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Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog.
The new ‘Ox Shed’ visitor centre has just reopened too which is free to visit and includes an extension to the restaurant, a commercial kitchen and a retail space stocked with local produce. The view across to Stow-on-the-Wold is a sight to behold too!
Spring is in the air and this weekend was just beautiful in Gloucestershire – the weather felt more like May than February and we took the opportunity to visit Cotswold Farm Park and spend the day outside.
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fantastic day out for all the family. Rustic in design, the Cotswold Farm Park focuses on welcoming families to its working farm and the conservation of rare breeds seen at the site.
The views on the journey showed the Cotswolds countryside in style with honeyed colour stone bathed in sunshine and rolling green fields bordered by tall trees.
On arrival it was clear to see that Cotswold Farm Park offers excellent access for all. Parking is completely free with disabled parking bays situated at the entrance. I was also pleased to see baby changing facilities located in all of the new WC areas and paths suitable for prams, pushchairs and wheelchair users. In fact, you can call ahead and reserve a wheelchair to use free of charge during your visit.
Once entering the park, we decided to visit the experience barn where Bubba petted lambs, held a guinea pig and let the piglets sniff her wellies!
We then visited the Animal Barn which showcased the lambing season in all its glory. Here you can see pregnant ewes enjoying large straw pens with plenty of natural light and ventilation and, if you’re lucky, you might even see a live birth! I was amazed to see tiny little lambs who had been born just a few hours before up close. One of the staff explained that last year one Ewe gave birth to six healthy lambs! It is clear to see that the animals on the farm are well looked after.
Cotswold Farm Park has plenty of play opportunities with bouncing pillows, sand pits, tractor school and adventure playgrounds to entertain children of all ages. In fact, the Adventure Barn offers three play areas including Barefoot Beach, Forest Floor and Construction Corner! Bubba loved driving a tractor and whizzing down the slide in the outdoor play area. She even tried her hand at milking a cow! The Maze, Wildlife Walk and Rare Breeds Trail were really interesting and allowed us to stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery.
A highlight for us was being able to hand feed the rare breeds with specially prepared animal feed. Bubba amazed me at how calm she was, carefully holding her hand out for the sheep to smell and then eat the feed. It was a lovely moment and I’m so pleased to have been able to capture it on camera. During lambing season you can also bottle feed lambs at certain times in the experience barn – something I remember doing myself here as a child!
The Farm Safari allows you to enjoy a trip around the site from the comfort of a tractor trailer – this was very popular on the day we visited and it was nice to see the tractor trudging across the fields as we walked around the park.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our day out in the fresh air and we are looking forward to returning to Cotswold Farm Park in the near future.
Thank you to the team at Cotswold Farm Park for inviting us to visit and for gifting us complimentary tickets for the day.
Have you visited the Cotswold Farm Park? Where are your favourite places for days out with children? I’d love to know so be sure to comment below.
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Love, Thrifty Mumma X
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