Digging for fun! Our trip to Marsh Farm to dig for Potatoes!

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Back at the beginning of October my wife and I decided to take a return trip to Marsh Farm on a day when we knew it was not going absolutely rammed with people as it was when we went for Kidsfest in August. An added bonus this time was the tickets were free after I had been talking about Kidsfest to a work colleague whilst (not to my knowledge) had been serving the owner of Marsh Farm, with shirts at work.

The Boys with their produce

The day we went was a lovely Autumn day with lots of sunshine but not to hot. When we arrived and entered the Farm we noticed that there were a lot more animals around this time and also that some of the bits running at Kidsfest were running on this day too so that was an added bonus. 

 

Oliver milking a model cow
 
First off we went to see the goats and Llamas then headed round to where they had the potato digging was to see when we could go. Having identified a good time for us we decided to explore and see if there were any more animals then last time and we weren’t disappointed as we came across birds of prey giving a show and also rabbits, ferrets and a whole host of other pet type creatures. We also came across an walk through enclosure consisting of different types of birds from parrots to finches which Leo loved. 

 

Digging for potatoes
 
Following lunch we went back to have a go at potato digging, upon meeting at the designated point we were taken with a group of other people outside the main farm and into a field which was split in roughly half, half potatoes and half pumpkins. Both Oliver and Leo were allowed a bucket and a kiddie sized fork and then we were taken into the field and given an area in which we could dig and look for potatoes. Although Marsh Farm had dug them up previously they had slightly buried them in the soil so the kids felt like it was them digging up the potatoes. 

 

Oliver having fun on the tractor
 
Once we had filled our buckets we were given paper bags in which to take them home and eat (Oliver thought this was the best bit). Following on from this we decided to have a ride on the tractor and trailer which took us out across the extended farm up to the seawall along the seawall and back again, this was Oliver’s favourite bit of the day. 

We had a fantastic time on this visit to Marsh Farm and were happy to see many more animals then the last time, when all we saw were the general farm animals. We would thoroughly recommend Marsh Farm to anyone as a great day out for kids young and old. 

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Little Fellas Fun Days Out # 3: Kidsfest at Marsh Farm.

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On Sunday 9th August we went to Marsh Farm for Kidsfest 2015.

When we arrived we had to queue to get in the car park a sign of how popular this event is. On entry to the Farm we were immediately greeted by happy staff who were only to willing to help you out if you had a problem.

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Oliver and Mummy looking at a book range.

Due to the size of the event we decided to have a look round and then go back to the things that appealed. We did stop however at the fire engines and police vehicles and Oliver got to pretend to drive a fire engine and Daddy a police van.

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Oliver behind the wheel of a Fire Engine

The emergency vehicles were right next to the kids soft play and café which was our next stop so Leo could have a bottle. Whilst in there Keighley was queuing up for drinks for us, Oliver went to play in the soft play whilst I fed Leo and kept an eye on Oliver.

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Leo after lunch

However the fire alarm went off and Oliver went into panic mode meaning he couldn’t find his way out. My sister in law went into get him out but couldn’t find him. By this point Keighley was getting panicked and so was I to be honest. My sister in law took Leo out the building and I went round to get Oliver, however a member of staff ran past me straight up into the soft play and brought him out in seconds. I can not praise him enough for his speed.

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Oliver on one of the many rocking horses available

Following our eventful bottle break we went out onto a huge field with loads of different activities and a couple of stages one with dancers on and another with a local radio on which also hosted Mr Bloom of Cbeebies fame.

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Our view of Mr Bloom

Whilst we watched Mr Bloom we ate lunch and decided what we would do next. Once we had finished we headed for the bouncy castles, now a firm Oliver favourite.

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Oliver on the bouncy castle

There were around ten different bouncy castles so many Oliver was on and off so quickly and on to the next one, although he does love the ones with slides on.  

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A Pig at Marsh Farm

Being a farm we obviously expected to see animals and lots of them and this was our main disappointment of the day, yes they had the odd sheep,  cow and pig but not anywhere near as many as you’d expect. They also had a couple of Lama and rabbits but not much more.  I don’t think it helps that I remember Marsh Farm when it was a proper working farm and it seems to now have become a bit to focused on the other parts beyond the animals which is all well and good but also disappointing. 

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Oliver stroking a Ferret

That being said we had a wonderful day and we would go again but this time we would be aware of the lack of animals.

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Daddy and Leo selfie

Would we recommend Marsh Farm and Kidsfest to other people yeah we would for both. Kidsfest was so big that Oliver found it overwhelming as there was probably a little to much to do for younger kids but as for Marsh Farm as a day out then yeah we enjoyed the animal aspect and the bits they had but just be aware of a distinct lack of animals considering the name.