THEY SAY: Fantastic Farmyard Food, Fun And Family Frolics!
WE SAY: A full day out with farmyard, adventure play and an indoor soft play centre.
MORE than 120,000 people per year visit Pink Pig Farm in Scunthorpe. We visit at least once a year – usually twice because there’s so much to see and do for a full day out.
Over the years we’ve met newborn piglets, ridden on trailers, played in the mud and raced ducks.
The actual animal farm only plays a small part of the attraction as a whole, with the usual offerings including the sheep, goats, ponies, geese, alpacas and chickens.
It’s all very open and there’s plenty of space to leisurely walk around to see the different animals.
But it is the adventure playground areas which seem to bring my family the most fun. mComplete with downhill racing carts, a log swing, the tractor and the wooden play frames, its always hard to tear the kids away.
My children love climbing the hill with his their four-wheeled cart and jumping in it before setting themselves back up to race back down again before crashing into the tyres at the bottom.
The farm seems to improve each time we visit with a new wooden play frame and slide installed last year. It’s really good to see the owners not resting on their laurels, despite its popularity, and expanding all the time.
Across the other end of the farm is the duck racing, which never seems to get boring, although it is tiring!
There are four very old-fashioned cast iron pitcher pumps, where the kids are challenged to use their muscles to be the first to race their rubber duck down their lane to the finish line.
The faster you pump your water, the more chance you have of taking first place in the ultimate water splashing interactive duck racing game.
And in the same barn as the duck racing is the indoor dark maze, where you can wander in and out of the light to navigate your way to the end, while spotting creepy-crawlies along the way.
If you are lucky enough to visit on a hot day, the kids can even pretend they are at the beach in the giant sandpit complete with slides, balls, and buckets and spades to play with. As soon as our children saw the sand they had kicked off their shoes and socks and they were in.
The huge indoor play barn is an attraction in itself. Inside you will find a massive indoor play area including soft play and giant Lego.
TIP: You can either just pay for access to the farm, or just for access to the indoor barn, or for both.
There are even play kitchens to keep the little ones entertained while the food arrives from the Oink Cafe. It’s decent food, too.
Not to be missed, and one for the adults, is the farm shop, where they stock produce from more than 30 local suppliers. There’s a butchery, bakery and a deli.
Here you can buy everything from home-made sausage rolls and pork pies to award-winning sausages and free-range pork and eggs. It’s almost worth the trip for the shop alone, which also produces superb ice cream. Attached is a 90-seater restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and coffee and cakes.
TIP: Entrance to the farm shop and restaurant is free. From the restaurant you can access a small outdoor play area complete with a climbing frame and sand area.
Reviewed: August 2015
NEED TO KNOW:
LOCATION: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE
PRICES: Weekends and school holidays: Playbarn only: Children: 4.99. Adults: £1.
Playbarn and farm: Children: 6.99. Adults: £4.50
Term time, 9am until 2.30pm: Playbarn only: Children: £3.50 , Adults £1.
Playbarn and Farm Park: Children £4.50, Adults: £ 2.50. Children under 2 pay £1
After school: Children £3.50, Adults Free.
TIMES: Open 362 days per year. 9am until 5pm.
CALL: 01724 844466