Rutland Farm Park recently re-opened (September 2017) after being forced to close 16 years ago and I am so pleased it’s re-opened as it’s a fantastic day out for the family. There’s lots of free parking here and you can access the tea room without paying to enter the farm as well. When I arrived, I noticed a sheltered buggy park which is a great idea to ease congestion in the tea room. The tea room is quite small so if you did need to bring the pram in, you’d have to choose your seat carefully. They have 3 Ikea highchairs with trays and two booster seats which you can attach to the chairs. Another feature which makes the tea room so child-friendly is the plastic plates, cutlery and bowls and the children’s menu. I felt there was lots on offer on the menu, all very reasonably priced. The staff in the tearoom were very friendly and attentive and asked twice if we needed anything and if everything was ok. Inside the tearoom are plenty of gifts and a coin operated ride-on tractor for small children.
The cost of admission to the farm is also reasonable with adults (13 years +) paying £5.50, children between 3-12 years pay £4.50 and children under 3 are free. The farm was a lot of fun with lambs, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, ponies, chickens, ducks, geese, alpacas and of course, llamas! There was so much for the children to see and they can even feed the goats. As well as the animals, there’s an indoor play area in a barn with ride-on tractors, a wooden Wendy house, a soft play area with a ball pit and tent and a few craft activities at tables too. There’s also a fantastic outdoor play area with swings, a slide, a wooden trim trail, a Wendy house and some springy rocking animals – these things…
The toilets are situated in an outbuilding and there are changing facilities in the large accessible toilet. The changing table is drop down with a safety strap and there’s also a potty which can be used. Obviously it can get a little chilly in there so release your inner nappy ninja skills – the quicker you can change a nappy, the better!
We loved it here and had a fantastic time so will definitely be returning. More information can be found here: http://www.rutlandfarmpark.co.uk/ or by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rutlandfarmpark/.