Great Days Out in Bedfordshire - Mead Open Farm
Great Kids Days Out at Mead Open Farm
As great days out in Bedfordshire go, they much better than Mead Open Farm, especially when you have kids in tow.
Situated deep in the countryside, just up the road from Leighton Buzzard, Mead Farm has something for everyone. Importantly there is enough space and variety of activities to make sure it rarely feels crowded.
It looks unimposing from the outside, in fact if you don't know it's there it's all too easy to overshoot the entrance, and have to turn around. But once you'e found it and parked in the ample car park you enter a wonderful world of play and activity for kids which can keep them entertained for hours. It also helps that there is plenty of seating, both inside and out for adults to sit down with a nice cuppa whilst the kids run themselves ragged.
Inside and Outside Kids Play Areas
The minute you're through the turnstyle kids are faced with the magnet of a huge outside adventure playground. It's veritable maze of wooden climbing frames, slides, rope bridges and tunnels all interlinked meaning kids can had endless fun coming up with a variety of routes through the structure. There are also tyre swings, a sandpit and mini ride-on tractors toys for the very small.
In front of the log park are a set of picnic tables so adults can watch the fun take place, or to be more accurate it is where adults sit and happily watch their kids exhaust themselves to the point they will fall asleep in the car on the way home.
Soft Play Areas - Fun Kids Activities
Once kids have had their fill of the outside play area the next stop is normally the inside play barn. This is a huge soft playarea, well organised into different areas for different ages.
There is a small and simple area for toddlers, a slightly larger area for the under 5's, but the majority of the barn is given over to the soft play equipment aimed at the over 5's.
There are certain things you come to expect from a soft play area such as multi-levels, padded rollers, rope swings etc - and Mead Farm certainly has all of these - but it also has a few bits that set it apart.
Firstly is the astra slide, which if you haven't come across one before is like sliding down the side of a giant multi-coloured curved steps. Sacks are provided and you can go down as many times as you like as one of the great things about Mead Farm is once you've paid the entrance fee, all the play areas are included.
If you thought the astra slide was the pinnacle of fun here, think again - there are 2 huge drop slides to play on too - one of which goes down into a giant ball pit, not for faint-hearted adults - but the kids love it.
The barn also hosts plenty of seating and a reasonable cafe selling meals, drinks, snacks etc. The only thing to be aware of is you cannot eat your own food inside the playbarn, though there is a covered picnic area provided in another area of the farm.
Crazy Golf and Tractor Rides
If the playbarn hasn't exhausted them, there are a host of other activities to try, still all included in the price.
There's a little crazy golf course if you have half and hour to kill, a pedal go-cart course (kids need to have quite long legs for this), tractor rides around the farm, a maize maze (in season) and the Digger village - which is basically a very large sandpit with digger toys in it and is great in the summer.
Mead Open Farm - Meet The Animals
Animals are a huge part of Mead Open Farm and there are great opportunities for kids to get up close and personal with some of the smaller ones, while being able to see some of the bigger ones during the tractor ride.
There are opportunities to cuddle rabbits, feed lambs, get butted by the cutest little goats, watch sheep racing and see cows being milked. The farm are always adding more activities so do not take this as an exhaustive list - check out the Mead Farm website for up to date activities.
Great Day Out For Kids in Bedfordshire
There is enough to do here to keep kids entertained all day, though around 4 hours endless activity seems to be enough to tire them out satisfactorily.
It's worth keeping a good check on the website as the farm often does special events for things like Halloween or Christmas, and also offer birthday parties.
At time of writing prices start at £7.95 for adults and £6.95 for kids 2 years old and over, which, when you consider the variety of activities kids can do within the farm, is fantastic value for money.
I can't recommend this place highly enough.
Another great day out in the area is Willen Lake in Milton Keynes, especially the high ropes adventure.