Thurleigh Farm Centre is only a short drive from our house, we never knew how close it was until we went there on Bank Holiday Saturday. This place is brilliant for children, not only do you have farm animals that you can feed, there is a playground outside, soft play inside, tractor rides, fire engine rides and on certain days there is a Gruffalo walk in the wacky woods.
First things first, tractor ride around the farm! Farmer Mark gets as many people on the trailor as possible, I would guess at around 20/30 people can squeeze in the trailor with little bums included and once you are all aboard, he starts up the engine. He has a little circuit that he does with the tractor, which is up to the Wacky Woods and back, it takes around 15 minutes in all and he does it a few times a day. You can see the times on the schedule that you get when you arrive and so you can plan when you are going to enjoy the ride.
Next up we walked around the farm and fed the animals, well Mummy & Daddy fed the animals as Noah was a little worried. We fed the goats, llamas, chickens and pigs. I think Noah enjoyed the chickens most today and Isla loved the piggy’s. The piggy came up to the fence to sniff Isla and after a few minutes she decided that we were OK and plonked herself infront of us, like a dog curling up, it was really cute.
After we fed the animals we went to have a little play in the soft play and then in the playground whilst we waited for Gruffalo story time walk. The indoor soft play area is great, there is a little ball pool area for the little ones by the entrance then a big area for the bigger children. They have 3 levels to climb, a choice of 2 slides, a large ball pool and lots of fun things along the way. Mummy had to follow Noah around whilst carrying Isla and we all had lots of fun, especially in the snakey slide.
We then went on the Gruffalo walk in the woods and followed mousey around the woodland, the story was told to us by Farmer Mark and it was great fun. After the Gruffalo walk we sat outside by the playground and ate our little picnic and had a little go on the swings and slide – then it was fire engine time.
The fire engine ride meets up throughout the day and Farmer Mark did 2 trips so that little Noah could get a go as he was last on the queue for the first trip. But it was worth it, just to see his little face light up on the fire engine and hear him excitedly shouting “nee nar” with Farmer Mark. He does a little circuit around the farm and stops just outside the farmers house, where he lets the little ones have a go at the fire engine hose and making a splash everywhere. It was lots of fun and Noah enjoyed helping Farmer Mark and Daddy reel the hose back into the fire engine, so that we could get in it to go back to the farm.
Finally, we let Noah run around the outside play area with Isla – they had fun climbing on the wendy houses, bouncing on the trampolines and going down the slide. It was nice to see them running around, freely, it was a fenced off area too so we were a little more relaxed with the kids. We were really impressed with the way the farm had been laid out and the facilities it had to offer.
You can keep up to date with what is going on with Thurleigh Farm Centre on their Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter too: @ThurleighFarm. Great fun for all the family, right near the heart of Bedfordshire.