My Mummy's World : Dinosaur Hunting at National Forest Adventure Farm

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Dinosaur Hunting at National Forest Adventure Farm

Last Autumn we visited the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tattenhill for the first time, and honestly it was amazing. So when we were invited along to the current event 'Dinosaurs Awaken' I knew it would be great fun. It was a fun place to visit without the dinosaurs but somehow the dinosaurs made it more amazing!

My best friend's little boy is obsessed with dinosaurs so they came along for the day too, the boys are best friends so seemed like a perfect opportunity. 


National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

The day in which we visited was not the best weather wise, when we arrived it was dry so first of all, we headed to the outside animals, planning everything around what the weather was doing. We had purchased some food from the entrance and the boys couldn't wait to get feeding the animals. The boys loved looking at the different animals and getting to feed so many of them.

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

As it started to rain on our walk around, typical we next headed to the Fossil Panning activity which is located outside under a cover near the maize maze. Each of the boys had a go at the fossil panning activity in which is an additional £2 however you can keep your treasure. They were each given a bag which contained what they had to look in. Firstly they tipped the bag into a tray and swished it within the water to clean away the sand. Ensuring each was clean, next we headed to a table to sort our fossils and gemstones. On each table space there were some posters with what to look for along with some magnifying glasses to identify. The boys loved finding the treasure out from the stones and identifying them the best they could. 


Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm


Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm

Fossil Panning at National Forest Adventure Farm

Following this they were eager to go in the maze, there was a choice of two, the 'Dinosaurs Awaken Maize Maze' or the 'Dino-Babies Mini Maze'. The staff member told us the larger one can take upto 2 hours, and with the weather unpredictable and three children, we opted for the smaller one. They loved it, searching out each of the different dinosaur characters hidden around the maze and when they found one stamping it off on the sheet.  Within the larger maze they also do a 'Raptor Run' twice a day with limited spaces in which you have a limited amount of time to steal an egg without getting caught'. We didn't do this activity but it did sound great fun. 


Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm


Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm


Mini Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm

After this we took a walk back to the main area of the farm and went inside to the indoor animals. On our walk up we spotted the 'real' dinosaurs. Both children knew we were going to look for dinosaurs, but I don't think Jack expected to see large walking dinosaurs and he got scared and started crying. I think it was more of a shock as the tears soon disappeared and he was asking his many questions again. Within the barn we looked at the many different indoor animals and the pigs were the firm favourite along with the piglets. 
Dinosaurs Awaken at National Forest Adventure Farm


National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

A fun activity which is included within the price is the barrel run and tractor ride, the tractor ride is done on the hour each hour, and the barrel ride every hour on the half hour. As we were coming out from the barn it was almost time for a barrel run so we headed along there for the boys to have a turn. On our last visit this was one of the highlights for Jack so I knew it was something we had to do. Needless to say it was a hit again for them both. Later on in the day they had a go on the tractor ride. I didn't go on this as Isla was sleeping however my friend took them both and they had great fun. 


Barrel Ride at National Forest Adventure Farm


Next we headed for some lunch, there are several places to eat at National Forest Adventure Farm, last time we ate in the Cafe which is reasonably priced and nice, but this time we took a picnic. We ate this at one of the many picnic areas which was clean and tidy. 
Next we let them burn some energy within the soft play area, whilst there was another rain storm. All the children had great fun. The boys had fun within the larger play area and the big slides, whilst Isla enjoyed her first soft play experience within a small toddler play area. We headed back to see the animals following this to finish off the tubs of food we had, emptying them before leaving.

National Forest Adventure Farm


Included within the entrance price are so many activities, many of them are free with a few additional things you can pay for such as the mechanical diggers and go-carts. As both boys were well behaved they had a go on the go-carts having a little race around the ring. After this we headed to the free play areas, both the outside one where they had loads of fun. The giant pillows are always a firm favourite, but the sand area was too this time. 


National Forest Adventure Farm

After this we managed to catch the final 'Dinosaur Training' of the day, Jack was still a little unsure of this but my friends boy loved it. Joining in with all the interactive activities, touching the dinosaurs and asking the trainer many a different question, all of which she was happy to answer.


Dinosaurs Awaken at National Forest Adventure Farm

The 'Dinosaurs Awaken' maze is currently on until the 4th September, perfect for the summer holidays.  

Overall we had an amazing day, we will definitely visit again. This was my friends first time visiting and she was amazed what was included. She said she is visiting again with her partner and also telling her family so her niece and nephew can experience too. 

Please Note: We were provided with complimentary entry to the event along with the panning of the fossils in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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