The National Forest Adventure Farm offers exciting indoor fun, outdoor adventure and farm animals. The Farm hosts many events throughout the year including Easter Activities, huge summer Maize Maze, spooky Halloween daytime fun, scary night time Halloween Screamfest and Christmas celebrations.
About the farm
Located on Postern House Farm, it is farmed by the Robinson family. The total unit is just over 500 acres, it is a ‘mixed’ unit, which means that both arable and livestock farming are practiced on the farm. Aberdeen Angus beef cattle is the primary stock on the farm with grassland let for winter sheep grazing. Arable crops grown include Oilseed Rape, Wheat and, of course, Maize.
The farming practices have altered enormously at Postern House Farm in the last few years. In 2002 the partnership successfully entered a 67acre block of land into the National Forest. This can now be seen as the fledgling Sinai Park Woodland. It is highly visible from the A38, carpeting the side of the Trent valley. In 2004, the partnership successfully entered into a DEFRA funded ‘Countryside Stewardship Scheme’. This has created habitat for a variety of wildlife and increased flora diversity in a relatively short space of time. Species of birds such as the Lapwing and Skylark have benefited from land being left undisturbed through the winter, whilst the creation of feeding areas and the increase in invertebrates have led to a more plentiful supply of food.
Things to do
Meet a host of farm animals including pigs, sheep, cows and goats. In the spring you can also bottle feed lambs. You can cuddle a rabbit or guinea pig. There are more unusual animals such as alpaca, reindeer and chipmunks. You can take part in the daily animal activities including pony grooming, milking demonstrations and egg collecting. You can even have a bet on the sheep races!
The huge funfield features a range of have a go activities including Go-Karts, assault course, mini golf, jumping pillows and the JCB Big Dig Zone with sit on JCBs, sand pit and traversing wall. In the afternoon we took a tractor and trailer ride around the farm, looking out for scarecrows as we went. We spotted one in a tree!
In the summer, the Farm is home to a huge 10 acre maize maze. So take on the challenge of 3 miles of pathways, bridges and viewing towers.
Indoor Play Zone
The 3000m² indoor playbarn features a huge soft play area with demon drop slides. There’s an under 5’s area with a ball pit and giant Lego construction zone. Not that we were interested in the under 5’s area. Oh no, we wanted to go on the big slide!
There is a restaurant on site, but to be honest I would say to take your own food. The food is pricey, which you expect at a place like this, and very, very slow to arrive. You can’t eat your own food in the restaurant area but there are plenty of picnic tables both outside and under cover.
It cost me £10 on the door, under 2s are free. When events are on, such as the Maize Maze, the price goes up to £12.50, but you can save 10% all year round by buying tickets online. Once you have paid your entrance fee, pretty much everything inside is free. If you are local, you can also become a member, this gives you unlimited entry every day.
It was a fantastic day out and I hope to go again soon. I had planned to visit one of the brewery museums afterwards but I was exhausted!
If you would like to see more, you can visit the website here.