Last week we visited Hollow Trees Farm in Suffolk. Even though the farm is only about 40 minutes drive from where we live, we had never visited before – and I’m absolutely kicking myself about that!
We paid £5.00 entry for the farm trail (it cost £2.50 per adult and Jasmine was free as she’s under two). We also paid an extra 50p for a bag of animal feed. Gotta be done, right? Considering how much there was to see and do on the farm trail, I think the entry fee is very reasonable.
We decided to leave our pushchair at home, however, the trail is wheelchair and buggy friendly. Some parts of the trail were quite muddy (due to the rather soggy December week that preceded our visit). The muddy puddles were great for splashing in but I was quite glad we’d left our buggy at home.
There was a great selection of animals to meet including pigs, cattle, chickens, alpaca, goats and horses! What I loved most about the trail was that you could really get up close and personal with the animals. And with my bag of feed in hand, I made a lot of friends!
Not only were there lots of friendly animals to meet on our way round the trail but there was also a lot of other things to see and do – including tyre swings, wellie boot throwing and a giant wooden chair (great photo op!)
Before heading to the Hollow Trees Farm shop/cafe for lunch we stopped off at ‘The Beach’. Inside a marquee was a huge sandpit with buckets and spades. It’s the last thing I expected to see at our visit to the farm but was a lovely addition to our day out. I thought Jasmine might never leave that sand pit and it was only with the promise of lunch that we managed to coax her away!
The farm shop was filled with a wonderful array of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and of course, meat. We had a quick look around but by this point we were pretty hungry so we waited for a table at the cafe. It’s not a huge place and was quite busy so we had to wait a little while for a table. Once we were seated, I was massively impressed by the menu. There was a huge variety of meals tailored to young children – why don’t more places do this? Usually when we go for a day out somewhere the children’s menu consists of a long list of things ‘with chips’.
For Jasmine we ordered the hummus and pitta bread which also came with cucumber dippers, cheese puffs and a fromage frais yogurt. Stephen had a cheese and ham panini and I had a jacket potato with beef bolognese. The service was quick, staff were friendly and the food was lovely.
What we liked about Hollow Trees Farm:
Being able to get very close to the animals and feed them.
The wellie throwing!
Plenty of hand washing stations.
The size of the trail – it’s a perfect walking distance for young toddlers.
Being able to sit on the old tractors (Jasmine’s tractor obsessed so this was right up her street!)
What we didn’t like so much:
The ‘Fox Slide’ in the ‘Pogals pit’ play area wasn’t very, erm, slidey? I went down with Jasmine on my lap as she was too scared to go down by herself and I had to bum-shuffle the whole way down. The child that went down before us got stuck half way!
And that’s about it – we loved everything else!
Other things you might like to know:
- If it’s been raining recently then make sure you take your wellies as the farm trail gets pretty muddy!
- The farm has a large onsite car park which free to use.
- There’s plenty of benches around if you want to take a picnic. We will definitely go back for a picnic in the summer!
I couldn’t resist making a little video of our visit to Hollow Trees so here it is for you to enjoy:
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm last entry at 3.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 9.30am – 4.00pm last entry at 3pm
Please check out the Hollow Trees Farm website for up-to-date opening times and entry prices.
Nobody asked me to write this review but we enjoyed our time at Hollows Farm so much, I just had to rave about it on my blog. I’m already looking forward to our next visit!