Last half term were were invited to review Godstone Farm in Surrey as part of my Days Out series
Godstone Farm has been a family favourite locally for many years. It’s in Surrey, about half an hour drive from Sevenoaks.
Obviously things have changed since I was little. There is now a sizable soft play area, huge sand pit and adventure playground as well as the farm and animals.
We arrived after 11.30am (we are not early risers!) and would suggest that you prepare for a long walk if you arrive late. I mean, if you are going to a farm for the day you are likely to be up for a walk but it is VERY popular and therefore there are a LOT of cars.
We parked and made our way to the entrance gates where we were met with a huge queue – did I mention it’s very popular? It didn’t take too long to get through though but children were getting agitated.
When we went to Godstone Farm the theme was “Little Farmer Week”
You were given a checklist of things to do around the farm. A lot were at specific times and we’d missed the first sessions. Also we didn’t know our way around so we abandoned that in favour of a mooch.
Once in we headed to the ice cream hut for coffee and ice creams. We find the kids pester all day otherwise. We found some picnic tables near the big sandpit to sit at. Then the kids went to play in the sand pit.
The sandpit is large, clean and has lots of toys (buckets, spades and so on) to play with. There are a few benches facing the sandpit but there is never enough seating wherever you go in my opinion!
The sandpit is actually for under sixes but we didn’t realise until afterwards (the big sign on the back wall didn’t give it away) but there were lots of older children in there.
I think it might have been nice if parents supervised it a bit more (I’m just as guilty of looking at my phone as the next person), otherwise I would suggest a member of staff keeping an eye on things would be an idea. Even if they had a wander past very so often to turf out the older ones that are messing about.
We managed to drag the kids away to explore the rest of the farm.
The farm itself is vast and there are lots of farm animals to visit. Most are friendly but there are signs reminding you that they aren’t pets and which ones you can and can’t stroke.
There are hand washing stations EVERYWHERE. It is worth remembering that animals carry some nasties and you are responsible for making sure you and your family wash their hands. There is no excuse as there is no shortage of washing facilities. Godstone Farm are taking this very seriously.
Even on a busy day you still get to see the animals but you do have to be patient. There were crowds of children at every pen.
Spring is a fab time to visit Godstone Farm
We were very lucky when we visited that piglets and a lamb were born the previous week
Godstone Farm is home to lots of different animals
They also have animals you’re more likely to find as pets like rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as more the exotic degus and rats.
There is a petting corner where children can sit quietly and hold animals like rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as chicks on this occasion. It was very busy when we went so we didn’t get to hold any animals.
Godstone Farm also has a dinosaur trail which was a particular highlight for our toddler, Little L.
In typical toddler style he loves dinosaurs so this was an added bonus for the day out.
There is a lot of water about in this area so be sure to keep an eye on little ones. It is fenced off but they will find a way!
What did we think of Godstone Farm?
We had a lovely day although I think our seven year old has sadly outgrown farms. He spent a bit of time moaning. There is plenty for all ages to do with the adventure playground but obviously when you have two quite different ages they need to stay together.
The idea that children can get up close and even pet some of the animals is wonderful.
It would have been nice to see more staff around the farm. When I did they were chatting together rather than interacting with people. I prefer it when there are people who can tell the children more about the animals and answer questions. Obviously they were supervising the activities but to have them at the pens and in the field would be nice.
Queues to get drinks and snacks were very long, ten minutes or so. I think, perhaps, the number of people using the farm is bigger than they can cope with at busy times. In future I will take more refreshments rather than relying on buying them, although they may well have more facilities open in the summer.
All in all it was a nice day out though and I would go back again.
For current Godstone Farm prices and discounts check their website here
*we received entry to the farm free of charge but all opinions are my own