Living in Hertfordshire there are always lots of fantastic things to do with children during the school holidays. Every half term we head to Willows Activity Farm in St Albans as they always have a fantastic programme of entertainment and events. Their Summer Spectacular, which is running from 24th July to 4th September, includes their A-maize-ing Maze, Goat Racing around Willows animal race track and live shows with Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail, and you can head to the Carrot Patch to pick your own bag of lovely fresh carrots!
The all-inclusive ticket price provides a brilliant family day out with all shows, fun fair rides, inflatables, Tractor Ride, acres of outdoor and under cover activities plus entry to the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground included in the entry price, as well as all the extra activities being put on for the Summer Spectacular.
We arrived at lunchtime so headed straight to watch the Hello Harvest show which had lots of fun and dancing for children to get involved with, whilst learning about the crops that are being harvested on farms at the moment. My stepdaughter, who is seven, really loved this and was down at the front having a great time dancing away!
We then watched the Animal Encounters show and were really impressed to see the sheepdog shepherding ducks! You can see photos of this taken the last time we visited Willows, it was amazing to see! After a spot of lunch we popped in to say hello to some of the animals and the children all had the chance to hold a guinea pig. They are desperate for their own pet guinea pig but I am yet to cave in to the pressure!
The A-maize-ing Maze was fantastic! It's a giant corn maze with a Peter Rabbit theme and you need to find various characters hidden inside the maze to unlock a code and win a sticker. It's actually a lot more time consuming than we thought it would be, and it was a scorching hot day, so we were all pretty frazzled by the time we finished. It was really good fun though!
Straight after the Maze we headed to the Carrot Patch, armed with our buckets and spades, to dig our very own carrots. Little N still hates all fruit and vegetables so he refused to join in at all, but Ian and I had a great time! It was hard work, and we realised that five buckets of carrots was a bit over the top, so between us all we collected two buckets. I still don't know what I am going to do with them all!
After some drinks and ice lollies, and a go a gold panning, we decided to call it a day and head home. You can easily lose hours at Willows Farm and we had been there the entire afternoon! The children slept well that night. We can't wait to go back for potato picking and pumpkin patch fun later in the autumn.
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We were given complimentary tickets to Willows.