Back in early Spring we decided to treat ourselves to a family membership at the Cotswold Farm Park.
The total cost of the membership, for six of us, was £210.00. This is for an annual pass which allows free entry on any day during their open season. The farm park is closed for approximately two months of the year so you must take this into account before purchasing.
For us to visit the Cotswold Farm Park as a family without membership it would cost us £61.50. Therefore we’d need to visit around 3.5 times to get our moneys worth. We’ve only had the membership for around three months and we’ve already been around 5 or 6 times. Not always as a family of six – sometimes it’s just the littlest two and I but I’m already impressed with how much we’ve used our membership.
I was worried we might grow bored of visiting the same place every few weeks but so far we’ve just been loving it! Every time we visit there seems to be something different to see or do. Lambing season has just come to an end and the kids have loved seeing what’s new in the Animal Barn. Last we visited we saw a new litter (?) of piglets which were just a day old.
As well as this the kids have held chicks, bottle fed lambs, cuddled rabbits and watched a cow being milked.
It’s also nice to know that, as parents of small children, we don’t need to try and cram everything into one visit. If you’re a parent you’ll know what it’s like….they get tired, they get sick, they get bored and they get hungry at the drop of a hat. To be able to just call it a day when it suits you is great!
Being members allows us to enter the park an hour earlier than the advertised opening time of 10:30am and it means we can either come straight from the school run or we can come and beat the crowds at the weekends and head home just as it’s getting busy around midday. There are only limited areas open for the first early entry hour however it’s enough to keep the girls amused regardless of the weather and there’s also plenty of coffee!
The farm park run seasonal events which have been a lot of fun. We visited over Easter and hunted for rabbits in the woodland walk area and are planning to visit next week when they have a ‘Meet the Machinery’ weekend. We’re also looking forward to pumpkin picking at Halloween and Santa’s Grotto in December.
Mabel’s our resident animal lover and she would spend all day feeding the goats their animal snacks one at a time – for someone so little she’s so brave!
When the kids have had enough of the animals there are a couple of play areas as well as the bouncy pillows and and indoor soft play zone for 0-4 year olds. The bouncy pillows are without a doubt my kids favourite thing to do at the farm park so we tend to sit next to them when we have our picnic and they can come and go as they please.
The farm park really has come on a lot in the last few years and the addition of the new bar/restaurant is great – they even do takeaway pizza in the peak season in case you can’t be bothered to cook after a long day!
If you’re looking for an annual membership and you’re local to Guiting Power/the Cotswolds I’d highly recommend Cotswold Farm Park.