Half term is upon us and with hubby having a few consecutive days off work we decided to take the opportunity before Storm Doris hit to visit a couple of local attractions. We have heard lots of good things about Down At The Farm in Houghton Le Spring, just off the A690 heading towards Sunderland, and having driven past it on numerous occassions we decided to take advantage of the fine weather.
We arrived just after lunchtime which seemed the perfect time as I cant imagine spending all day at the farm, with a 2 year old and scheduled times for certain animals we would have been too tied to have to stand around all day waiting for the different activities.
Each half hour there is a chance to do something to help around the farm, 1pm wash the pigs, 1.30 hold baby rabbits etc etc. Amelia was ready to run to the next part after 5 minutes so set times dont work well with her lol
She did however sit still long enough to hug a bunny!
The whole farm is well set out and for somewhere that is not far from the A690 it has a decent supply of animal for the children to learn about and even feed. The bags of feed are available in the cafe for £1.50 and it is a good size bag of food – not one of these little pick n mix bags you get at zoos etc!
The main attraction is obviously the baby animals including chicks, lambs, pigs etc but the big pull for the girls was the playgrounds too, with a couple to choose from and not too many people in attendence they had free reign to run and play as much as they wanted.
Big kid included! lol
With prices of £22 for a family of 4, £27 for a family of 5 and an additional £5.75 per adult or £6.25 per child over 2 it is a cheap day out for the whole family, quad bike and the barrel rides are at an additional cost but we didn’t do these as Milo and Amelia were with us and you needed to be over 3 to barrel ride anyway. We did spend an additional £23 in the cafe but that was for 6 hotdogs, 6 drinks and a little wind up dog (Amelia can not go into a shop without wanting something!) so if you took a picnic this of course would be something you could save on.
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