a great laugh, even if it was at Mummy!
We’ve been to tons of farms up and down the country, but we’ve only ever come across goat walking at Hall Farm Park in Lincolnshire. (There’s probably all manor of health and safety reasons as to why this is!)
Our goat was called Treacle and, although he enjoyed jumping up, we did make it to the end of the purpose-built grassy course – with a little help from staff along the way, who kindly offered to take our picture too!
As you would expect at any farm, there is a variety of animals to meet, indoors and outside, in the paddocks, including cows, horses, sheep, wallabies, llamas, mini pigs and donkeys.
You can even bottle-feed the lambs, which is a lovely experience for children – if they’re strong enough to keep hold of the bottle. Those lambs are strong and go hell for leather to get their milk!
TIP: See the farm map before you go, here
Another favourite for us was the tractor ride, which takes you to the working farm to visit the cattle. My children loved feeding potatoes to the cows and singing along with the Old MacDonald music on the trailer.
As well as the farm, there are also outdoor adventure play areas with ride ons and stuff to climb.
We loved Keith’s Krazy Karts, where you can pedal solo or do as we did and get a two-seater bike to cycle around the track. It’s hard work for the pedaling adult though!
There’s also a great under-fives’ area with a climbing frame, swings, ride-ons and play houses.
We also played crazy golf, which has a farmyard theme, at no extra cost which was a pleasant surprise. I hate having to say no to the ‘extras’ they spot because we’ve just paid a fortune to get in!
Indoors, there is Barney’s Play Barn, which my son declared “fantastic” as he walked in.
Whizzing down the giant slide in inflatable rings was definitely a highlight for my two children. Jasmine may only have been two, but she was up the hill and down in the tyre faster than you could say “Do you want another go?”
They also enjoyed digging in the giant sandpit and playing in the small soft play area, which was added in 2013.
Inside the barn, as well as being able to play on the ride on tractors and trikes, kids can also try their hand at games, including giant connect four.
There’s also a bouncy castle and plenty of seating areas for you to put your feet up – yeah right, if only!
If you’re feeling hungry, there’s a tea room, but there are also picnic areas both indoor and outdoor if you want to take your own.
The farm isn’t massive – we took a picnic and about four hours was long enough for us. If it rains, I’d imagine the indoor barn would be packed but, on a hot day, I’m sure you could spend longer there.
As we were leaving, Oliver asked me if we could get a goat and call it Treacle – I told him our garden wasn’t big enough. Can’t have a goat taking over at home, but we will go back to see him!
There’s also a new woodland walk where you can taking in the farmland and wooded areas. Make sure you look out for the hidden boxes to see if you can guess the identity of the inhabitants. Quiz sheets are available to take with you so you can try your hand at solving the nature puzzles.
- Last reviewed March 2015
Location, times, prices, facilities and contact details
LOCATION: Caistor Road, South Kelsey, Lincolnshire LN7 6PR
OPEN: Daily from 10am to 5pm, except Wednesdays in term time. Every day in school holidays.
- Parking: Free
- Wheelchair hire
- Baby Changing Facilities
PRICES: Adults and children over two years, £6.50. Children under two, free. Family ticket, £25
Call: 01652 678822