Although I’m a Summer baby, I do love Winter and all the fun seasonal events it brings with it, Halloween, Fireworks Night and my favourite of all Christmas.
We haven’t had a fun family day out in a while as Mr H has been so busy with work, so I decided to use Halloween as an excuse to visit Willows Activity Farm’s Pumpkin Festival event to spend quality time together.
Baby K and I have been to Willows Farm once before in Spring for their Lambing Festival so I was looking forward to going back and enjoying a spooky day out and watching baby K pick out his very own pumpkin.
It was a little on the pricey side, costing £42 for all three of us, but this includes a free pumpkin for every child, entry to the soft play, all the funfair rides and activities, you could also take your own picnic to enjoy.
Upon entry we were given a map and schedule of the times of all the events, as we got there at 10:30am we decided to see the events first and they go to all the things that were running constantly throughout the day.
Our first stop was the Lily Bobtail Show where we sat and watched Lily and her friend get all the little kids involved in taking food to Lily’s friends.
We brought along some food for baby K and Mr H and I grabbed a burger and hot dog, which was delicious.
As we finished up lunch it was time for Woolys Sing-a-Long, which took place on the outside stage which was decorated with pumpkins, spider webs and hay stacks.
Once Wooly was done singing and dancing we moved along to see the Pig Racing, now I don’t know about anybody else but I’ve never seen a pig race before so was really interested to see how this was going to work. There was a little booth with details of which piggys would be taking part in the race and you could each place your ‘bet’ on who you think will win. A member of staff gave us a coloured token to represent the pig of our choice and we then took our place around the fence to watch the pig race unfold, I have to say it was really exciting.
After the buzz of watching the pigs race we took in another show with Benjamin Bunny who decided to play hide and seek with the kids screaming ‘he’s behind the tree!’ even though baby K didn’t want to go down to the front he loved watching the shows and following the songs and movements.
After seeing three shows for the day we decided to give some of the other activities a go starting with baby K’s favourite thing, a ride on Tristan the Run Away Tractor, the driver took us around the farm where we could see some of the bigger animals grazing in their fields, the journey had been decorated for Halloween with cobwebs and hanging ghosts on branches and even a massive spider! It was fun to see what would be lurking around the next corner.
We then moved on to the pumpkin patch to collect baby K’s pumpkin using his ticket that was given to us at the door. Even though it was the last day of the event there were still plenty of pumpkins ready for picking in all different sizes, and although this was for baby K I think Mr H enjoyed hunting for the perfect pumpkin to take home!
Pumpkin chosen and bagged after half an hour of searching we moved on to the fun fair part of the farm, the rides were perfectly suited for children so you don’t have to worry about them wanting to go on rides which are to big for them and they’re all free! Baby K wanted to go on the teacups and the spinning swings, which he loved, he wasn’t too interested in the bouncy castle slide, which I was secretly relieved about as it looked a bit too high! The sand playground with the diggers however was a favourite, with plenty of trucks and sand around he was in his element.
Mr H and I decided it was time to grab a hot drink and seat after hours of waling around, so we took baby K into the JCB area and let him run free while we warmed up with a nice hot chocolate.
We ended the day with a visit to the animal barn to feed the animals and pet the rabbits and guinea pigs, it was lovely to see baby K interact with the the animals and feed them. Mr H took a liking to the horses and ended giving them most of our trail mix!
It was a great day out getting us into the fun of Halloween without being too scary for baby K and getting us out into the fresh air. Our next visit to Willows Farm will be for their Christmas Santa Spectacular event which I’m really looking forward to, yes me not baby K! I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the kids and what baby K will be like when he meets Santa!