Farm Parks, yet another of those places you had no idea existed before you had children.
Farm parks usually consist of play areas mixed with farm animals to see and feed and are a pre-schooler’s idea of heaven. Being a farm there are also animals; rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. in an indoor area attached to the indoor play area and then larger pigs, goats, donkeys, etc. in another pen outside. You can buy animal feed at the gate if you fancy letting a goat lick your hand. You’re also given a ‘Bocketts Passport’ where you collect stamps around the park when you see each of the main animals.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Bocketts Farm Park is less than an hour’s drive from South East London and in my opinion is well worth the journey on a dry day. The indoor tractor park as you enter is a huge hit with children under five and my two would quite happily spend their whole time zooming around the track. In the same barn there are also trampolines, a tractor to play on, a soft play area and plenty of seating. There’s a coffee bar here too which serves the usual coffee/tea/snacks and sandwiches.
The outdoor play areas are also great with tons of space to run around, some more trampolines and two huge bouncy pillows, which I would like installed in my back garden.
My only gripe is that there a quite a few payable extras. I’ve managed so far to get away with not paying extra but there are some tractors outside the main entrance which are £1 to use, then tractor rides and pony rides are payable and there are also a few ride on machines. Nothing is particularly expensive however it’s not a cheap day out so is a bit annoying to then be pestered.
The main cafe (tea rooms) is outside the main entrance and like all the best theme parks you have to run the gauntlet of the shop to exit. The food is standard fayre, but not too pricey. If I were more organised I’d take a picnic.
I’m not sure I’d recommend it for a rainy day; you might as well go to the local soft play. However, on a dry warm day you could easily spend most of the day here and travel home with some happy, exhausted children.
Address: Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS.
Playground: Both an indoor soft play and lots of outdoor play areas. There are also tractors to play on at various points around the farm. As you go inside, there is a tractor driving track for under fives, there are tons of tractors both with pedals and without for older and younger kids, a ramp, a tunnel, pretend petrol station and garages. This is without doubt my kid’s favourite part of Bocketts. Also in this room there are 6 trampolines, a tractor to climb in and a soft play area.
Outside there is a huge play area with a sandpit, climbing frames, big twirly slides and yet more trampolines. It’s a really big area with lots for different ages, however there isn’t any cover either for shade or rain.
A bit further on there are two huge bouncy pillows, one for children under 6 and one for older kids. These are quite frankly awesome (again they can’t be used in the rain though).
Cafe: There is a small cafe in the indoor play area which has coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches. The main tea room is outside the main entrance to the park and has indoor and outdoor seating and a sandpit and play area outside. We had quite a big problem with wasps sitting outside in the summer.
The indoor seating area is pretty noisy and a bit cramped for the numbers of people visiting however there are plenty of high chairs. Food is adequate but not brilliant. Sandwiches and paninis plus some hot options; sausages, chips, jackets and pasta. There is a microwave available for heating baby food.
Toilets: Lots of toilets around the park and plenty of handwashing facilities around the farm near the animal houses. There are adequate baby changing facilities.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The farm is generally buggy friendly. The large outdoor play area has chippings on the floor and therefore isnt’t particularly suitable for buggies. However, the rest of the farm has tarmacked paths with buggy parking areas at various points.
Parking: There is ample parking which is free and is marshalled in the summer holidays (I’ve not been out of holidays so am not sure if this is always the case).
Nearest Station: Leatherhead station is a five minute taxi ride away (but apparently it’s a 30 minute uphill walk!). Trains from Waterloo take approximately 50 minutes.
Bus: Buses come to Leatherhead from Kingston, Dorking, Epsom & Guildford. The 465 stops near to the Bocketts Farm driveway. Just look out for the big sign at the end of the road.
The 478 (Guildford – Leatherhead) and 479 (Guildford – Epsom) both stop in Leatherhead town centre and it is around a 20 minute walk from there.
Phone: 01372 363764.
Email: [email protected].
Bocketts Farm Park is a working family farm near Leatherhead, Surrey. It has a great selection of indoor and outdoor play areas and farm animals.
The farm is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 10.00 a.m- 5.30 p.m.
Prices are as follows:
Adult – £9.30
Child (three -17) – £9.95
Child (two years) – £8.30
Senior Citizen – £8.80
Disabled – £7.40
Under two – Free
Out of school holidays you can get in from 3 p.m. for £4.60, and they have a discounted rate for childminders and their mindees of £5.75. Animal feed is available for 75 pence a bag and you can feed sheep, goats, donkeys and cows.
There are quite a few extra paying activities, a few rides which take £1, pony rides for £2 and tractor rides for £1.25. There are however many free activities including goat milking, animal handling and pig racing (watching not participating!).
There is plenty that the younger children (under three) can join in with and the play areas are large enough to keep children of all ages happy.
Review by Helen, Brown