My son turned 2 at the beginning of September, and as a treat we decided to take him to Fisher’s Farm. I used to love going there as a kid (we’re talking 15+ years ago now!), and I’d heard about all the exciting little rides and soft play areas that had been added since.
Well, we weren’t disappointed! We started our day with a tractor ride (T has a slight tractor obsession) and were driven through the fields to see the cows, sheep and pigs. For a kid who loves farm animals, this was perfect – being that close to them out in the open, with just the railing of the trailer between us. We saw the calves running across the field together as they all made their way down to the rattle of a food bucket, and we had the sheep jumping up at the trailer and sticking their faces in. T was in his element. He wasn’t too impressed when we got sprayed with water at the end though!
We put some (free) bets on at the Fisher’s Farm bookies, where they were doing races for sheep and Shetland ponies. Luck wasn’t on our side though, and we walked away empty handed…although it was nice to see the winners being awarded little medals.
T loved the animals encounters barn, especially when he got to stroke a cow. They also had alpaca, donkeys, goats, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, and you could go into the little incubation room to see the eggs and a few little babies.
The best bit of the barn though (in my opinion – the best bit for T was the cow!) was the small animal handling session were we got to see and hold/stroke a giant snail, a chick, two little bunnies and a guinea pig.
There were so many different rides and play areas to explore, but we had mainly gone there for the animals. T did enjoy the jumping pillows though, as well as the wooden maze, Fisher’s Express train, and the new indoor wooden sensory play area.
All in all we had a fantastic day, but it was sad to see that since I had last been it had become less about the animals and more about the play. That seems to be the same with a lot of places now though, and I guess everywhere is competing to keep going. It’s definitely somewhere we would go again however, especially as he gets older and can make the most of more of the rides and play areas!