Whilst on a journey through YouTube I stumbled across a video for Mead Open Farm, I shared it with B & immediately after he saw it he wanted to go! I must admit I was quite excited to head there myself!
Our Six Weeks Holiday Experiences – Mead Open Farm
Mead Open Farm is located in Leighton Buzzard, around 40 minutes drive for us, just off of a single carriageway. We found the farm easily with the help of my SatNav! Parking was easy to find & plentiful.
At just £27 for myself & B to get in I was exceptionally happy at the entry fee. Our local farm that is similar to Mead is around £22 per person in the holidays.
I’m never one at taking any notice of the maps that you’re given when you head to these types of places but B is absolutely fascinated by them & plans his day by them.As soon as you walk out of the paying area you are greeted by an absolutely fantastic wooden playground. Something B was absolutely mesmerised by. We chose a semi good day for the weather, it was dry & relatively warm but I can only imagine it being a little gutting coming here when the weather isn’t great.
B loved the playground so much & spent ages figuring out the play frame, trialling all of the slides & discovering new areas he hadn’t found on his previous run arounds. I liked the fact I could sit pretty close & watch without bothering him too much.
B decided that he wanted to have a little hunt around the farm, Mead Open Farm is quite large but not to the point where its hard for children to walk around without getting tired.
After having a look over the map B decided that he wanted to head to soft play, which is currently being renovated so it was all a bit topsy-turvey to get in. It was worth it though as this is one fantastic soft play centre, almost worth the fee just to come into the soft play.
They’ve really made a huge effort here both with equipment & the design ideas. The first part we came across was the vegetable patch themed play structure & it was adorable, great fun for B & it looks fabulous too.
B really was itching to get on the larger part of the soft play which had lots of slides & bits he could climb up & explore. Mummy got relegated to bag & shoe keeper!
I was happy to see him running around enjoying himself, he was more than confident to go & explore & he absolutely loved the wavy slide, he was on that for quite some time. We had a huge issue when it came to a need for the toilet, there were NO toilets inside the soft play!!! I had to pop his shoes on and run him outside to the port-a-potty that they have provided outside. I am assuming this is while the work is going on, it really threw him off though & he was a bit upset at having to leave to go to the loo.
Once back inside he ran off but soon came back asking for food, their café looked absolutely lovely. Very clean & a good stock of products available. From sandwiches to hot meals. B of course went for the chips, they were £2.50 a portion & I felt the portion sizes were stingy.
Don’t get me wrong they were very yummy but the portion was very small. It does appear to be a lovely place to have food though & not your usual farm/soft play rubbish food.
I can’t wait to head back when the place has been fully refurbished.
We headed to the Sky Trail next & OH MY GOSH, what an amazing feature! They have two ‘go-ape’ style things trails for kids, one being a mini one for younger children & a larger one higher in the air for the older children. B went on the small one as I didn’t want to go on the large one with him & leave our stuff. He really enjoyed his experience & it was lovely to see him confident in something new, the staff were also very nice & calming for the younger children.
I was really shocked when I learnt that this activity was included in the price of entry, B absolutely loved it & I’ll admit I found it amazing too. If only I’d gone on the other one.
Mead Open Farm has a large amount of bits & bobs to do outside so B headed straight onto the ‘bouncy pillows’ which are like bouncy castles. He absolutely loved them, later in the day they got very busy & he did end up coming home with a very sore knee.
When they were less busy though they looked like great fun, B really enjoyed them. B wasn’t in the mood for the sand areas but Mead Open Farm do have 2 super fantastic looking sad play areas, B is very hit & miss with sand & today it was definitely a miss.
After a while on the bouncy pillows B remembered that Mead have mini golf & he decided that that was where he wanted to head to next, B absolutely loves mini golf!
Mini Golf is FREE, which is fantastic & you just pick up a golf club(putter) and ball at the start of the course. If its busy though head back another time as there are a limited about of balls & clubs.
B did get very frustrated playing & fell over on a few of the courses but all in all he did enjoy his experience as you will see from the images. I would love it if the course was a little brighter & more inviting, its a great FREE activity but could be more eye catching with a little theming.
B had a few more goes on the playground equipment before we decided to call time on our trip to Mead Open Farm, I cannot wait to head back for their Halloween event & bring a friend or two for B.
Although this is a farm I can say B showed 0% interest in the animals so I cannot comment on the condition of them or their living quarters!