Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival Review

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Pumpkin Festival

22-30 October 2016

Reviewed by Nealy Collins

As a family we always enjoy a visit to Willows Activity Farm in St Albans, Hertfordshire. There is always something different going on and no matter what the weather or season, there is always plenty to see and do at the farm.

This October half term Willow’s are holding their Pumpkin Festival where amongst other seasonal activities each child can pick their own pumpkin to take home. There is also an arts and crafts tent where children can carve their chosen pumpkin – great for parents, leaving all the mess behind!

There are always quality displays around the farm and the Pumpkin Festival is no different, from the giant haystack of ‘pumpkins’ in the car park to the ghostly trail leading up to the huge pumpkin patch, it’s clear to see how much time and effort goes into creating the events held at Willow’s.

On arrival at the farm we were given a scratch card which was part of a pumpkin hunt – children were able to search for numbered pumpkins around the farm, answering questions and scratching off relevant answers on the card in the process. My two boys really enjoyed this and whilst there’s always lots to keep them thoroughly entertained at the farm, I found this was something engaging and interactive that I could help them with and get involved with. At the end of the day the children were given a badge in exchange for a completed scratch card and they were very proud of their badges!

The list of things to do at Willow’s farm is endless but we always love visiting the farmyard animals – after all it is a farm! It was very busy on the day we visited but this didn’t make a difference to our enjoyment. There was plenty of staff on hand and we were still able to hold the lovely guinea pigs – one of our favourite things! The farm is so well thought out and family friendly – from plenty of well positioned hand washing facilities with automatic paper towel dispensers to high level door operating buttons and plenty of outdoor and covered seating areas. This makes for a really relaxing and enjoyable day out as a parent, one of the many reasons I think Willow’s farm is good value for money.

As part of the Pumpkin Hunt we walked down to the Match the Scarecrows game at the end of the field. Although simple, this was a great game – well thought out and suitable for most ages. My boys really enjoyed running amongst the cut-out scarecrows looking to see which matched and which didn’t!

We really enjoyed collecting our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, what better way to learn about where food comes from then by picking it yourself! On the walk leading up to the patch was a step by step guide to how pumpkins are grown – perfectly written for children as my son was able to explain to me on the way home!

We spent some time in the Woolly Jumpers Indoor Play Barn and the JCB Young Drivers Zone before heading home – another favourite part of the farm for my boys. Despite it being busy the service at the café was still good and after a very short wait we were able to get seats in the Play Barn.

There is so much on offer at Willows that it’s almost impossible to do it all in a day – but that just makes each visit unique. The Treehouse Adventure, Inflatable Slide and the Big Dig are just a few attractions, there’s also the Peter Rabbit Playground and Toddler Town for the under 5’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to watch the ‘Sam-Tastic Magic-Ween Show’ which is part of the Pumpkin Festival programme but we heard it’s very good! We have never been to Willows and not had a brilliant day so thank you once again Willows!

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £17.50 to £18.50 (book online in advance and save up to 25%).

For more information or to book tickets visit

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF


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