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#Blogmas Day 7: Santa Spectacular At Willow’s Activity Farm Review

Yesterday we went with our friends to the Santa Spectacular At Willow’s Activity Farm. Willow’s Farm is a fantastic farm and full day out situated in London Colney, Hertfordshire which is near St Albans. We absolutely love Willow’s and visit on a monthly basis as there is always so much to do and they run fun programmes throughout the year, so there is something new to do on every visit. We have visited the Santa Spectacular for the last three years and it has always been a fantastic day out!

We arrived at Willow’s and each child was given their Elf Passport to stamp on the way around, a Create-A-Cuddle workshop token and a token to visit Santa.

Firstly we went and watched the 3D Film; Christmas Adventure. The boys were engrossed in it as they haven’t ever seen anything in 3D before. Luckily as we walked out the Nativity Story was starting where the story is told with real animals and the children can dress up.

We then went to the Create-A-Cuddle workshop and swapped our token for a reindeer, stuffing and a coloured heart. Archie loved stuffing his reindeer and chose a blue heart to go inside. You also get given a birth certificate for your reindeer and a lovely gift box for him to live in.

After we walked to the farmyard and saw all of our favourite animals, including new baby piglets and Santa’s Reindeers.

As we were walking around the farm we looked out for the 9 reindeer pictures to write in the Elf Passport to complete the reindeer hunt so we could collect our magic Reindeer food from the gift shop on the way out. As we also completed the Elf Tasks 1-7 in the Elf Passports and collected the stamps Archie became a fully fledged Willow’s Elf!

One of Archie’s favourite things about Willow’s is taking a ride on Tristan the Tractor and even he had had a Christmas make over. On board there were bells for everyone to shake and he played Christmas songs the whole way around. The festive wood ride had been decorated with Christmas decorations and snow and the kids loved it!

We then walked back up to the Grotto to meet Santa himself. The grotto was decorated beautifully with lots of twinkling lights and a lovely place to take a beautiful photo. We waited in line chatting to Holly the Elf and then went off to meet Santa. He was really nice, asking the children what they would like for Christmas and chatted away to them. He then gave each of the children a golden key which allowed them to pick absolutely anything from his Toy Shop. There were so many toys to choose from and finally Archie chose a Doctor’s kit which he hasn’t put down since and even took to bed with him.

We had a lovely day at Willow’s Farm and the Santa Spectacular is amazing with so many fun things to do. You can save money by buying your tickets online instead of on the day. Tickets are £18 per adult and £34 per child (2-15), under 2’s are £19.50 when booking online. The all inclusive price includes:

  • Meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop where children can choose one of the hundreds of gifts piled from floor to ceiling to take home
  • Create-a-Cuddle workshop runs all day and children can make their own reindeer cuddly toy to take home along with a naming certificate and special gift box
  • Attend Elf Academy and learn some of the basics on becoming one of Santa’s elves including how to tiptoe like an Elf and the important letters of the Elf-a-bet
  • Pop your glasses on and take off on a 3D adventure with Santa in a 3D film
  • Join in the fun at the Christmas shows including Christmas Storytime, our Elf Sing-a-Long and special Nativity performances featuring some of the farmyard animals
  • Write a letter to Santa and pop it in the post box to receive a free reply delivered to your home and make other Christmas crafts
  • Glide around the synthetic ice rink with ice skates available to fit all sizes
  • Hop on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around the festive wood
  • Meet Mischka, Santa’s reindeer and all of the other Farmyard animals

Obviously all the usual Willow’s things are included to; Festive Funfair Rides, Cotton Tail Village, Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn with spectacular slides and soft play and the Peter Rabbit playground.

It really is a spectacular day out for all over the family to enjoy this Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas!

February Frolics At Willows Activity Farm

Willows Activity Farm is our local farm to visit and over the years we have visited the farm lots of times, we love it there! Yesterday we went to Willows for the day and they had a jam packed full programme of fun activities for their ‘February Frolics’ half term extravaganza that is running from the 13th to the 21st February.

We arrived at Willows at 11am and the boys went on some of the rides and the JCB young drivers soon and then we went into the art and craft tent and made a sheep out of cotton wool and a paper plate. There are lots of different arts and crafts to choose from and as it was a cold day it was nice to sit inside in the warm.


When we arrived each child is given a ‘Bo Peep’s Lost Sheep’ quiz and when you walk around the farm the answers to the questions are dotted around the farm and once completed every child wins a prize. Oscar really enjoyed this and learnt lots of new interesting facts about sheep and lambs.

Inside we got some lunch and a drink and the boys went into the Woolly Jumpers Indoor play barn and had so much fun. The inside soft play area is really big with fun slides and different things for them to do inside. I love the soft play area at Willows and it is great if the weather is bad to bring Oscar and Archie to the farm and go on the soft play then go in the barn to feed the animals. Even if it is raining it is still a great day out.

After soft play we went into the animal barn and fed the animals and Oscar held a guinea pig. Oscar was very excited about the baby calf that was only a few days old and there is also some baby goats too. Willows also has a temporary lambing marquee which I was really looking forward to seeing. Last year, hundreds of little lambs were born at Willows including twins and some triplets, and this year the numbers are expected to be just as high! Tuck the Shepherd was keeping a very close watch on the flock and gives bottle feeding demonstrations throughout the day. Whilst we were at the farm at 1.30pm one of the sheep gave birth to a single lamb which was amazing for the children to see such a young lamb. There were another two sheep that had had their lambs in the early hours of the Monday morning. I was told it was normal for sheep to have their babies at night so getting to see it during the day was quite rare. You might also get to see this if you go to the farm this half term as there are around 20 sheep due to give birth before Sunday!



We also took a ride on Tristan the runaway tractor, went on the bouncy castles and trampolines and walked around all of the animals. Families can also join in with a sing-a-long in Woolly’s Showtime Theatre and see the Bo Beep puppet show! Tickets are 

Adult Child Under 2’s Member
£13.50 £14.50 FREE FREE

Here is the full programme:

February Frolics Programme

Next up there will be the Easter Eggstravaganza which will be running from the 19th to the 28th March. It is great fun, we went last Easter Sunday and there was so much to do. The Easter Bunny will be visiting every day, there’s an Easter Egg and Bunny Hunt with free chocolate treats for the kids,  Pig Racing and Goat Milking, family shows, adventure play, funfair rides, Tristan the Runaway Tractor and plenty of farmyard animals in our outdoor pens and our under cover animal barn.

There is also something VERY exciting coming to Willows on the 2nd April 2016! A major new themed Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground will be opening. It will feature new play areas centred on the much-loved stars of the animated CBeebies series ‘Peter Rabbit’. Oscar loves Peter Rabbit and when he saw the signs around Willows yesterday got very excited and we can’t wait to come back and see it. 2016 marks 150 years of Beatrix Potter and this is a fabulous way to ensure her most famous creation, Peter Rabbit will be enjoyed for generations to come. This will also be the start of the Holiday Hop event.

Peter Rabbit Hop Along Holiday

Peter Rabbit Is Coming To Willows Farm, April

In April 2016 Peter Rabbit will be arriving at Willows Farm. We love Peter Rabbit in our house, Oscar has all of the toys and I have passed down my Beatrix Potter book collection to Oscar and Archie and in my kitchen I have the most beautiful Peter Rabbit tea pot and Miss Tiggywinkle cookie jar. So I was so excited to hear that Peter Rabbit and his friends were coming to Willows Farm as we visit there a lot and know it will be great fun!

The area, to be named the ‘Peter Rabbit™ Adventure Playground’ will be 1,400 square metres in size and aims to encourage active, imaginative and wholesome play for children. It will have ten activities themed around the world-famous and much-loved Peter Rabbit characters, including the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Kitchen, a Jeremy Fisher Musical Pond and Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventure. The new play attraction will open to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, author of the original books.

The play area’s centrepiece will be The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse, built around a 100 year old ash tree at Willows Activity Farm. This is a huge investment for Willows Farm and I love how they keep developing bigger and better things to give children the best day out!

For more information visit www.willowsactivityfarm.com or follow @Willows_Farm on Twitter for all the latest updates.

Visit Willows Activity Farm This Half Term and Check Out Their Spring Special

On Wednesday afternoon we were lucky enough to be invited to a sneaky preview of the Spring Special event that will be happening next week over the half term break at Willows Activity Farm. We have been to Willows Farm lots of times before and love it there as there is so much to do.






When we arrived Oscar had a drink and a snack and then we met Woolly the sheep which Oscar was excited about and then followed him to where they do the sheep shearing. Tuck the Shepherd showed us how he shears the sheep, which looked like hard work! In fact he told us that the sheep farmers that shear around 250 a day are so fit as it is like running a half marathon everyday and they do it all day every day! I also couldn’t believe the amount of wool that came off of the sheep, it looked like a massive rug.







We then went to watch the Horse Display. I was really looking forward to seeing the performing horses. In fact Oscar said he didn’t believe the lady when she said we would see dancing horses and couldn’t believe it when they actually did that. There is a large horse called Henry and a miniature pony called Obee that have been excellently trained by Jema. We watched them perform to music and they were amazing, it is brilliant to watch.





There is a jam packed full programme for the ‘Spring Special’ next week and then you can also do all of the usual activities too. Willows Farm is a full day out with so many activities to keep the children entertained. As well as the ‘Spring Special’ programme you can enjoy the funfair rides, Tristan the runaway tractor ride, the agility play trail, the Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn as well as seeing all of the lovely animals. If you are looking for somewhere to take your children over the half term break, Willows is the place to go! We had great fun there yesterday and will defiantly be going back next week!


Spring Special

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A Day Out At Willows Activity Farm In London Colney, St Albans

On Sunday we had a day to ourselves as we went out with our family for lunch on Saturday and Easter Monday. I had looked on the internet for fun things to do on Easter Sunday and we decided to go to Willows Activity Farm in London Colney to their Easter Eggstravaganza. We have been to Willows Farm quite a few times before. It is brilliant as there is so much to do there and you really are there all day long. It cost £30 to get in as we had a 2 for 1 voucher and we brought some animal food too.



We arrived at about 10am as we wanted a full day at the farm as the Easter programme had lots of fun things to do on it. The programme is running until the 19th April so you can still go along and have some Easter fun. We went and looked around the animals and Oscar loved the new baby goats and chicks. We fed the animals in the Farmyard barn and then walked over to the pig racing. It is great fun as they have a betting station and the children pick the colour of the pig they think will win and get a coloured chip. Oscar chose blue and the blue pig won so he was given a winner badge as his prize. It was sweet watching all the children cheering for their chosen pig.



We then went to meet the Easter bunny and then took part in the Easter egg hunt where Oscar found five coloured eggs then took them to the egg exchange and was given five chocolate eggs. We also watched the goat milking, the chicken and egg show and then got some lunch in Curly Tails Cafe. After lunch Greg and Oscar went on Tristan the runaway tractor ride.



Oscar went on the bouncy castles and rides which are all included in your entry price and played in the playground and on the assault course. We panned for gold and found eight pieces and Oscar was over the moon to get a medal. He was very proud of himself!



We had a great day at the farm and will defiantly be going back soon. As well as all of the activities I mentioned that we did above here is the full Easter holiday programme. There is also an indoor soft play area which we often visit during the Winter.


February Frolics





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