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Mead Open Farm is in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, just under an hour away from Northampton (see map at bottom of post). There are a number of things to do at Mead Open Farm other than just seeing animals. In fact, for a farm, I don’t think there are all that many animal varieties. However, you can still spend the day here with everything else that is on offer.
The animals you can expect to see are some pigs, goats, cows, ponies, chickens, and rabbits.
At set times of the day, they get out a number of the adorable bunnies and put them on a large table for you to have a pet.
Bags of animal feed are available to buy to share between the animals you meet.
When visiting the pigs you view them from higher up. There is a wind-up tractor and trailer that you can fill with food and then “drive” over the top of the pigs and empty over the top of them.
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tractor rides and go-karts…
There are a few different kids tractors and go-karts that my boys loved driving around on. The larger go-karts take some muscle power to move and my kids did get stuck a few times but they loved them and had about 10 goes each.
sand and water play…
There is a large fenced area full of sand and pretend JCB diggers to climb on.
giant jumping pillows…
The jumping pillows are probably the most popular area of Mead Open Farm. I totally get it too, they are great fun! There is a giant pillow for the bigger kids and a smaller one for the under 5s. The bigger one is supervised but does get really crowded. Flinn did come off with a bloody nose at one point and the guy supervising was quick to help by fetching some tissue. He was straight back on though once it was cleaned up.
sky trail, sky tykes high ropes, and rock climbing wall…
This was closed on the day we went but it looks amazing for the older kids and reaches 20ft high in the middle of the farm so I imagine offers some good views over the other play areas. This is included in the admission price but is weather (and covid), dependant. It also only operates from February to October.
Mead Open Farm offers food from the Grain Store Kitchen. There are sandwiches, pizzas, and a few other hot meal options available. The food is supposedly really good however we took our own picnic which I was really grateful for as the queue for the cafe was huge (this may have been due to precautions they were having to take due to covid)
If like me you do take a picnic, there is a number of benches scattered around the outdoor play areas as well as lots of grassy areas to set up a picnic.
At the entrance of the grassy area, there was also a trailer where you can buy hot and cold drinks.
On top of what I have already mentioned, there is also an amazing outdoor play area suitable for children of all ages, my boys could have spent all day in this. It is, however, one of those play areas that can take you ages to find the kids when it’s time to go home! Again, next to the play area were some benches so you can have a coffee or some lunch while they play.
There are also some indoor play areas suitable for children of different ages. Due to covid, these were closed on the day of our visit however they do look amazing. You can find out more about their play areas here.
conclusion of Mead Open Farm…
The boys and I all had a great day out at Mead Open Farm. I was disappointed with the number of animals there was to see and found the whole day was more about adventure and play. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just depends on what you are looking for. It is well suited to younger children as well as the older ones and there are great options for food and drink.
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Have you been to Mead Open Farm? What did you think?