Finding places and attractions to visit that cater for the entire family can often be tricky. It’s not often you can find somewhere that has appeal for both kids and adults, however we recently visited Rand Farm Park near Lincoln (website) which did exactly that. In fact, not only did 3.5-year old L have a great day, but so did her 30-something parents, her 50-something grandparents and her 80-something great grandparent!
We had the pleasure of visiting Rand Farm Park during May Half Term and we genuinely had one of the best family days out we’ve had in a long time. As such, I’m not only sharing a review of our day out at the farm, but also offering one lucky person the chance to win a family ticket (2 x adults, 2 x children) to visit Rand Farm Park. You can enter the competition via Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
To whet your appetite, first let me tell you a bit about Rand Farm Park. It’s a working farm first and foremost with an emphasis on allowing visitors to learn about and interact with animals. However, over the years, they’ve expanded the site massively to include inside and outside play areas which makes it one of the most activity-packed places we’ve visited in a long time.
Our visit coincided with a trip back to my folks’. We were looking forward to visiting, but it hugely surpassed out expectations – so much so that we spent an entire day there and actually set off back to Hertfordshire two hours later than we originally planned!
On arrival just after 10am, we were given wristbands, a bag of animal food (60p extra) and a schedule of activities and events, featuring archery, tractor rides, animal handling, milking demonstrations and a brand new panto based on the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff.
As the weather was nice, we headed straight for the outdoor play area which was set in an impressively large field adjacent to the car park. Here, we discovered an under 4’s play area, play huts, trampolines, jumping pillows and adventure playground equipment such as swings, see-saws, witchs’ hats, climbing frames and swingboats.
But that’s not all. The area was also home to summertime sledges (a sledge on wheels which goes down a track), an animal-themed crazy golf course and even pedal go karts. We had a lot of fun playing on all of this stuff – the highlights being my mum and dad attempting to stand up on the jumping pillows and my 83-year old Grandma racing us on the go karts!
The other thing out here is the impressive looking Skyrider – we actually saw this from the road across the field but weren’t quite sure what it was. Set over multiple levels, the imposing structure is a cross between a zip line and a roller coaster – you are attached to a harness, then dangle in mid-air as you fly around the track. Once done, you can come down one of the two large slides.
Unfortunately L was too small for this (need to be 1.2 metres) – I, of course, would have loved to have done this had it not been for the fact I was baby-wearing…that’s my excuse for chickening out anyway! As an aside, this is actually the first one of these structures in the UK which is a pretty cool selling point.
Although it felt like we’d already done a lot of stuff, this was just the start of the fun at Rand Farm Park. Next, we headed over to the Events Barn where we watched the Three Nanny Goats Panto, which featured three real goats crossing a bridge and encountering a troll. This allowed the kids to learn a bit about the different goats within the wider context of a well-known story.
Around this part of the farm, we discovered a lot of the indoor play areas. I was hugely impressed with the array of different things available for the kids – every corner we went around, we discovered something new. Of course, L played with and in each of these areas as we went passed.
This included a sand pit with buckets and spades, ride on pedal tractors and the electric quads (£1 per ride). There was also the brand new straw barn play area where kids could jump on straw bales, walk over planks and go through tunnels, plus something called Play Pods – basically an interconnected series of enclosed tunnels and rooms for kids to explore.
We then stumbled upon the air cannons arena where kids (and their parents!) can fire foam balls at each other with air guns. This is great fun! We’ve only ever seen this equipment at huge establishments like CBeebies Land at Alton Towers, so to have it at somewhere like Rand Farm Park shows how much they’ve invested in the latest play technology and gear for kids.
After having a much needed sit down as we ate a nice lunch of paninis, cakes, coffees and milkshakes in the Tea Room, we headed outside for the hourly tractor ride. This involved getting on a huge trailer and then been taken around the farm on a 15 minute or so tour.
Considering we were at a farm, we’d yet to really do anything animal-related despite being there for four hours! So, with that, we decided to check out some of the farm animals that call Rand Farm Park “home”.
As we looked around, we discovered everything you’d expect to see on a farm, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs and horses – the majority of which could be stroked and fed. We also came across a hatchery with chicks, an aviary with small birds and an area housing turtles and chinchillas.
There were also a couple of animal-related activities happening during the day. This included rabbit and guinea pig handling, plus bottle feeding the lambs – both of which L loved doing. In fact, I think she fed six or seven different lambs. These activities took place in the brand new animal barn, which has recently been built and offers a spacious indoor area to get up close and personal with the animals.
After a very busy and activity-filled day, L was knackered at this point and doing the usual “my legs are tired, I can’t walk” routine. However, that didn’t stop her finding the energy to attempt the climbing wall (with grandparent assistance) and then checking out the large soft play. This included a multi-level play frame, climbing wall, slides, air canons, rope bridge and even a separate under 4’s area.
After a quick sit down and one last drink in the other cafe (Coffee Baa – see what they did there?!), it was time to say “farewell” to the family, to Rand Farm Park and to a top notch day. Visiting the farm had exceeded our expectations and we were blown away by all of the family-friendly activities that were available.
The thing I particularly liked is how they’ve kept the traditional aspects of visiting a farm, such as animal feeding, milking demonstrations and animal hands-on experiences, but taken this to a completely different level with all of the other activities on offer.
At an activity farm such as this, you’d usually expect an outdoor play area, some ride on toys and perhaps an indoor soft play. Therefore, seeing things like the air cannons and Skyrider really were unexpected bonuses that set Rand Farm Park apart from other farms. We’ll definitely be visiting again – it’s just a shame it’s three hours away from where we live!
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Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for 1 x family ticket (2 x adults and 2 x children) to visit Rand Farm Park (RRP £41.80). The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Sunday 24th June 2018 and is open to UK entrants who are over 18 years old only.
The giveaway can be entered by logging into Rafflecopter and doing one, or a combination, of the following: (1) Visit Rand Farm Park on Facebook, (2) Visit The DADventurer on Facebook, (3) Follow Rand Farm Park on Twitter, (4) Follow The DADventurer on Twitter, (5) Tweet a message about the giveaway, (6) Follow Rand Farm Park on Instagram, and/or (7) Follow The DADventurer on Instagram.
The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has 28 days to claim their prize and provide their contact details, which will be passed over to Rand Farm Park. The prize will be provided to the winner directly by Rand Farm Park within 30 working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. No purchase necessary. There is no cash alternative. Invalid or incomplete entries will be disqualified. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with Rand Farm Park.
Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary tickets to Rand Farm Park with the purpose of writing an honest review in exchange for the tickets.