With Finley starting school in September I am trying to make the most of the Thursdays we have where both boys are off preschool in term time as this is when attractions and days out aren't as busy. With the weather being a little unpredictable when I saw the weather was supposed to be good on Thursday I made plans with one of my friends to go to Cattle Country Adventure Park. I haven't been there in years, since I was about 14, so I cant remember what it was like but after some great reviews I wanted to get a visit in before the summer holidays.
Their opening times are 10am - 3pm on weekdays so we left home about 9.30am as it is a 35 minute drive away, we would be there just after they had opened. As soon as we got out of the car all three children were so excited to be there, they were running and jumping all over the place. We paid and the admission is really reasonable with it costing me £13 for both the boys and myself, as Noah was free.
We were handed a map at the entrance and a guide to tell us what was going on that day. As soon as we left the shop where we had paid the kids spotted the Little Calves play area and they were off! The sun was shining so my friend and I found a bench to sit on while watching them play. They had the whole park to themselves, apart from some people that were sat in the corner having a picnic. In this part of the park there was some play equipment which is perfect for all the three children with it not being too big, and also on the side was a watering hole. This had to be the highlight of this part of the park, they didn't get too wet here, yet!
Finley just couldn't wait to see what else there was and he was off, followed by the two younger ones to the trampolines. There are three trampolines in a row and they are HUGE, big enough for adults to go on too. Next to these were some climbing webs which Finley was climbing while the two little ones had a bounce on the trampoline. Then they spotted The Kids' Berkeley Castle and off they all ran to go and explore the castle. The castle is a wooden play area with steps and bridges and lots of little areas for the kids to explore. While they did this I grabbed the zip wire and had a go, until they saw me and wanted a go. After all having a go on here they were off again.
Next stop was the animal encounters where there is also a little wooden park. In this part of the park there were lots of guinea pigs which were all very friendly and were all lined up for some food. We grabbed some grass and fed them while Finley was off again exploring the wooden park which also had a big tyre swing that after feeding the guinea pigs the three children jumped onto and had a go. This didn't last long as Finley spotted somewhere else to go.
Next was an indoor soft play area which meant my friend and I got to have a little sit down while they charged about. As we were about to leave I realised we had lost Finley's bag, so after a mad dash to have a look and lots of panicking we found it on the digger that they had been on just before. There really is so much stuff for the kids to do and they really don't know what they want to do next.
They decided after a quick wee stop that they wanted to try out some bumper cars, they didn't actually do any bumping they just went round and round in circles until their time was up! It was pretty funny to watch.
From here it was over to see the animals in a barn where there were pigs, rabbits, more guinea pigs, cows, rabbits and some donkeys. The cows were very noisy which the children loved and tried to copy their mooing!
They then made their way over to the jumping pillows which were huge and they all had a blast on these, running from one to the other, getting their soaks covered in sand and very very dirty! I was beginning to get hungry so we managed to get them away from here after a sock change to go to the cafe.
I had a picnic with us so I only got a tea from the cafe but my friend had a panini that looked really nice and was very reasonably priced. They kindly let us sit inside and eat our picnic as it was getting a little chilly outside with the sun going in. Lunch went well with all children eating it all, a rarity with my two.
Just over from the cafe was a slide play barn which Finley was desperate to go in. In there they had lots of different slide and lots of things to climb. There was one slide in particular that the boys wanted to go down and that was a big yellow one. To go down you needed some mats and I can understand why as it was pretty fast! After Finley had gone down once by himself he wanted to go down with me after that and Noah didn't want to go on it again, Noah isn't a thrill seeker at all. The kids had fun climbing and going down various slides, which I had to join them in as they did need a little help with some of the climbing. They had a blast. In this barn they have a very steep slide which I managed to keep the kids away from as I was scared of it so I don't think they would have liked it at all.
From here it was back to the castle and then back to the Little Calves play area where they got back into the water, and they got absolutely soaked. The giggles that were coming from them was lovely but I don't think much of the water got onto the water play station, it went all over themselves. Once they had finished we changed them, they had one more jump on the trampolines and then we started to make our way back to the car. You exit via the shop so the boys got to choose a present each, which ended up as two each, which a straw cup and a squishy frog. My friend had also got them an ice cream so we had three very happy children making our way back to the car.
|Two happy mummy's|
I can't believe that I had never been there before and I will definitely be returning. It is great value for money and there really is so much to do for the children. As it was a weekday it wasn't busy at all which was brilliant for us. I would totally recommend you go here is you are in the area.
* I wasn't asked to review Cattle Country I just wanted to share my views as it was such a brilliant day out.*