Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Day of Family Fun at Cannon Hall Farm

Spring is the perfect time to visit your local farm and in our area Cannon Hall Farm is one of the best. I have been visiting Cannon Hall Farm for many years now, with school groups and now my own children. The farm has grown so much over that time and is now an award winning attraction.

We spent the day at Cannon Hall Farm this week and had such a lovely time. The weather was pretty bizarre when we visited, sunny and fairly mild yet it kept snowing too, very strange! We had a lovely friendly welcome and collected our stickers which act as your pass for the day. During the day there are regular talks about the animals and you are given the timetable when your pay.

Lambs at Cannon hall farm

We arrived just in time for a ferret race which was great fun! Once the race was over we decided to head over to the roundhouse to see the sheep. There were lots to be seen and plenty of lambs frolicking which is always lovely to see. There are also two reindeer (Dancer and Prancer) in this area who looked very cosy.

Sheep race at Cannon hall farm

We then managed to catch the sheep racing which is always a great watch. I always manage to pick the winner and this visit was no exception!

It started to snow so we headed to The Hungry Llama for lunch. The Hungry Llama is an amazing soft play centre and restaurant included in the farm entrance price. It is one of the best soft plays we have been too with a large interactive area for under 4's which Barney absolutely loved. There is a huge area for older children including dramatic slides, opportunities to climb and interactive play areas hidden inside the playframe. Once Seb and Alex went inside we barely saw them. We spent a good two hours in here and the boys would have been happy to stay longer.
While there we had our lunch. The boys opted for sandwiches, Phil had a burger and i had a bacon roll. The food is tasty and fresh and i love that the menu features lots of produce from the farm.

The hungry Llama at Cannon hall farm

Lunch at Cannon hall farm

Baby in ball pito Cannon hall farm

Indoor play at Cannon hall farm

Once we dragged the boys away from soft play we headed to see more animals. There is a small animal petting area where we were able to stroke rabbits and then we headed out to the farrowing houses. I always love visiting the pigs and seeing the piles of piglets all sleeping and the slightly older ones playing.

Piglets at Cannon hall farm

Piglets at Cannon hall farm

Further on are some more animals including cows, goats, llamas and alpaca. At Cannon Hall Farm you view the animals from a vantage point and can feed them via pipes with animal feed (50p a bag) and the boys absolutely love doing this. Once we had seen the animals and used up 4 bags of animal feed we headed to the outdoor play areas as the sun was shining.

Cow at Cannon hall farm

Inside barn at Cannon hall farm

The outdoor play areas are vast with huge pyramid towers and slides, climbing nets and frames, swings and a large tube maze. There is equipment suitable for the whole family. The boys exhausted themselves playing out here. Then we said a hello to the cheeky meerkats before heading home.

Pyramid slide at Cannon hall farm

Tube maze at Cannon hall farm

Outdoor play area Cannon hall farm

Meerkats at Cannon hall farm

We had a lovely day at Cannon Hall Farm and can't wait to head back again soon. There are some great events coming up for Mother's Day, Easter and Lambing Live, you can find out more information and buy tickets on the Cannon Hall Farm website.

Visitor Tips 

  • All day parking costs £3 but if you spend over £10 in the restaurants on site you can get that back.  
  • Be sure to pop into the farm shop before you leave. I always come home with some lovely food. 
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*We received complimentary entrance for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

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