White Post Farm – Perfect family day out

white post farm feeding the animals

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.

white post farm bull

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.

white post farm pigs

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.

white post farm birds

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 incubator

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.

white post farm egg facts

I really was impressed at the facts lined up on the wall and the girls enjoyed reading them out loud.

white post farm egg joke

There were also some great jokes too which made me laugh out loud, like this one :)

white post farm feeding time

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.

white post farm

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.

white post farm go kart

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.

white post farm combine harvester

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.

white post farm

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.

white post farm snake for sale

Meercats, hamsters, mice. We walked through barn after barn of animals on display reading the information given along our way.

white post farm soft play

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.

white post farm goat mountain

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.

white post farm show

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.

white post farm

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.

white post farm

For more information on White Post Farm take a look at their website

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  1. July 16, 2015 / 7:52 PM

    I really miss visiting places like this now the kids have grown up, i do however enjoy taking friends children and my niece for days out when I’m back in the UK. Single woman on her own with a camera always gets a few funny looks

    • July 20, 2015 / 2:11 PM

      I must admit it was an excellent day and watching the girls enjoy themselves so much was priceless.

  2. July 16, 2015 / 8:49 PM

    The goat mountain is brilliant! I grew up in the countryside, and came into contact with all sorts of animals, but I think places like White Post Farm actually teach children more about animals and nature than just living in a rural area. They’re great.

  3. July 18, 2015 / 10:06 AM

    We used to go to a smaller farm like that a few years ago. My eldest always talks about it even now! It looks great and it is nice that kids get to meet the animals.

  4. July 18, 2015 / 10:19 AM

    This looks like a really fun and hands on place to visit. I love the goat mountain.

  5. July 19, 2015 / 9:37 AM

    This is exactly the sort of place that my kids would love! We much favour farms that flash theme parks :)

  6. July 19, 2015 / 5:31 PM

    This looks a fabulous place to take the children, we have a local farm that is pretty similar and the children love it.

  7. July 19, 2015 / 8:23 PM

    looks like there was lords to do for everyone, love the pink pigs and the goat mountain. I have an issue with places that charge you to feed their animals and birds, but I would have relented and let me kids feed the goats on goat mountain as it looks like it was a lot of fun

  8. July 20, 2015 / 6:03 PM

    Oh I love White Post Farm – I first started visiting when I was at school and have now taken Sophie too!

  9. July 25, 2015 / 1:46 PM

    We went here last year when in Nottingham. We really enjoyed it & the goat feeding was strange. We liked the play that was on too x

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