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Easton Farm Park in Suffolk uk
A brief history of Easton Farm Park
Easton Farm Park is a great family park situated on the edge of the village Easton in Suffolk.
The farm was originally built sometime in the late 1800's as a model farm, as was the trend back then. William Kerr took the tenancy of Easton Farm in 1938 to set up a dairy farm. In the 1970's the Easton Farm buildings became redundant, and it was not until William's son Jimmy visited Holland that the idea came about of running an educational farm. Following some planning difficulties the farm has now run as an educational farm since 1974.
The farm is now run by Williams daughter-in-law Jill Kerr and her daughter Fiona.
Entry into this park is not cheep, but the cost is greatly outweighed by the amount of things you can see and do here. The prices below are the prices when publishing this hub and may change so it is best to contact the park before is you want to double check anything.
Adults – £7.25 Children – £6.00 Over 65's – £6.75
Noah's Ark ticket (2 adults and 2 children) – £25
The price includes all activities.
Halloween Half Term:
Adult - £5.50 Child - £4.50 Over 65 - £5
Noah's ark ticket (2 adults and 2 children) - £17.50
Season Ticket Prices for 2010 Season:
Adults £36.25 Children £30.00 Over 65's £32.50
Family Ticket £125.00
Reduced Price for entry to the Barmy Barn on Thursday and Fridays only:
Child £4.00 plus one free adult/Over 60 Adult £2.00
Child ticket is from children that can walk to 16 years old.
All teachers / school helpers go free
Animals at Easton Farm Park
A little about what to do once inside
As you arrive at this lovely park you are able to park whatever vehicle it is you are driving in an extensively large car parking area.
Now that you are in be sure to take a good look at the daily programme so that you can plan your day around some of the things that your child may like to do. You may also wish to pick up a pedal tractor so that they can pedal there way around the park looking at the animals, these can be found in a large barn on your right as you enter the park.
You will be able to find all the usual animals here that you can find at any other park, such as goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, ponies etc, but here the horses that they have are special as they are part of the breeding programme being used to help increase the numbers of Suffolk Punch Heavy Horses. They are magnificent horses which can only really be appreciated when up close.
You can also find rare breeds of cattle in the paddocks, so if you fancy a walk then by all means head of out on the tracks to see what animals you can find.
There is a large play area suitable for older children with digger rides available in the same area. If the weather does turn nasty then why not try out the indoor play-barns. The biggest 'Barmy Barn Cafe' has full restaurant facilities where you can buy a hot or cold lunch. Ride on tractors are available for £1 a ride and there is a soft ball pit play area inside. The other of the indoor play areas 'Go Barmy' is aimed at children aged under 10 with a small toddler area as well. You will be able to get yourself a coffee etc while you watch your child plays.
Easton Farm Park
Inside with a little more detail
Lets start with the daily programme. This allows you a chance to plan your day, especially if there are certain things that you want your child to do, for example maybe a pony and trap ride, or a barrel bug ride.
11am - 11:30am Hug a bunny
11:45am - 12:30pm Barrel bug ride
12:45pm - 1:15pm Pony and cart rides
1:15pm - 1:30pm Meet Major
2pm - 2:30pm Pony Rides
2:45pm - 3:15pm Barrel bug ride
3:30pm - 4pm Family train ride
10:30 onwards Barmy Barn Cafe open
11am onwards Gift Shop open
Where to go when you are hungry
Lunch time always come round to soon when your out enjoying yourself and can catch you unaware. Do not worry, as when your at Easton Park there are always places to eat. Grab your lunch in the Barmy Barn or if you have brought a picnic choose a bench under the trees near the goats (just watch they don't escape and pinch your lunch). There is also a large barn full of picnic tables if the weather is a little dodgy. This barn also has little pedal tractors and a few other things to amuse the children while you take a break.
Tour of Easton Farm Park
What else is there at Easton Farm Park
Well as I said at the beginning Easton Farm Park is very much like an other farm park other than the Suffolk Punch Horse and this still stands, with the differences being that this park also offers craft workshops where you can see the Blacksmiths create marvellous pieces of ironwork over their fire.
The park also has horse trials to offer. The horse tracks at Easton Farm Park won an award from the British Horse Society at the Suffolk Show in June 2004. The tracks offer four different tracks with over 25km of off road riding amongst the Deben river valley. The tracks vary in length, but they range from just a 30min ride upwards. There are areas off track where you may only be able to walk and trot, and then there are others where you can let off a bit more steam.
There is a cost for the use of these tracks and an annual membership can be purchased, although the membership also covers unlimited entry into the Farm Park, so well worth a thought if you plan on using both on a regular basis.
If you fancy a holiday at Easton Farm Park then you can bring your caravan along and keep it on site at just £15 per night per pitch. This fee also allows you entry into the park whenever you like.
If you would prefer to stay in a little more comfort then why not take a look at the holiday cottages on offer. There are three cottages on Easton Farm Park and another at Thorpeness. They are all self catering and done to a high standard for your comfort.
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Even though this park is slightly more expensive than most, it is well worth a visit. You can not be off having a fun packed day, and can easily spend the whole day here.