Christmas at Piglets Adventure Farm York review
Welcome back to another your experiences guest review. This time we have a lovely review about Christmas at Piglets Adventure Farm in York by Kate from BCarried. This is something that I considered doing this year but unfortunately we can’t get around to it, but it is DEFINITELY on my list for next year. Let’s hear what Kate thought about her day out there! Christmas at Piglets Adventure Farm York review
(Edit: We’ve been to Piglets! Our visit was earlier this year in summer and was FANTASTIC. I’ll link my review at the bottom of this post!)
What to expect
Piglets Adventure Farm is a family attraction just 15 mins from York centre at Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST. There’s lots of fun for kids including loads of areas for indoor and outdoor play, trailer & tractor rides, maze, places to eat and drink, fairytale trail, animals to meet and pet, piglets maternity ward, crazy golf, go karts and playgrounds. There’s even more, see their map here.
At Christmas Piglets Adventure Farm is transformed into winter wonderland with the star of the show being their very popular magical Christmas sleigh ride and grotto. There are 4 places to eat at Piglets, picnic areas, annual passes available and seasonal events throughout the year.
“My Aunt lives nearby to Piglets Adventure Farm and as her birthday falls at the start of December, we decided that we would take her out for the day and so we went to see Santa. There were 4 adults and one child. The first thing that struck me was that unlike many other theme parks and days out, they actually charged more for the child. Granted they get a toy, but a lot of places we looked were still charging quite a lot for the adults. We went mid week and prices were £11.95 for B (under 2 but included his toy). Adult tickets were £6.95 – this included a free mince pie.
We arrived at lunch time in anticipation of our pre-booked sleigh ride which was at 2.40pm. We had a lovely lunch in the café at the entrance. Prices seemed very reasonable, and they have a small soft play inside, B was immediately entertained and obviously not interested in eating anything! We then had a little walk around outside. Not all of the park was open, which was a shame as the adventure playground looks amazing (we will definitely come back in the summer to try it out).
The farm and petting zoo and piglet field were open, and we saw 3 different ages of piglets which B thought were great. Within the Petting area there was a member of staff on hand with a fluffy white rabbit, Guinea pig and a baby rabbit. We were able to stroke these as well as there being goats, pigs chickens and tortoises all fenced in by low walls, so B could see everything. He ran around and enjoyed himself. We were the only people in the petting area at the time.
Next we went to check-in for our Sleigh ride. The check-in area was a large heated marquee in which there were tables and a bar, so you could relax while you waited for Santa. On arrival you were greeted by an elf with a little security skit, next you were given paper and pencils to write your letter to Santa and post in the post box before you were called through to watch a security video (again elf themed). Then it was through Santa’s workshop to get on the Sleigh. Now this was the part of the day we were expecting to be the highlight for tractor obsessed B and we were not disappointed. On we climbed, once everyone was on board, we were lifted up on hydraulics so we felt like we were flying!
The Sleigh took us to the village, where we were met by Mrs Claus. She took us into a lovely warm Tepee with a real fire (very safely done). She advised us that Santa liked to nap, so we needed to wake him up when she took us in to see him. The whole sleigh went in to see Santa together (our sleigh had 4 children, and their accompanying adults). Santa was great, he talked to each child, took a photo with each child and gave them a special key. This set up was great for 2 reasons. 1, there was NO queuing. 2, nervous toddlers and babies are less likely to get stressed by it, one of the children was a 4 month old who was in a sling and was able to stay in the sling.
We then went to the toy store, to pick a toy and again had a little skit. The choice was fantastic, I think B picked up about 5 different toys before he settled on a little electric train set (which we played with later in the evening and he thought was amazing and wanted to take it with him everywhere for days). Then we went to another heated tepee, in which the adults were given their free mince pies. Meanwhile the children could make reindeer food to put out on Christmas eve, and put a decoration on the tree. There was also a nativity scene with live animals, donkeys and a photo board.
When it came to getting the Sleigh back, I have never seen B so excited, he was positively jumping for joy, and kept saying “tractor, on” but we still were not done. There was another tractor ride out to the Hay Play Barn. As it sounds this is mostly hay bales but there was also a little tractor area, oats play and a café. The adults had hot chocolates (really nice) while B ran around. I say this, but all of us ran around at various times.
This is one of the best days out we have had, it was good value for money (many of the presents the kids were offered were available in the gift shop for around £7) and it was just perfect for a young child, whilst not being boring for the adults. Not having to queue was a real plus. I’m not sure how busy it would get at the weekend, as they will only be able to take the number of people for the sleigh but if you can go midweek do it is fantastic.
Thank you for your lovely review Kate!
The photos are just lovely, aren’t they?! I am DEFINITELY putting this on my list for next years must do days out for Christmas. There’s so much to do there and I know Eric would really love the sleigh ride. What do you think? Would your kid love it too?! Have you been – if so, what did you think?
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Edit: We’ve now been to Piglets Adventure Farm!!:
Our experience was very different from Piglets at Christmas, though, but if you’re thinking of going in Spring/Summer do have a read. We loved it!