Tuesday, 24 July 2018
As a family we love getting out into the countryside and where we live we are super lucky that, whilst we are only 20 minutes from central London, we are surrounded by beautiful country, woods and fields. We are always on the look out for nice outdoors locations to spend some time with the children and so we were very excited to rake a look around Hatfield Park Farm at Hatfield House.
Hatfield House is a stunning stately home situated in gorgeous grounds. As well as having some fascinating history (did you know it is where Elizabeth I found out she was going to be made queen?) it also has a lovely range of shops in the stable yard, a river cottage cafe and its very own rare breeds farm.
Hatfield House is very easy to get to by both road and train (it's only 5 minutes walk from the train station) and there is plenty of parking there to make life easier for visitors. When you arrive at the farm you can also buy feed for the animals which we did as the children love feeding them. The farm itself is open and airy and you really feel a sense of space where the children are happy and free to run around and explore.
Because you can feed the animals the day out feels really interactive and the children really enjoyed this. The goats and sheep were great and it was lovely to get so close to them (they enjoyed their food too).
One of the things we really liked was that there are also little play activity centres all around the farm such as sandpits with diggers and the challenging goat pass climbing frame which kept them happy for ages seeing how fast they could complete the course!
As well as entrance to the farm the price also includes a tractor trip which takes place at regular intervals throughout the day. This was a welcome sit down and it took us all around the farm so that we could see all of the animals from the comfort of the trailer. Whilst it is not included in the price there is also a miniature train too which we all enjoyed and it even has it's very own station.
Also included is entry to 'bloody hollow' the playframe next to the farm. This was a big hit with the children and was a great way for them to burn off any energy that we had left. To finish off the day the lovely cafe in the Stable Yard is only a few minutes walk away where you can treat the children to ice cream or a delicious cake - and a well earned coffee for the adults!
We really enjoyed our day out at Hatfield Park Farm and would definitely visit again. It's a great place to visit in the summer holidays especially with all this lovely sunny weather we are having! To find out more about ticket prices and opening times visit their website or Facebook page