White Post Farm is one of the East Midlands most popular visitor attractions and after spending a day there last year with the family I can totally see why.
They’ve been open to the public for 20 years now and the place is huge so make sure you allow lots of time to visit, they are open from 10 am to 5pm every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day and it’s best to make a day out of it.
We visited last summer and once again, I never got around to writing our day up so with the excuse of Time Traveller here I go.
There is an ample car park on site that is free of charge and entrance is via the shop, There is also another shop on site which sells animals and goods you may need for your pets. When you buy your tickets you will see small food bags made up on sale, buy them as one of the key fun things to do is to feed the animals here.
White Post Farm opens out in front of you with barns to the right and open fields to the left. We decided to visit the barns first and were delighted to see the pigs, goats and the most fascinating trip around the bird section where we watched the complete life cycle from egg to hatching through to young chick and beyond.
I really was impressed at the facts lined up on the wall and the girls enjoyed reading them out loud.
There were also some great jokes too which made me laugh out loud, like this one :)
Once we had seen the farmyard barns we went outside and helped out with milking the sheep, the girls loved this activity and did it with just a little help from us.
We walked around the fields of deer, goats, bull, cows, llamas and horse stopping here and there to feed who took our fancy. The girls giggled at the hungrier, greedier animals and were a little upset that the horses didn’t come over to eat anything.
Once we had fed the outside animals the girls played on the go kart ring, a lot. It is included in the price and is an excellent idea. The girls played on it for ages.
If your children are too young for go karts, don’t worry there’s an excellent playground with loads and loads of tricycles. It’s a fenced in area with tables and benches for parents to sit at. There’s even a small kiosk selling drinks and ice creams.
Our next stop was to visit the reptiles, snakes and spiders. I can’t fathom why someone would want to keep them as pets but people do and there are plenty on sale here, I’m just glad they were all tucked away in their cages and tanks but then we passed into the reptiles barn and there was a lovely young lady with one of these in her hands. The girls walked over and held him too pleased with themselves and remarking on the feel of him in their hands. I didn’t go near him.
Meercats, hamsters, mice. We walked through barn after barn of animals on display reading the information given along our way.
Luckily at this point we found a fabulous play centre and the girls ran off once again to let off steam.
We also stopped for lunch in the restaurant which was very reasonably priced had a great menu and looks out over a garden where the children can also play.
What next, you are possibly wondering? Well we came across a goat mountain! How funny. We bought some more feed from a machine close by and then using pulleys the girls would pop the feed in a container and then work it up to the top of the mountain for the goats to scramble over each other to eat.
This was a huge success and we had to replenish our feed afterwards as we ran out it was such fun.
After such a busy day what we needed now was some downtime and once again White Post Farm came up trumps as they organise a show with the farm animals.
In a large barn kitted out with benches to sit on and a long slope for children to sit you can sit and watch the farm animals being brought in and walked up to a point on the stage whilst the entertainer tells stories and jokes about each animal, highly entertaining and a great excuse to sit down for five minutes. Actually it lasted a lot longer than five minutes.
Needless to say the shop has many souvenir items on offer, there are also some very interesting food and drink products on sale which are made on base or locally.
Definitely a great day out and one we will do again next time we’re up visiting my mum.
For more information on White Post Farm take a look at their website
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