Our spring trip to Marwell Zoo

April 2015 Dear Mummy, we’ve been to Marwell Zoo many times before, but this was the first time that my mummy had her super-duper camera with her. She likes to think she’s David Bellamy and provided a running commentary on every enclosure … Continue reading

Christmas at Marwell

Father Christmas at Marwell

Dear mummy, what is it with the man in the red suit? Father Christmas, Santa Claus and Saint Nic. He’s the same person right? Today we visited Marwell Wildlife to see the man in question….I don’t know why and I’m … Continue reading

Finkley Down Farm in the rain

Finkley Down Farm in the rain

Finkley Down Farm in the rainThis is the second time we’ve visited Finkley Down Farm. The first time we spent the whole day exploring it in the hot sunshine. So today made a change….it’s raining.

Finkley Down Farm is not just a place where you can see animals they also have a wicked soft play centre, catering from Finkley Down Farm, Andoverbabies up to teens.

There are 5 separated areas and we spend most of our time in the baby and toddler areas, building bricks and running around on slides and playing with the sensory toys.

The perfect thing about it is that mummy and daddy could enjoy a cuppa while I played.

The soft play centre was immaculate, so clean and very well looked after compared to some of the centres I’ve been too. The cafe was reasonably priced and had a great selection of food.

There was more than enough seating available. The toilets were cleaned regularly and staff were mopping up muddy footprints.

I got taken into the larger kids play area with my God Daddy and his son and we played on the slides and climbed. This was all before we’d even seen any animals!

The entrance fee is £8.95 for an adult (free for me), so pretty steep, but on a good day there is a wealth of outdoor activities taking place like sheep racing, an animal petting area, pony rides and a huge adventure playground (this justifies the cost). On a rainy day though we explored the indoors and spend over an hour playing in the soft play areas then visited some animals for a couple of hours.

We saw the tortoises, snakes and spiders (much to my God Daddy’s dismay) the ducks and the rabbits and even saw giant pigs. It was a great opportunity to get out of the house and I loved playing in all the puddles and holding the umbrella. On a rainy day you wouldn’t automatically think about taking a child to the farm, but it was nice and quiet which meant no queues and we could get up close to the animals and I practically had the whole soft play center to myself!

We are now seriously considering a yearly membership to Finkley Down Farm in Andover. This place is great in all weather! For more information visit www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk

Bella x

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Happy Feet at Marwell

Visiting the penguins

Dear mummy, while we were at Marwell Wildlife (Zoo) over the Bank Holiday weekend, we popped into Penguin Cove to meet the zoo keepers and learn more about the wonderful Humboldt Penguins. Penguin Cove at Marwell Zoo opened on 22 May … Continue reading