Days Out: Peter Rabbit Holiday Hop at Willows Activity Farm

I always think we are really lucky to live where we do. Besides being a lovely town with fantastic schools, there are just so many things for children to do locally. We are never, ever bored as there is always somewhere to go or something to see. On Friday we headed to Willows Activity Farm in St Albans with some friends and their children to check out their Peter Rabbit Holiday Hop programme which is running between 2nd-17th April. They have recently opened their incredible new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground so we were really excited to see what it was like.

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Over £1million has been invested into the playground which incorporates the natural landscape surrounding Willows along with state-of-the-art  interactive technology. There are outdoor climbing frames as well as slides and rope walkways at the Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse and the Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventure, with equipment that has been designed to encourage children to explore. It's the first Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground in the world and it's opening coincides with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth.

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Other features include the Jeremy Fisher Music Pond, where children can jump on lily pads to hear musical sounds and guess the instruments, and the Mr. Bouncer Great Invention, a sensory gaming activity to help them to learn about numbers and colours in a fun and active way. Children can explore Mr McGregor's Garden or pop into Mrs Tiggy-Winkle's Kitchen, too. Little N absolutely adores Peter Rabbit and Friends, and was excited beyond belief to see the new playground. I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed, too!

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In true Willows form, the Peter Rabbit Holiday Hop has a programme full of activities that kept me and the boys - and our friends - busy and entertained for the whole day. There were shows throughout the day, such as the Peter Rabbit Show, Lily Bobtail Song Time and the Scarecrow Show. The children got to meet Peter Rabbit and his friends, although Little N was too scared to say hello - he hates mascots - and J was off in a world of his own!

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The Sheepstakes Sheep Racing was the funniest thing ever. You get to bet on which sheep you think will win the race out of five sheep, and each one has a little jockey on it's back (it's a doll, don't worry). We watched the races twice, and I picked the yellow sheep for the first race, which came last. When we watched the race again you'd think I would pick a different sheep right? Wrong, I picked yellow and came last again. My friend backed the winning sheep though and was very proud to win a badge!

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The boys loved going on the fairground rides; they have a carousel, spinning teacups and the one with the swings which I can't think of the name of. It's the first time either of them had ever been on a fairground ride before as my sensitive Little N is usually too scared and J has been too small until now. They also really liked getting to meet some of the animals close up, though it has renewed Little N's idea of getting a pet guinea pig, which I am dutifully ignoring!

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We watched a show called Animals Encounters where a sheepdog herded some ducks before heading to get some lunch from the cafe. Who would have thought that a dog could shepherd ducks into a pen?! By the way, the cafe is amazing value for money. They do kids' boxes where you can choose five items plus a drink for £5.50 or ten items plus a drink for £8.95. The five item box was plenty for my boys to share, and Little N had the drink while J just had water. And I had chips. In case you were wondering. 

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The kids had loads of fun playing in the JCB Zone which has lots of JCB ride on toys, before we headed to The Big Dig sand area and the tractors. The kids went panning for gold, which actually meant the mummies got frozen hands as it was us that went panning for gold whilst the children got the glory and were rewarded with a little medal each. The Bouncy Haystacks (bouncy castles and slides) were up on the day, but as one of Little N's friends currently has a broken arm he wouldn't have been able to go on and we didn't want him to feel left out, so we went for another round on the rides and back to the tractors again instead with our ice-creams (for the children) and cups of tea (for the mummies).

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It was such a brilliant day out, we were really lucky that the sun shone for most of the day considering that the forecast had predicted rain! The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground is fantastic and it's worth visiting Willows Activity Farm just for that, let alone all the other amazing activities they have running all day! It's great day out and will be enjoyed by all. Tickets cost £18.50 for adults, £19.50 for children, and under 2s are free. Do book online as you can get whopping savings!

What have your children been up to during the school holidays?


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We were given complimentary tickets to Willows.

8 comments

  1. This place looks brilliant, I'm sure my kids would love it! Xx

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  2. Wow, this looks like such a fun place to go! #whatevertheweather

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  3. We are planning on going this weekend, I am glad you have posted about it as I am even more excited about going now. Alice loves Peter Rabbit and I can't wait to see her face x

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  4. Oh how amazing does Willows Activity Farm look. Glad to see you all had such a fantastic time there.xx #pointshoot

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  5. What a fabulous place, it looks right up our street! Lovely pictures. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

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  6. What a great place to come to! Evie would absolutely love it here. She loves Peter Rabbit. It looks so perfect for the littler kids. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

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  7. Oh wow! It looks amazing! My two would love this, so much to keep them occupied all day long. The Peter Rabbit area is perfect, love the photo of him trying to pull out the turnip. Sheep racing sounds great too, but maybe next time you'll win?! I wish we lived closer to visit, looks great. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) xx

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  8. So cute!!! I just love all the attention to detail. The little statues, awww :)

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