There’s no better time for a visit to the farm than spring – you’re guaranteed to see loads of baby animals, and with any luck you might get some nice weather too.
We lucked out with the weather for our visit to Bocketts Farm last week – it was the day that really signalled the start of spring – sunshine galore! We timed our journey well and were among the first people through the doors to the farm, so had the run of the place for quite a while.
The only downfall (if you can call it that) of Bocketts Farm is the sheer number of things to do in the entrance barn. There are ride-on tractors for toddlers, with a huge track, including tunnel, and a huge red stationary tractor that you can climb aboard and sit in the driver’s seat.
Further through is the large soft play area – lots of things for various ages to explore, including areas for lots of different age groups, and the highlight for Max – the big rainbow slides! You grab a mat from the bottom and make your way up to the top before sliding down at speed to the bottom – apparently it’s the best thing in the world when you’re two! I think we must have gone down this slide at least 15 times on our last visit (on a weekday there is no queue, but at the weekends this place is crazy!)
We finally headed out of the main entrance barn to Little Hoppington, the petting area, where you can see lots of small animals – rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, chickens.
And in the main yard there are goats, ponies, donkeys, and lots of chickens to see.
We headed into the Big Animal Barn to see the piglets, Peppa and George, as well as all of the new lambs. There are more exotic beasts like Llamas and Alpacas too. Max loved seeing the animals, but was a little bit cautious when it came to the sheep getting too close!
There are lots of hand washing stations available throughout the farm, and all have toddler height stations too, which is a great touch.
Unfortunately with an almost two-year-old, we weren’t able to spend much time in the animal barn, as the lure of the outdoor playground was too great!
The playground is huge, with loads of sand pit areas, climbing equipment for various ages, jumping pillow, electric ride-on tractors. Max loved exploring the slides and the electric diggers which you can use to dig for gold.
Activities include Pig Racing twice a day (12:45 and 3:45), animal handling in Little Hoppington (hourly), tractor rides (an extra £1.25) and pony rides (extra £2 – 3 years and over).
Bocketts Farm, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS
Entrance: Adult, £9.50, Child (3-17), £9.95, Child (2 years), £8.30, Senior Citizen, £8.90, Disabled, £7.50, Under two’s, Free
Opening Times: 10am – 5.30pm
Eat and Drink: There is both a coffee shop within the main barn, and a larger tea room which is separate from the main farm itself.