Find out what Mumbler Nikki thought about her recent family day out to Piglets Adventure Farm near York.
Piglets Adventure Farm commonly referred to as simply ‘Piglets’ is a guaranteed fun-filled day out for all and is where we headed to on our family day out.
Open throughout the majority of the year with lots of appropriately themed seasonal activities, we purchased tickets for their ‘Summer Fun’ adventure. These can be purchased in advance on their website at a discounted rate of £9.95 per child and £8.95 per adult with free entry for children under 1. Concession rates are also available with proof provided on the day. Tickets on the door have a slightly increased cost of just £1 per ticket.
Make the most of it and get there when it opens
We arrived as the doors opened at 10am to a fairly empty car park and a day of drizzle! We accessed through the small but well-stocked shop and were given a map and timetable of the day’s activities.
In an attempt to escape the rain, we headed straight for the Tractor and Trailer ride which would take us to the indoor Play Barn. There was no queue so we jumped straight on board and within a couple of minutes arrived at the barn.
Enjoy the indoor fun, especially if it’s raining
The kids (aged 4 & 13) were in their element with three indoor slides, a ‘foam block pit’, and a rope swing. My youngest particularly enjoyed the ride on tractors & spent ages riding around through the hay bales.
We purchased a coffee from their in-house coffee shop & sat on one of the many indoor picnic benches watching them play. We noted they also sold a range of cakes and other snacks including pizza made fresh on site all of which seemed reasonably priced. It’s also worth noting if you’re the parent to a young child who ‘can’t hold’ they now have permanent toilets in the barn which were clean and in good order, with baby change and toilet training facilities available!
After an hour or so, the rain seemed to stop so we rounded up the kids to go back to the main farm area. With regular return journeys, we didn’t need to wait long for the tractor ride back, passing a couple of open fields and stys full of baby piglets on the way much to my youngest’s delight.
Explore all the activities outside
Back at the main area, the kids (or rather, my eldest) took charge of the event timetable & proclaimed we were heading to the Barrel Train. Due to the rain, it was typically wet and muddy but it all added to the fun as both kids climbed on board and enjoyed being bumped around the track. The queues were short and the ride quick so they had a couple of go’s before heading over to the go-kart track where a selection of both single and double go-karts were available. My eldest spent a good 10 minutes racing around the track with her brother bouncing around beside her.
Watch a live-action show
An announcement on a microphone system cut short their fun as it was declared the ‘Magic Hatter’ show was about to start in the seasonal show tent. We headed over and were pleasantly surprised by the large gazebo filled with banquet chairs in front of a small stage. The kids gathered around on the floor and were kept well entertained by the renowned Magic Hatter. As an adult, I could see the use of audience participation and slapstick comedy was a sure-fire hit with the kids, as were some of the puns with the adults!
Time for lunch
The kids at this point announced they were starving, so we grabbed one of the many picnic tables on offer. Whilst we did spot an inside seating area filled with tables to bring your own picnic or alternatively sit and eat from ‘The Trough Cafe’ we had however bought our own and enjoyed the sunshine which was now beginning to make an appearance.
Don’t miss the pig racing!
The tannoy made another announcement just as we finished lunch & we noted a herd of people heading towards the ‘Pig Racing Arena’. We followed the crowd & sat down on the edge of the grassy bank to hear the staff gearing up the crowd to cheer on the release of their pigs who were to race around a paddock to the sound of the crowds cheers. As an added bonus, the kids got to run around the outside following their favourite pig. In case you were wondering, our family favourite ‘Boar-us Johnson’ came in second!!
With time to relax before the next animal feeding session at 2.30pm, the kids let loose on the play equipment in the middle of the park. This included a build and play sand pit, bouncing pillows, Olympigs obstacle course, a Truffles farmhouse & barn play area & yet more ride on tractors. With all this going on, we didn’t get chance to try out the seasonal ‘Water Wars’ or the Crazy Golf course….
Feed the farm animals
With the kids sufficiently fed an hour or so ago we headed to the animal barn, a short walk across a pond via a wooden bridge and past a field with a few animals present. Dodging the chicken that decided to cross our path as we entered the busy barn, we were met with a variety of typical farm animals all eagerly awaiting their lunch. A scramble ensued as the buckets were bought out filled with fresh vegetables, however the staff did ensure that each child got a go at feeding the animals whether it be the goats, rabbits or Guinea pigs. Whilst there, we popped into the ‘Piglets Maternity Ward’ to find a mother and her baby’s suckling happily in their pen. Due to the crowds gathering, we didn’t stay for the animal handling session immediately afterwards but are sure it was worth building into your stay if you have time.
Get lost in the maize maze
We headed towards the Maize Maze and immediately regretted our decision after getting lost within the first few minutes! We decided to do the ‘timed run’ (not compulsory) having a small mobile device that you ‘plug’ into each find within the maze. This was a great concept as it meant no cheating but after about 10 minutes started to work against us. Needless to say we quit having reached 7 out of the 8 targets….
Even have a trip to the ‘beach’
We then headed off to the newly built ‘Beach area’ & I must say this is where Piglets shine. As explained previously, Piglets is a near all year round experience and each time we go, there is something new. The beach didn’t disappoint.
A row of pretty painted wooden beach houses greeted us along with a large sand and water play area & a small coffee shop. The beach huts were available to hire for £20 a day but worth considering for a full day’s use. The weather was playing ball so we sat down for another coffee while the kids played. Looking around, you already get the feeling that this extremely new area is already set to expand shortly….
End the day with a foam party!
The highlight of the day & the one the kids were looking forward to the most was undoubtedly the Foam Party at 4pm. We gathered around the closed off area and after about 10 minutes of ‘warming up the crowds’, thanks to the over enthusiastic staff doing a conga line through the spectators, the foam was released! The kids were in their element!
We left not long after the foam party finished although the park was open for another half or so. Both kids were wiped out as we picked up an ice cream on the way out from the Ice Cream Parlour & had a quick look around the gift shop on the way back to the car. For just £1, my youngest was able to buy 3 small Pick n Mix plastic animal figures to add to his collection at home which he was very proud about! The eldest was simply content with her ice cream and a sit down in the car after a long and busy day.
Useful links & information
Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST See more details for Piglets here. For more Mumbler reviews of the attractions in and around York visit the Mumbler Review section here.