Hollow Trees Farm Review

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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.

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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!

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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!)

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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!

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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!)

Hollow Trees Farm Review

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:

Opening times: 

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!

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  1. January 4, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    This looks like such great value and your photos are gorgeous! I do love a day at a farm x

    • Jenna
      Jenna
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      January 4, 2016 / 3:02 pm

      It really was great value and we can’t wait to go back again soon! xx

  2. January 5, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    What a brilliant place! Great value too.
    Also, that method for feeding chickens is like a toddler’s dream! Inspired. Love that she signs chicken too. Thank you for sharing on #daysoutwithatoddler!

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 5, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      I know, I’ve never seen something like that before as a way of feeding animals – so clever! :)

      Thanks so much for hosting. xx

  3. January 6, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Brilliant review! Sounds like a great place and good value for money too. We have something similar here but definitely not that cheap! Good job you had your wellies on with that mud, my son would have been straight in that puddle, wellies or not wellies! #daysoutwithatoddler

    • Jenna
      Jenna
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      January 7, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Elaine.

      I know – I couldn’t believe how cheap it was to visit the farm. You could easily spend quite a while there too, especially if you packed a picnic. :) Haha, my daughter is the same – jumps straight into puddles with no regard to what footwear she’s wearing! :) xx

  4. January 8, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Aww looks like a fab place to go. We plan to go to a farm local to us soon as they make such fab days out. Looks like your little one enjoyed the mud.

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      She certainly did enjoy the mud and puddles!!

      Hope you enjoy your trip to the farm too. :) xx

  5. January 8, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    That looks such good value and a great place to visit. Such a shame it is so far from us x

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      That is a shame – I bet you have somewhere just as lovely near where you live though. xx

  6. January 8, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    This looks like a lovely place to visit. I really enjoy going to farms. Especially when they’re muddy

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Absolutely, the muddyness all adds to the fun! :) xx

  7. January 8, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    This place looks like a great day out. I would love to take the kids here and they would love it too I am sure. You’ve taken some fab photos.

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much – it was one of the nicest days we’ve head weather-wise for ages so had to get my camera out! ;) xx

  8. January 8, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    This looks like such a brilliant day out – incredible value for money too! Pickle would love it here. Kaz x

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      It is such a fab place – we can’t wait to go back again soon. xx

  9. January 9, 2016 / 4:55 am

    This looks like a great place! I am so glad I am learning to drive this year so I can take my girls to places like this that are off the bus route.

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      It was fab. Good for you for learning to drive – I really need to get on with doing that myself. Good luck with it. :) xx

  10. January 9, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Wow this place looks fab. There is so much to do. I adore what she’s wearing, that coat is so cute!! Her and Evie would get on so well, Evie is always straight in the puddles too. x

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      That coat was an absolute bargain from Debenhams – it’s fleece lined and utterly gorgeous.

      I always have to shout “NOOOO” when Jasmine’s not wearing the appropriate footwear for puddle splashing. She never listens though! xx

  11. January 9, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    That looks like a great place to visit, I love anything kids can run around at and get out in the fresh air.

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      It was absolutely fantastic – a great place to go for little ones to let off some steam. xx

  12. January 10, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Awww this sounds like such a great farm. I want to go. Gorgeous piggy :) x

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      It was a brilliant day out. The animals were all so friendly too… but I think that had something to do with the bag of food I was carrying. ;) x

  13. January 11, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Love the video. I have actually never taken the kids to a farm. We’ve been to a zoo 1 year ago. We need to go again

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 12, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      It was our first farm trip and actually, I think I preferred it to the zoo. Nothing was sleeping! ;) Hope you get to visit one soon. xx

  14. January 16, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Looks like great fun – we have something similar locally, and I think I enjoy it more than the toddler does!

    • Jenna
      Jenna
      Author
      January 17, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Haha – nothing wrong with that! :) xx

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