Age when visited – 5 months
£4.95 per person
Free – Under 2’s, currently serving military and medical personel.
Mrs Dawson’s is open on weekends, School and Bank Holidays from Spring till Autumn. They have a huge stone car park, making it a little difficult for wheel chair and pram access. Luckily the car park is a short walk to the reception. On your way to the reception you pass a tractor and a number of agricultural machines with information signs, which is worth a read.
The reception is also the cafe and ice cream parlour so the main desk can get quite busy. You can buy feed from the reception but it is on a first come first served basis. If you really want to feed the animals I would advise you go early. All the staff were really friendly and walk around the farm encouraging you to attend the farm talks and provide you with information about the animals. The farm talks are throughout the day and we went to lamb feeding and a cow talk. As the cows are currently in the barn the only way you will see them is if you attend the talk. There is plans to move a couple to the padock.
The animals are split between being out in the paddock and in barns/enclosures. All the enclosures are extremely clean and the animals were all friendly. We visited the animals in the barns first and then walked around to the animals in the fields. The current path is a little bumpy and has quite large stones, which were a struggle with the pram. However, whilst we were there they were in the process of flattening the path and making it more pram friendly.
The farm has a great range of animals such as: cows, donkeys, rabbits, bunnies, sheep, lambs, goats, lamas, water buffalo, emus, guinea pigs and chicks. All which you can pet and feed.
There is also a pond which is easy to get to with a pram and worth a look. See if you can find the teepee. By exploring the pond you can also gain access to a field, which you can have a little wonder around. The farm has a bug hotel and mini beast garden, which is interesting.
For the older children there is an adventure playground and mini assault course, which looked like great fun. There was also a sand pit with diggers and little cars and trucks for tots to ride around in.
The cafe is clean and modern and sells sandwiches, paninis, ice cream and a selection of hot and cold drinks. Mrs Dawson’s ice cream is made on site and is amazing don’t leave without giving it a try and the luxury hot chocolate is also something which can’t be missed. On our next visit I would pack a picnic as the food is basic and limited. There are also plenty of picnic bences
This was another great day out and we will be returning.