Reviewed by Amy Adeliyi
What a fantastic family day out at Bocketts Farm Park. The park is situated near Leatherhead in Surrey. It’s quite close to Junction 9 on the M25, however there wasn’t a lot of signage until you get very close to the roundabout. Also when you turn off at the roundabout, ensure you follow the road all the way to the bottom, do not turn into the first car park you see. They have a large car park with overflow fields and had plenty of staff directing traffic in the car park at the start of the day.
The park opens at 10am until 5.30pm all year round. We arrived just after 10am and there was no queue to get in. The staff were all young and enthusiastic and very polite, make sure you get a park map and programme of events from the ticket booth on your way in. In the entrance hall there were a large amount of ride-on tractors and motorbikes for toddlers and they really enjoyed gliding down the slopes and through the tunnels. A large tractor took pride of place by the entrance and had a queue of children waiting to sit on it and turn the engine on.
When we first arrived my older children (aged 7, 8 and 14 years) all wanted to go in the big kids play barn, they loved it and it was difficult trying to convince them to come outside to look at the animals before it rained. My youngest (2 years old) was drawn to the ‘super 6 trampolines’ and enjoyed bouncing on her own trampoline for 5 minutes.
The staff were good at diffusing tantrums from younger visitors waiting in queues, by giving them a large yellow sand timer and explaining that it would be their turn once the sand ran out. The queues were not long for all the attractions, however this may have been due to the weather as there were quite a few showers throughout the day.
The outside play areas were great, with a wide variety of equipment from traditional climbing frames and swings, to pirate ships, a giant monkey slide, treehouses, sand pits and mini trampolines. They also had diggers (additional charge of £1 a go). There were plenty of seating areas around the park, both under shelters (trees or in barns) or out in the sunshine.
My older children had numerous turns on the go-karts and the staff were really helpful in ensuring the go karts were adjusted for each child as my 14-year-old is very tall and worried that he wouldn’t be able to have a go. The go-karts were a massive hit and a nice surprise that they were included in the cost of entrance as they are often an additional expense on days out.
The children also enjoyed the giant bouncy pillows, with a separate bouncy pillow for under-fives. This again was well staffed and ensured that little ones did not get knocked over by the more enthusiastic older children.
The children were very competitive in completing the animal passport (an additional activity for the summer holidays), whereby they had to find an animal stamp in different areas around the park. Be careful with the stamp points as each contain a large ink pad that can be very messy with little fingers!
After lunch (a packed lunch in a barn sheltering from a quick shower) we managed to catch one of the pig racing events, this was great fun with flags given out to wave on your corresponding pig.
The farm walk took you up quite a steep hill, although the ground is very even so suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs. The animals all looked very well cared for, in clean well maintained enclosures. The children enjoyed feeding the goats/sheep/cows/alpaca/llamas (you can purchase a bag of animal feed for £1 each). We were very entertained when the donkeys in two separate enclosures appeared to have a very noisy conversation across the fields! We also enjoyed the small animal handling at the end of the day as this seemed much quieter and we had the opportunity to stroke and handle rabbits, guinea pigs and fancy mice. I was very impressed with the handwashing facilities dotted around the park. These were very clean and well stocked.
The kitchen garden was very peaceful (as it was up the hill away from the play areas) although the peacocks in the enclosure at the back certainly enjoyed an audience with full vocal and visual displays of his beautiful tail.
You could pay an additional fee for Gold Panning (£2 each), a tractor ride (£1.50 each) and pony rides (£2 each), however we didn’t have time to fit them in our day out.
To get to the old barn tearooms you have to exit through the shop, the tearooms have plenty of seating outside with an additional small wooden play area and sand pit. We decided to grab tea before we made our way home at around 4.45pm, I have to say this was the least friendly part of our day out. The tearoom was half packed up with chairs stacked on tables and tray stands blocking half of the inside seating area. When we entered we asked the staff what time the tearoom closed and they said they stop serving food at 5.15pm and shut at 5.30pm. We proceeded to sit at a table and went up to the counter to order our food. Although the staff were polite we did feel that there was some annoyance that we still wanted to stay for a meal when they were already closing down for the day. The food was quite quick and reasonable sizes for the children’s and adult meals. I would definitely recommend the macaroni cheese with mushrooms and bacon, it was delicious!
Overall Bocketts Farm Park was a fantastic family day out, with a wide range of activities to entertain children. The whole park was clean and well maintained, with plenty of helpful staff. We will definitely make a return visit.
Tickets cost: £10.50 (adult) / £10.95 (child 3-17 years) / £9.20 (child 2 years – under 2’s are free).
For more information visit www.bockettsfarm.co.uk.
Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS
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