Reviewed by Nealy Collins
I was invited to enjoy a day at Willows Activity Farm in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It was a sunny midweek day during the Summer School Holidays and I expected the farm to be really busy. However, upon arrival at around 11.30am we were able to park quite quickly and easily and entering was really quick and simple. We were given a map of the farm and a timetable of events running.
I’ve previously visited Willows Farm on a few occasions throughout the year, they always have something different on offer which makes each visit interesting. This summer Willows are running a ‘Carrot Carnival’ where children can pick their own bunch of carrots from the farms carrot patch.
My two boys (age 6 and nearly 5) were really excited about this! It was a popular event with lots of people surrounding the carrot patch but it was very well organised with plenty of staff on hand to help. Children were given a bucket to fill and adults were offered a fork to dig up the carrots – there were also staff in the field digging. The children loved picking up their carrots, comparing shapes and sizes! We were then given a bag to take all our carrots home in (which we then made delicious carrot cake with!).
Whilst at the farm we were also able to try out the new ‘Big Dig Sand and Splash Play’ – a new sand pit with water activities too. My boys loved this, they took their shoes and socks off and got stuck right in – literally! There were plenty of buckets and spades provided so no arguments to be had! I’m pretty sure my boys could have spent hours here but as there’s so much to do at Willows we moved on to explore further.
We fed the sheep and goats and visited the indoor farmyard where we all held a guinea pig. We saw baby pigs, giant rabbits and fed the horses. Willows is definitely an ‘activity farm’ and I don’t think the animals are really the main attraction anymore, however that’s not a complaint as the children certainly love the activities that are on offer – every time we visit there is something new to explore! There is so much on offer here that I don’t think it’s possible to see and do it all in one visit! The children are constantly entertained.
Everything at Willows is clearly well thought out and family friendly. I noticed on this visit a number of toilets had been added to the outside farm area which is really helpful. They were even big enough to fit a pushchair inside – as a parent these little things make life so much easier!
And because of this I find a day at Willow’s thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing – a huge plus as a parent!
We spent around 5 hours at the farm and could have spent longer, we ended our day in the Woolly Jumpers soft play area – another big hit with my two boys! I can’t fault Willows, it provides non-stop family fun and it seems they are constantly looking to improve the experience they provide and I think they get it absolutely right.
The initial entrance fee may seem expensive especially when paying for a family of four, (£15.50 per child, £14.50 per adult) but I would actually say its great value for money. On this visit I noticed activities that were previously paid for were now ‘included’ in the entrance price – another bonus.
Willows is a fun packed whole day out for all the family and you certainly won’t be disappointed!
Tickets cost £15.50 (Child) / £14.50 (Adult) – book online to save £1 per ticket.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.willowsactivityfarm.com or call 0870 129 9718.
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF