Since we first ever visited Old MacDonalds Farm we loved it & tried to go as much as possible, this unfortunately wasn’t viable last year due to personal goings on. This year however I decided to do a family trip to Old MacDonalds Farm in the school holidays as a little treat to B.
We weren’t disappointed!
Our Six Weeks Holiday Experiences – Old MacDonalds Farm
Brains of Britain here was using Waze as a sat nav to get us to Old MacDonalds Farm, however we managed to miss the turning & end up close to the Dartford Tunnel. Honestly it could only happen to me, we did however get a lovely look through Brentwood on our long journey!
Old MacDonalds Farm is a lovely family owned & run farm in Brentwood, Essex. Easily found, if you aren’t named Kayleigh… haha!
We thankfully arrived at 10:30am 30 minutes after opening but we were still able to get parked happily & we headed in with a very excited B. Bare in mind he hasn’t been here in around a year & has been itching to go back for AGES!
We paid around £60 for 3 adults & 1 child to get in. There are plenty of things to do so I feel the price is appropriate as you can easily spend the entire day there.
To enter you have to walk through the souvenir shop & through a soft play too. As the soft play was empty I told B it was probably best to go on there first so he could have fun without it being too busy.
My mum & dad ordered food which took a while to come but it was still early in the day, the burger my father had wasn’t the best but I can’t complain about the chips. B had an absolutely fantastic time in the soft play. He had chance to explore without lots of kids crashing about, infact he was the only in there for some time.
If you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know that B loves a map so after studying it for some time he decided he wanted to try out the maze! Since finding the ‘Maize’ at Willows Farm B is now a huge maze fan & ended up doing this little one a few times throughout the day.
Its exceptionally easy & very small, no chances of getting lost but B really enjoyed it.
We followed the path around & ended up at the sand area which is absolutely fantastic. A mix of fake JCB styled diggers that have slides on them & real metal hand operated diggers. Most children are in their element, B included!
For the first time he used the diggers & enjoyed digging little holes. My dad did have to help him but he really enjoyed it. It was a fly-in visit to the sandpit this time around.
B decided he wanted to head on the play equipment next, it wasn’t a long stint but he did enjoy a few slides on their cool climbing frame. Turn the clock back you couldn’t get him off of this but times have changed, its still a great climbing frame.
He ran over to the other climbing bit which is slightly undercover & spent ages running around in there. It clearly has become his favourite play area in Old MacDonalds Farm, there wasn’t much seating inside this area but it did seem to prove popular with the kids, B especially.
Next up my mum asked if B wanted to head onto the Crazy Barn ride, neither myself or my dad can go on rides like this. My dad has motion sickness & I have inner ear issues. Nanna has to do spinny rides & they both ran straight on super excited.
They’ve been on the ride together before & I can honestly say I felt the ride was a lot shorter than previous times. Needless to say they both enjoyed the experience, B more than my mum of course.
The rides are bright & well kept which I absolutely love to see. Its also good with the rides they keep them in keeping with the park. Barns, tractor rides, horses etc!
Old MacDonalds Farm have absolutely fantastic play equipment & B wanted to head on the truly epic 2 lane bouncy slide. This is one of the biggest bouncy slides I’ve ever come across at an attraction like this & its branded especially for Old MacDonalds Farm!
B absolutely loves this slide & this day was no different he was up & down that thing like a whippet. He did get told off once for not coming down correctly which was good because it shows the staff member in charge was aware of what was going on, at other attractions we’ve been to although there are staff there they usually ignore whatever goes on. Which is usually exceptionally dangerous stuff. So huge props to Old MacDonalds Farm for having alert & helpful staff.
I highly recommend covered legs & arms for this slide especially when its warm as you’re likely to get burnt.
We had a little wander after this & ended up looking at a few animals & then I realised B was probably tall enough to ride the horse ride he’s wanted to ride alone for AGES! He was tall enough & was absolutely beaming when the ride operator let him on alone.
Its a very simple ride but he was singing the entire ride around & he absolutely loved it, he thought he was so grown up & of course he was!
I wish, like with some of the other rides, there was a some proper theming with the rides, it doesn’t need to cost a lot but a few props would go a long way to make the rides that little bit more attractive.
On our travels we happened across a new attraction we hadn’t seen on our previous trips. The ‘Battle Barn’ which consisted of 6 ‘ball firing’ ”guns” & some other bits & bobs. The largest ‘vacuum’ thing wasn’t working which was gutting but we still had lots of fun.
So much so we came back twice, B really enjoyed it. It was quite warm in there so make sure you have lots of water on hand. The balls are sponge & don’t hurt if you’re hit by them so the area is pretty appropriate for all ages! YES, even you adults.
There is also tables provided in here so a lovely little area to have a picnic indoors & the kids can play in-between.
Time was drawing on which only meant one thing…. THE DOGGY DOG ROLLER COASTER WAS OPEN! Although this roller coaster is relatively docile for B he absolutely loves it. He managed to get on the first trip round of the day! First up it was Nanna’s go. 3 times round & off they went, next up was my go & lastly was Pop’s go. The rollercoaster is great fun, again it is included in the price of entry. You get 3 goes around ‘per turn’. I have to admit it was my first go at a roller coaster in over 15 years when I initially went on it.
Please note it does have a height restriction & this is for safety purposes, the amount of people I’ve seen argue with the ride operator is disgusting. It is for YOUR child’s safety, they aren’t being ‘harsh’ or ‘rude’. Please check operating times before you turn up.
B saw that people had ‘slushes’ & demanded that him & Pop’s had one together so B had his first slush! He absolutely loved it, they have a little area set up selling them with 4 flavour options.
In the summer this is a fabulous feature & they were exceptionally popular with both the adults & children at the farm.
We headed to another play area after B had consumed most of his slushy. He had this little area to himself & he was beyond chuffed that he could now scale the structure that he previously got stuck up when he was little. I had to squeeze up there with a backpack & go pro in hand to get him out, joys of parenting hey haha. He played here for AGES, he loved climbing up different ways & trying different walkways.
Once he’d finished there we headed over to the pay as you go tractors at £1 for a 5 (ish) minute go B was in his element he really enjoyed it, lets just say he wasn’t quite up to scratch with his cornering but he sure tried… while continually bashing into some poor girl who was trying to go around at the same time.
We had a fabulous day at Old MacDonalds Farm, you can easily spend all day there but we ended up coming home around 2PM. It was the perfect amount of time for us.
We can’t wait to head back & may even head back for their Halloween event!