The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a struggle for me health wise. Cue half term – of course it always happens when you are not feeling at all your best!
After an awful day on Monday, barely making it out of bed, the mum guilt was high. Although we were doing lots of fun things together at home – movies, crafts, colouring, board games etc, I really wanted to get outside with the kids and have a fun day out.
I checked out a local farm that isn’t too far from our house and discovered they were doing lots of Halloween themed activities including a Halloween trail and a pumpkin patch! I kept it a secret from the boys and roped in my mum to join us for the day.
We headed over just before lunch and paid £17 entry to the farm for the four of us which included access to the farm, the Halloween trail and both the boys got to choose their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. My mum also paid £1 each for two bags of animal feed (one two legged and one four legged).
The boys were super excited when we got there so we let them run off some energy on the park and in the sandpit while we sat down and had a cuppa! Everybody serving was super friendly and they were reasonably priced. There were lots of tables for people to sit at while children played which was nice, and in the Summer I am sure it is filled with people with picnics.
We then set off to see the animals and the boys really enjoyed feeding them, especially the greedy goats, the turkeys and the hugest rabbit we ever did see! There was lots of animals to see and it was nice to see all the animals had names. Riley even found a sheep called Riley which he thought was great!
It was then time to enter the Halloween trail! We were given a map and were told we needed to collect stamps to help free the Witch (who was a good one) from the Boggart! We were told the trail would take around half an hour which was about right (we maybe took a little longer) and that it wasn’t suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs which I had already read on the website. Due to all the rain, the trail was very muddy and wellies were recommended. Luckily I had already seen this on the website too, so we were all prepared!
The boys really enjoyed looking for all the stamps and the trail was well thought out and lots of fun. There were plenty of photo opportunities along the way and it was definitely very muddy, which I think Riley loved the most! The corn maze was fab and the boys really enjoyed trying to find their way through this (there was an alternative route to miss this out if you didn’t want to go round it).
We finally reached the end of the trail and we did it – we had collected all the stamps, said the spell and saved the witch – yay for us! Next up we headed down to the pumpkin patch and the boys explored until they found the most perfect two pumpkins for us to take home.
We walked back up to the farm and let the boys have fifteen minutes on the bouncy pillow before heading back to the car with rumbling tummies and rain clouds looking ominous.
All in all a fabulous time was had by all and I would highly recommend Bluebells to everyone! There is also a large cafe and a play hay barn which we didn’t have chance to explore today but will do on a return visit. I was super pleased with the price for what was available to do and we were all suitably shattered by the end of the day! The staff were all very friendly and we will be back for sure in the future (after putting Riley in the washing machine!).
Check out the Bluebell Farm and Dairy website here to find directions and further information