With the weather looking good on Saturday we decided to go to Millets Farm Centre, a place we have been meaning to go for a while. We left home about 11am and it took us about an hour and a half with a coffee and snack break on route.
So we arrived about 12.30am and with both boys having had a sleep they were in a lovely mood. We headed straight for the Farmhouse Restaurant as we were all pretty hungry. It was very busy but we still managed to find a seat inside. It is a lovely restaurant with a great range of food, hot and cold. Hubby and I shared a tuna and cucumber sandwich while the boys shared a café lunchbox, including soft drinks it came to just over £14. Which wasn't too bad and it was enough food for us all with no wastage. The boys always share lunch as they both don't eat that much at lunchtime. So the 4 items plus a drink was just right for them.
Once all refuelled we headed to the play park. Finley couldn't wait and literally charged into the play area, followed by Noah who does everything Finley does. The park is great with slides, climbing frames, swings and rockers. Something for all ages. They also had motorised tractors in the corner that I think you had to pay for but there was a queue so we didn't have a go on these.
After some play we managed to get the boys away from the park by heading towards the animals. We first met some goats, one was very fascinated by us and just stared us out lol! We then met the sheep. We spent a good 10 minutes stood by the sheep with the boys baaing and the sheep baaing back. This was hilarious for the boys so kept them amused for a while.
Just over from the sheep was a vintage carousel. It was £1.80 per person but as Noah was sharing with my husband they only charged us half for him, which I thought was very kind of them. Finley had his own horse for the first time and he loved it. He thought he was being so grown up. He did so well and held on the whole time.
Once the ride had finished we made our way over to the falconry centre. We didn't go in as you needed to pay to get in and the boys aren't that fussed on birds, maybe another time.
We then strolled along to see all the other animals which included more sheep, cows, pigs, rheas, ducks and alpaca's. At the end of the animal pens there is a large open space for children to run and then some woodland. There is plenty of open space to have a picnic, so next time I think this is what we will do.
We managed to bribe the boys back towards the main building with the promise of doing some craft. Just outside of the garden centre there is a little craft hut, Millets Craft Shack. They had a Decopatch paper activity on where children could do a decopatch first letter of their name. This was £5.99 per letter and so worth the money. The boys, and us, got well stuck into this and loved this activity. We got covered in glue but had a lot of fun, Noah left daddy to do his while he said hello to passers by! They have different activities on which are displayed around the park.
While these were drying we headed over to the Pick Your Own. There was so much to choose from, they have strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, broad beans plus so much more. Check out their website to see what else they have for you to pick. We got to the entrance and got three punts, one each for the boys and one for me, hubby was going to help the boys. To get to the crops you head up a little driveway where there is a sign to let you know where every crop is. We started with the blackberries and the boys loved it! They had so much fun finding all the black ones in between the red ones.
From here we headed to the strawberries and then lastly onto the raspberries. We chose these as they are our favourite. It was great fun picking our own and we can't wait to eat and make stuff with the fruit that we picked.
You then go into the farm shop to pay for your picks. The shop is huge and has everything you could think a farm shop would have. We also picked up some grapes and rhubarb. It was great value for money and is fab to know it was grown there and I am sure will taste so much better knowing that.
The boys were getting tired so we picked up their decopatch letters and headed to the car.
We really did have the best day out. As a family with two toddlers our days out are hit and miss but Saturday was a good day. We all enjoyed it and only had a few tantrums from the terrible two's one lol!
I would totally recommend Millets Farm Centre as a day out. We spent a good 3 hours there and could easier have stayed longer had the boys not been tired.
*We paid full price for everything that we did at Millets Farm Centre. All opinions and views are 100% my own.*