Bank holiday weekend! I love a long weekend together as a family but with me having our second baby only 10 weeks ago, we haven’t managed to have many family days out recently. So we decided that we wanted to go somewhere at least one of the days we have off together this weekend. When I was scrolling through Facebook last week I noticed an event pop up- one of those suggestion types- I noticed the date of the event was 30th April so I had a look. The event was for Whitehouse Farm Centre in Morpeth, Northumberland. This is somewhere we have always wanted to take V but just never seemed to get round to it, so when I looked further into the event information I got a little bit excited! The event was advertising a ‘Teddy Bear’s picnic’ where half price entry was granted for every child with a teddy and a full itinerary was detailed with anything from bottle feeding Lambs to grooming a Goat- I was sold! First thing we did this morning was pack V’s teddy bear Keegan and we were off!
It took us around 40 minutes to get to the farm centre but it was so easy to find from where we live- and the two kiddies were an absolute dream for the journey which made it even better. Once we arrived we were met in the car park by a young man who directed us as to where we should park. Nice touch I thought, since it was our first time visiting and we were pretty clueless about where we were going! We changed into our wellies and headed straight for the entrance. V was quick to show the lady on the desk her teddy and after her discount we paid just under £25 to enter, including a bag of animal feed. G thought this was a bit steep (he moans a lot!)- until we walked inside that is!
You first enter the centre by walking through the gift shop and events barn. There was a magic show taking place in the events barn and we could hear lots of laughter, but V was far too excited to see the animals so we didn’t stay to see any of it. We had been given a map including details of the day’s events and times and decided we’d head straight over to see the owls as a ‘meet the owls’ session was just about to begin. On our way there V was distracted by the giant Tortoise’s which she thought were amazing!
I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated how beautiful Owl’s are! I was really taken with the Grey Owl- Smokie I think it’s name was- absolutely beautiful bird. V was a little scared of them because of the loud screeching noises they make so we didn’t stay long but could see people stroking them during the talk. V was more taken with the Willow Maze we had just walked past so off she went for a run around with her Daddy.
It started drizzling with rain during the run around and because we had B in the pushchair we decided to head into the petting barn which is indoors. We walked in to see lots of Goats, pretty lively ones too! V thought they were very funny jumping up to get their food and she wanted to have a try at feeding them. There are hand washing facilities placed all over the farm which is ideal because the last thing you want to be doing is trailing to the toilets and back every time you feed an animal!
Next were the Rabbits, Rats, a Chinchilla, Skinny Pigs, various Reptiles, Meerkats, Monkeys, Hens and Parrots. V was pretty taken with the rabbits, I think it could be her next choice of pet. She loved being able to see right into each pen to see the animals and enjoyed being able to run around and explore on her own. We were even shocked to hear a squeal of delight when she spotted a snake!
The rain had stopped by the time we had finished in the petting barn, lucky for us because V caught her eye on the huge adventure play area. Off she went to play on the slides whilst I sat on one of the seats inside the play area with her baby brother. Just as I sat down the sun came out!
Once V had had a good play on the slides and tired herself out a bit we realised it was coming up to 12pm which meant lamb feeding time so we made our way up to the feeding area. The queue was huge to have a go at feeding the lambs so we decided not to bother, there’s no way V would have waited, but we did see other’s bottle feeding them and we got to see some gorgeous little Lamb’s in the barn. I could have took one home as a pet they are so adorable! But I enjoy a roast lamb dinner too much- sorry guys!
Next we went straight across into the Pig barn where V jumped straight into her Daddy’s arms! I think she was a bit shocked at the size of them- they were absolutely huge!- and confused at the fact that they look NOTHING like Peppa Pig! Oh and you might want to hold your nose when you go in that part! Once we came out of the Pig barn V seemed to be getting a bit tired so we headed for the Cafe to refuel.
The food was gorgeous. V had a kids meal of Chicken Nuggets (Homemade), chips and cucumber and a Fruit Shoot which she put a good dent in after working up a serious appetite. G opted for a Honey Chilli Chicken sandwich and I had a Cheese Savoury. The coleslaw and sandwich fillings were clearly homemade and I think the bread rolls may have been too, they were very fresh and soft. All together, including G’s chips and two bottles of coke, it came to just under £15. I was really surprised with this because I was expecting to pay a lot more for what we had. You usually expect to have your eyeballs ripped out when eating on site at attractions but not today and it was worth every penny. Everything was delicious and we definitely weren’t left feeling hungry. The cafe barn itself was very clean and the staff were really friendly. As soon as a table was vacated a member of staff was straight there to clean and tidy it ready for the next person. There were also lots of highchairs, a microwave and a bottle warmer for those with babies. We used the toilets before we left to explore some more. They were surprisingly clean since we were on a farm which suggests to me that they’re cleaned at regular intervals. And off we went again for a quick play on the toy tractors just outside of the Cafe barn then back into the petting barn.
Next we headed back to the adventure playground until V spotted the bouncy castles. She managed to get ten minutes before we noticed a sign for a sandpit, which she has a massive thing for, so we headed straight for it. Once she had a good play in the sand we headed back outside to find that the heavens had opened again, but this time we were getting soaked so we ran for the cover of the gift shop as the kids were both getting tired. V picked herself a windmill, a new drinking bottle and a colouring book- I don’t think this even came to £3! G sneakily bought me a present which was a fridge magnet with the best saying ever!
We spent 3 hours at Whitehouse Farm centre but with the amount of things there are to do, we could have easily spent the whole day if the weather was a bit better and the kids weren’t so tired. We didn’t get to the soft play, go-karts or have a tractor ride so they’re top of our list for next time. We didn’t really see any of the events with V being 2, she just wanted to run around and explore but as they get a bit older I can definitely imagine it being one of their favourite places! We enjoyed every second of our time and cannot wait to go back! If you’re local or even visiting nearby I definitely recommend you visit. It really is a fantastic day out and worth every penny!
Thanks for having us!
Mother Hermit xx