Piglets Adventure Farm, York

Eric has been getting more into big days out. After our day out at Sundown Adventureland previously in the year, I really have the itch to go to more theme parks, adventure farms, places considered “an attraction”. I’ve heard very good things about Piglets Adventure Farm, specifically the Christmas event. It was a bit of a journey from Sheffield but a special treat. This is what we thought… Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm is just outside the city of York. Find it at: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

Prices really depend on the day you go, check here. Term time children are between £3.50-£7.50 depending on age and adults £3.95-£6.50.

During special events/summer holidays the prices are more. We paid nearly £30 for the three of us. During Christmas with a grotto visit and sleigh ride a child costs £15.95 and adult £10.95 at peak time. At Halloween, prices are £8.95 for a child including a free pumpkin and £7.95 for adult. Note, all this prices are if booked online; it is more expensive on the gate.


Getting there

Now, as you may know, we don’t drive. We didn’t go straight from Sheffield to Piglets as we had stayed overnight in York. The first day was full of museums and we saved Piglets Adventure Farm for the second day. I’m not sure we would be able to do it in one day from Sheffield; that would be a really long day. If you drive, though, it would be fine!

The public transport to Piglets is not fantastic, there is not bus stop directly near so the closest bus is to the village in Towthorpe, with about 15/20 minute walk, with no path. It really does annoy me when good days out for families do not have better transport links because it restricts families who don’t drive as to what they can do and where they can go, but oh well. Sometimes, the options are to pay for a taxi, walk along busy roads, walk for miles from the nearest bus, or not go at all. Anyway, that’s another rant for another day. 😉

Review

Watch this Barrel Ride, it was my favourite part!

There is so much to do at Piglets Adventure Farm. As soon as we arrived I was very impressed because by the entrance once you’re out of the car park is a pig barn, lots of space and some coin rings (a digger and some little tractors). So there was already something to do and see before we went in. Eric loved to see the little piglets in the field.

Entrance was through a gift shop and we hadn’t booked online so paid peak time summer holiday prices, £10.95 for each of us. It isn’t cheap but I like to call these sorts of days out a “treat day out” as they’re not something you’d do regularly. We did have a really good day out so the price is justified.

During school holidays at Piglets Adventure Farm there’s extra activities/shows, etc on. We went during summer school holidays which usually I’m apprehensive about due to places being sooo much busier but this was completely fine. And there were extra entertainment on, like an amaaaazing circus show and foam party at the end of the day which was… interesting!

The park is set out in a different layout to anything I’ve seen before. Everything is very close together in the “main” area. There is a tractor trailer ride to the Play Barn which is very fun, I totally recommend you do that.

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The play barn has a pizzeria, picnic benches inside, a big sand pit, ride on tractors, hay bales, swing ropes, giant play pigs and drop slides. It was really quiet and we had the place to ourselves until about 10:30am.  The sandpit had loads of sand play toys. We took the tractor ride to the play barn straight away and spent at least an hour there. The tractor rides run regularly throughout the day and we didn’t wait long to go there or come back. It was lovely, the play baaarn is really nice.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

After the play barn it was circus show time. The circus show was a little independent show called Fat Matts Show and oh my gosh he was hilarious! I’ve never laughed so much before at a circus show, he was sooooo funny, so interactive, really good with kids and his tricks… wow, very impressive!

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The show was honestly the highlight of my visit. I loved it. I would see it again, I hope he’s there again next year.

By this time we had already been at Piglets nearly 3 hours so it was picnic time. I do recommend taking your own food if it’s nice weather, there’s picnic benches scattered around so you easily find somewhere to eat. It’s much nicer to eat your own food next to play areas and snack here and there throughout the day in my opinion. The cafe did look nice and the pizzeria in the play barn smelt delicious but we always take our own food to keep costs down. 🙂

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Eric had a nap so we did the maize maze while the was asleep. Ollie really liked the maize but I’m not into it. I find them really boring and don’t quite get the point, but if you like maize mazes then I’m sure you love it; ollie had lots of fun, haha.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

The maize maze is big and you are given a fob key to scan at each colour to find around the maize, there’s I think 9 colours in total and at the end you are given a time to compare on the leader board. I did think compared to the rest of the park and activities this was quite grown up, Eric wouldn’t have understood this at all, but it’s a good one for the older kids and adults.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

At Piglets Adventure Farm there is so much to play on and everything, like I mentioned before, is close together so you can do everything as you please, just going to and from different areas without much walking at all. This is great for toddlers, you wouldn’t need to push the pram around much and they can just choose what they want to do.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

There are two bigger areas that do quite a bit of walking: the farm and the fairy trail. The fairy trail is so sweet and is a circular loop along a long path finding a variety of fairy homes. At each fairy home is a little information board about who lives there, their colour and a piece of chalk. The idea is that you collect a colour on each of your fingers from the fairies, and at the end of the trail, your combination of finger print colours tell you your fortune. I thought this was a really thought through.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Eric enjoyed finding the fairy homes and doors in trees, and they were very lovely, it was magical but he didn’t understand the coloured chalk idea or the fortune.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

 

We did the farm last and I wasn’t very impressed, not many animals and they all seemed a little bit gloomy. But they did have lots of space. It takes a walk to go around the farm barns with not a huge variety of animals but it is nice to see they have so much room to roam. We saw one pig in the maternity ward in labour, ponys, chicken, some goats, sheep and alpacas.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

My favourite part about Piglets Adventure Farm was the rest of the things to do which included jumping pillows, a barrel ride, play areas, sand pits, ride on tractors, go-karts, water cannon balloons, tractors.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

There was enough to do and we weren’t bored at any time. My favourite had to be the barrel ride, we went on it twice… sooo fun!

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

The time seemed to pass quite quickly and we managed to do everything before the foam party at 4pm. The foam party was so funny… Eric was scared and didn’t want to take part so we stood further back out of the foam but he was quite entertained watching the other kids get soaked, the foam was EVERYWHERE, some people were covered head to toe in it! Crazy.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Verdict

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Highlights: Barrel ride, circus show, tractor ride to the play baaarn, jumping pillows, everything being close together.

I really did like it, Eric had a lovely time and it was a fun day out, the sort of place where there’s just loads to do and the kids don’t get bored. These types of days out are a real treat for us.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Would I go back again? Probably not.

Why not? It’s too inconvenient to get to by public transport. By the time you pay for a bus from York and walk, plus entry, it’s quite a lot. It’s not easy to get to and I think for that reason I wouldn’t be going back.

If I could drive I might go again if it was a group of friends for a special occasion, or if I was going with a friend in a car, then yes I would go back. Otherwise I don’t really think it’s worth the journey.

I wouldn’t make the special trip from Sheffield by public transport, unless you were prepared to share a taxi with some friends to Piglets from York.

The seasonal events, specifically halloween and Christmas, look absolutely amazing and are really highly reviewed. The Christmas event with Christmas sleigh rides is supposed to be one of the best, and for that reason, I might go back one day… but with the prices, and the public transport, it wouldn’t be on top of my list. Christmas tickets are approximately £18 child and £15 adult, plus trains from Sheffield, bus or taxi would be a lot.

If you’re on a budget, but you can drive from Sheffield, I would recommend going here once to see what it’s like; you will have a good day out and but visit during term time while the prices are much cheaper at £3.95-£7.50 which is a bargain.

Closer to home, we really like Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry centre. It’s easier and quicker to get to by public transport with it being in Sheffield and there’s more to do there like water play, Dino trail, big adventure playground and lots more animals. They don’t do cheaper prices during term time, though.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York | Prices & Things To Do With A Toddler

Have you been to Piglets Adventure Farm and what did you think?


Find more fun days out for toddlers here:

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park
Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park

 

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