Mini Meadows Farm, Northants
I’ve been to Mini Meadows several times in the last two years, yet it’s one of those places that I’ve never thought to do a post about. It’s a bit of a drive, yet we go back time and time again so I thought that it finally deserves a write up.
I first came across Mini Meadows when I was looking for somewhere to go while on maternity leave. I had no money and an increasingly boisterous little boy to entertain. I had a look online and came across a farm that had amazing reviews. Plus at just £3,50 to get in (under twos are free), this was a super affordable day out and would keep us both entertained for a few hours. (Note: A couple of days ago there was a very solemn notice posted on the farm’s Facebook page, stating that due to several factors they would grudgingly have to put their prices up. The entrance fee is now a whole £4.) It also costs another £2 to buy a feed bucket, this has lots of different food in it for all the animals. Today I also splashed out and spent another £1 to be able to bottle feed the lambs. It is also possible to buy a family pass for £45 for a year, which I think is amazing value.
It is one of those places that I will keep on returning to, and not just because it’s (still) very good value. The first time I went Finn was scared of the animals, he wasn’t even sure about the bunnies, yet each time we’ve returned he’s grown in confidence.
I usually go on weekdays in term time and we pretty much have the place to ourselves. In fact, today when we pulled into the almost empty car park I thought that it might actually be closed. I’m sure it’s much busier at weekends and during school holidays!
There are several enclosures outside with goats, ducks, geese, llamas, donkeys, ponies, alpacas, pigs and cows to feed. Plus a small play area featuring Finn’s beloved red tractor. I had to drag him away to let other children have a go!
I love the fact that there is lots to do under cover as well, just in case the weather isn’t favourable. There are a few rabbit pens that you can go in, plus at this time of year there are lambs that can be bottle fed.
There is also a large indoor sand pit. Finn would have happily played here all day, however I’m not a fan of sand (it gets everywhere!) so I dragged him outside to see the animals.
An indoor play area is currently under construction and is due to open later this year, which will be fantastic, especially in the winter months.
Each time we go, I also visit the cafe. It has a lovely outdoor seating area for the warmer months, and as you would expect, it is incredibly reasonable. I didn’t get any photos this time as I was too busy eating cake and stopping Finn causing total havoc.
I really cannot recommend Mini Meadows enough. Small enough to be friendly and relaxed, big enough to keep the whole family occupied for a while. Be warned, it is very muddy at the moment so don’t forget your wellies!