RECOMMENDATION | Piglets Adventure Farm, York
Why I love it:
Piglets Adventure Farm is a great place to go for a fun family day out, just 15 minutes from York city centre. There are lots of different activities for children of all ages and you can easily spend a full day there. Piglets is a petting farm, adventure park, indoor play centre and much more, rolled into one.
To keep the kids entertained all day as there is so much to do. Also, expect to be asked 100 times if you can take one of the Shetland ponies home.
Value for money:
I think it’s good value for money considering all the different activities on offer and for a full day out.
During the week, it costs £6.95 per child (children under 1 are free) and £5.95 per adult. Weekend prices are £9.95 per child and £8.95 per adult. There’s £1 off the prices if you buy the tickets online.
Membership is great value if you visit a lot – £50 for children and £45 for adults – which gives you unlimited access for a year.
Piglets Adventure Farm is one of my go-to places in York for a fun family day out. My 3-year-old daughter Florence loves it but there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained for the whole day. That’s the thing I really like about Piglets, there’s a really wide range of things to do so there’s no chance of hearing the dreaded three words “I’m bored now.” I have to literally drag Florence out of the place at closing time!
The site is divided into 3 main areas – the outdoor adventure park, the farm and an indoor play barn.
On entering, you go into the outdoor adventure park which has lots of individual, well-thought-out play areas. There are bouncing pillows to jump on (one for older children and one for younger ones to avoid collisions!), an ‘Olym-Pig’ assault course to clamber over, nature trails to explore, a giant sandpit to dig in, tunnels to scamper through, climbing frames to conquer, go-karts to race and crazy golf to play. The barrel train is great fun and Florence is enchanted with the Fairy trail which involves hunting for mini fairy houses in the woods.
There’s a tractor ride to hop on to get transported the short distance to the play barn. In here there’s a straw mountain, giant slides, rope swings and a ride-on tractor circuit. Most of the activities at Piglets are outside though which makes it perfect when there’s good weather but I personally wouldn’t recommend coming here if it was forecast to rain all day.
Back to the outdoor area, you cross a bridge over a little lake to access the farm part. In the paddocks, there are donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, geese, alpacas and some very friendly Shetland ponies. There is also an Animal Barn where they have petting and feeding sessions with rabbits, guinea pigs, baby chicks, tortoises and pigs which make it a really hands-on experience. We last went in Spring when there were new-born lambs to cuddle which was very special.
Our favourite times to visit are during the seasonal events when there are some lovely extra activities like magic shows and circus entertainment. Coming up for summer there are foam parties, water wars and a maize maze. All we need now is the sunshine!
Piglets Adventure Farm is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm.
There are several different places to eat at Piglets. The Coffee House by the entrance serves lovely homemade food and it’s all locally sourced. They have a handy little soft play area attached to the dining area which buys you a bit more time to finish your coffee!
At the weekends, there is a pizza parlour open in the play barn which does amazing home-made sourdough pizzas.
Outside they have an ice cream parlour serving yummy local Northern Bloc ice cream including their own Piggy Poo variety (raspberry and chocolate flavored) and also a snack shack.
There are also plenty of picnic tables dotted around if you’re more organised than me and have brought your own food (I keep hoping I’ll turn into one of those ‘organised’ mums someday soon!).
To find out more visit: www.pigletsadventurefarm.com
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