Reviewed by Kelly Dewey
It was quite a journey for us to get to Godstone Farm in Surrey, taking around an hour and a half from our home on the south coast but wow was it worth it, I’d travel there again today if I could.
When we arrived, parking was well signposted and even though it was a sunny Saturday during the school holidays there were ample parking spaces. The member of staff at the reception desk was very welcoming, friendly and informative. Our first stop was the toilets to the right of the entrance. These were clean and spacious (which is refreshing to see as sometimes I go in with 1 or 2 toddlers and its quite a squeeze to even close the door!). These toilets were in front of probably one of the biggest play areas I’ve seen, the children couldn’t wait to run off and explore. This area was set on rolling hills which had a lovely atmosphere and lush views of the countryside with every piece of play equipment you could think of. I’ve never seen such variety at a children’s farm and trust me I’ve been to a lot in my time, even including a junk modelling section and messy play in a marquee on top of one of the hills. There was a sandpit area, swings, sledges, death slides, wooden climbing towers, slides. One of my favourite parts was a double swing with a baby swing and adult / older child swing attached and facing each other, perfect for parents or older siblings to enjoy watching their baby / toddler enjoy the swing.
All the animals were really well kept and looked happy and content, the animal holding barn was a great way for the children to get up close and personal and to ask the staff questions about the animals. Some farms do set session times for animal handling, but I preferred this as you weren’t clock watching or stressing where you had to be at different times. We came back to this area several times and had great experiences each time.
Mr Bungles magic show was really funny and interactive, he had both children and adults laughing and it was a lovely corner of the farm to sit down and enjoy the show. Unfortunately, my daughter volunteered me to take part in an action song, despite my attempts to hide under my picnic blanket which gave my family a laugh at my embarrassing moment!
At every corner we turned there seemed to be something amazing over and above your normal farm activities. My favourites were the ride on track with the mini tractors, the music zone with den building and mud kitchens, the lawn games, and the memory lane shed where the story of the farm was told was so endearing and made me fall in love with the farm that much more.
If I had to mention one small negative it would be the extra charge for the tractor ride. I feel once you’ve paid to enter and spent money on ice creams etc. you should feel pressured from the children to spend even more money on these things.
Although the farm is geared up for children I felt the parents had been thought of too, there were so many play areas where the children were so engaged with what activities were there that it meant the parents could sit down, watch and may even get in a rest and a cup of tea! The chill out zone was another great area, undercover with several sofas set out for a really comfy rest or maybe a shelter from rain if needed. Another favourite, in fact they were all my favourite, so many epic things to do on the farm, it was so much more than just another farm. An absolute corker of a day out. I wish we lived closer as we’d be getting an annual pass for sure.
Tickets cost from £9.90 (Save money by booking online in advance).
For more information or to book tickets online visit godstonefarm.co.uk.
Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8LX | 01883 742546