Heading out of London and driving through the countryside towards Bedfordshire you’ll soon navigate your way to Mead Open Farm.
Now that I have a toddler, I have an appreciation for any place that can keep us both happily entertained for the day. After all, once you’ve paid for a ticket and driven the distance you want to know that you can enjoy the experience!
I was extremely impressed by Mead Open Farm. In fact we had to leave before we’d even managed to do everything (including the indoor play area and plenty of the outdoor play zones too), meaning there wasn’t one point where we were bored or underwhelmed.
With a timetable brimming with hands on activities as well, it just gave each part of our day a different and exciting new thing to try.
We started the day getting lost in the maize ‘maze’ searching for the hidden animals.
The maze was a great activity for us both to do. We worked together running around the carefully contracted maze paths with the maize growing high above our heads.
Each time we found an animal we did an animal action and ticked it off our list. With the complete list of animals found we returned to the start of the maze and Little London got his reward.
A shiny gold medal.
From the distance Little London saw the gleaming yellow diggers calling out his name. He hot footed it across the farm and spent a long time indulging in his need to play with vehicles.
With diggers, dumpers, excavators and good old buckets and spades he was so happy just playing amongst his favourite things.
But I managed to drag him away after a while because I desperately wanted to watch the sheep race. With Lambretta my sheep of choice, we found ourselves a spot and watched as the miniature jockeys worked hard racing the sheep around the racecourse.
Lambretta unfortunately wasn’t a winner today. Glad I didn’t have to part with any money to make a bet because the odds were not in my favour evidently!
With the sheep race coming to an end it led nicely on to the next activity which was the tractor ride.
Little London hasn’t stopped going on about the tractor. He loved it. If you follow me on Instagram you may watch my Instagram stories. If so you’ll have seen him telling you through his humongous smile that the tractor was very bumpy. The tractor drives past the alpacas and into the fields with the cows, meaning you get a great view of the animals on the farm.
After such a fun-filled morning we decided to stop for a bit of lunch. We got a packed lunch from the cafe, and although we could have sat outside where Little London could have played, I decided to sit in the air con room instead because it was a particularly hot day and I wanted to make sure Little London drunk and ate as much as he could. I needed his full attention, and it meant we avoided the hottest part of the day.
After eating our lunch we thought it was only fair for the animals to have their lunch too. So we went around all the pens to dish out the animal feed we had bought at the entrance along with our tickets.
The animals were actually very gentle and well-behaved eating the pellets. They didn’t use their teeth and even though I tried to teach Little London how to hold his hand flat to feed the animals, his toddler stubbornness refused my advice and the animals still behaved gently.
^^Goat tongue ready and primed for feeding.
With a bit of post lunch blood sugar excitement, I thought it would be a good idea to let Little London burn off some energy. The jumping pillows fit the bill. It’s just a giant inflatable pillow.
With two pillows, one especially for under 5’s it was perfect. I sat in the shade and slowly watched my son turn red though excitement and heat!
Before he turned beetroot, I decided to whisk him off to do our final activity of the day.
Yes, we bottle fed the lambs. They may not look like lambs but they are- maybe toddler lambs would be a better description.
Little London loved this activity and so did I. The lambs certainly were greedy!
For me the timetable of activities and the activities on offer really set Mead Open Farm apart from other family farms.
I also liked the huge range of things to keep the whole family entertained including older children, who must begrudge parents dragging them around to entertain their younger siblings. But with different play zones with them in mind it means the whole family can enjoy the farm.
They’ve also got different play areas for rain and shine, making it very British weather appropriate. If I lived nearer I would totally buy a yearly ticket.
A brilliant little find.