We have returned to Lincolnshire and we are settled in for the long term, so our explorations have started again in earnest. This week we were hosting Tod’s grandparents. It’s becoming evident that Lincolnshire has the best Park Farms in the country (actually I’ve never been to a park farm or a farm park anywhere else but I’m pretty certain we’ve got the best) so I chose Tattershall Farm Park. The main reason was because it was promoted as an all weather venue and great even on a rainy day. It was peeing it down so that was perfect. It also had an L4 postcode so I thought it would be close to the centre of Lincoln. To those new to Lincolnshire, do not be fooled by the Lincolnshire postcode system. Common sense dictates that LN1 would be the centre of the city while LN4 would just be a few miles out. LN4 is about 30 miles away. In fact, it’s closer to Skegness. Still the journey was scenic and light on traffic.
It was an easy journey until you get to the entrance of the farm park. The road is narrow, potholed and full of muddy puddles. DO NOT wash your car before you visit. My gleaming white car is now a glamorous shade of cow pat brown. Parking was not a problem though, we shared the car park with 7 other cars. As you may have read in a previous blog, this was a baaad sign. It’s half term and we are sharing the attraction with 7 other visiting groups.
The entrance fee is very reasonable £5 per person, £4 for seniors and under 2′s are free. The entrance barn is characteristic of the whole venue. There is a feeling that park has been developed without a clear plan; the space is under-utilised and the exhibits and play areas are a bit random. There is a small reptile room at the end of the entrance barn.
Errrmm? Ok, out into the main attraction then.
These were the choices, play barn, animal barn or a cafe. The outdoor play was a washout due to the weather and there was a deflated bouncy castle lying drenched in the middle of the yard. I empathised. There were some animals in the central yard area. Chickens, game birds and a raccoon. Errrmm??? Ok, on to the play barn then.
Now this is a great place for pre-schoolers. The soft play area is small enough to let your toddler run wild. There is also a separate single level area for toddlers and lots of plastic trikes, quads and scooters to zoom around on.
We also had the place to ourselves! The only thing wrong was that the ball shooter wasn’t working. A disappointment for my Tod but at least I didn’t have to scramble up there to either help him or be a target.
We decided to head for refreshments after the play barn. The cafe doesn’t offer the most extensive menu. Chips, chips and cheese (errrmm?), jacket potatoes or sandwiches. Judging by the smell of cooking oil the chips were a hit. After this we headed to the animal barn with our bag of 60p animal feed. The farm keeps, goats, pigs, alpacas, sheep, rabbits, owls and shetland ponies. A lot of animals to hold under one roof. The pens seem well sized for the smaller animals but I wonder how much exercise the larger animals get.
As we had decided to skip lunch in the cafe we were getting hungry and so it was time to leave. This meant we had missed out the toddler room and sand pit. I popped my head into the toddler room which was a nice sized room for crawlers and younger toddlers but had a strange smell which was a bit off putting. Not dirty but damp, perhaps? I wanted to steer well clear of the sand pit as we had already had a change of trousers and I didn’t want to risk more ground in grime (this may be unfair as I didn’t see the sand pit. I’m just going off my experience of previous places).
All in all this is a reasonably priced place to bring pre-schoolers and although some of the play areas were inaccessible due to the weather there was enough to do to entertain younger kids for half a day. Grandma and Grandpa were actually quite impressed so I think I’ve been spoiled by the other (more expensive) farm parks I’ve visited in the area.