Review - Lockey Farm Park

Matt had a day off today! It was lovely. I really miss having him around during the week and it's easy to underestimate the value of an extra pair of hands when you have two kids. Originally, Matt booked the time so that we could visit Chessington World of Adventures but finances wouldn't allow it and so instead we decided to re-visit somewhere we'd taken Lily a couple of years ago - Lockey Farm.

The farm is just outside of Reading - just 30 minutes or so from where we live in High Wycombe, it's a working farm with a decent farm shop, cafe and a play area and it's all free. Yep. Free. How rare is it to find a lovely activity for an afternoon out without paying a fortune?

There is an opportunity to contribute to the upkeep and addition of new attractions by popping some cash in the brightly coloured pig by the front gate but it isn't compulsory. Once through the gates you may encounter the odd animal (like a chicken, or last time we went Lily tried to befriend a cockerel).

Due to it being a working farm, as opposed to an attraction like Odd's Farm in Wooburn Green, you can't guarantee what animals you see. Last time there were goats, pigs and cows in addition to the sheep, ducks, chickens, horses and llamas (!) that we saw today.

As well as the animals, they also have a small area for crazy golf and a play area for children. Lily loves this play area, I remember her exploring it when she was tiny and barely walking, now she was even confident enough to swing down the fireman's pole. My girl is growing up so fast.

To the side of the play area is an enclosure for rabbits and also an area where for £1 you can drive a mini-tractor around a pen. Lily had to have a go but struggled to co-ordinate steering so I jumped on to help her out - I'm glad it'll be a long time before she's driving!

If you're in the area then I would definitely recommend a visit to Lockey Farm, the facilities are basic but lovely and the kids really enjoyed it. I'd say they had just as much fun viewing these animals as they have at other places we've visited so you can't go wrong with that.

I'd also recommend a quick look in the farm shop - they had some lovely looking fresh produce, it's hard to resist picking some up. We didn't try the cafe as we stopped off at a local Hungry Horse before arriving at the farm but from what I could see the cafe looked inviting and had some nice food on the menu.

Here is a glimpse of our previous visit, in case you're looking for more inspiration to head over and visit:

Do you have a farm near you to visit? Let me know if you have any good ones!

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*I have not been asked by anyone to write this review, I just wanted to share with you! All opinions are my own*
Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

I can't believe this farm is free what a wonderful find. The animals look very well cared for and the play area are real bonus Definitely a saving on chessington and still have that for another day. Hope you'll join me for country kids. Popping by today from #TriedTested #Letkidsbekids

Kim Carberry said...

Aww! What a great place to visit. It sounds like you had a lot of fun x

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

thank you for joining me #CountryKids

Unknown said...

Wow! Can't believe it's free, that's great. We are always on the hunt for free places to visit. Lovely pictures #TriedTested

Unknown said...

Sounds like a lovely farm to visit. We are not far from Reading, we must check it out. It's great to find places like these, looks like you had a lovely time.
Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsbeKids

Our Cherry Tree said...

Do try it out, especially if you're not far away, it's definitely worth it.xx

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