Festival on the Farm 2014 {Days Out}

Last weekend the Boo Roo and Tigger Too household headed off to Gressenham Hall for Festival on the Farm.  Celebrating it’s third year I have to confess it is the first year that I had heard anything about the festival.

Festival on the Farm 2014

With a family ticket priced at just £29.00 for an all-inclusive ticket (The Gruffalo Feast was an optional extra at £4.00 per chld) it sounded great value for money so we headed off to see what the festival had instore for us.  

Upon arrival I was surprised to see that we didn’t actually require a ticket to the event as we are Norfolk Musuem Pass holders for which we gain free entry to Gressenham Hall including special events.  I do feel that this needs to be advertised better next year, as I feel more museum pass holders would have attended the event had they know about it and that it was included within their annual pass fee. 

We free amble parking and plenty of space for a family picnic it was lovely not to worry about spending any extra money.

Gressenham Hall is the site of an old Victorian workhouse, which had festival stalls and and activities dotted around the gardens and outside areas of the site.  The workhouse itself was still open and available for viewing through the festival which if you have never visited before is an amazing day out, although I suggest popping back on a quieter day so that you can take in all it has to offer.

Kids Fitness Area

Breckland Council had set up a kids fitness activities area over on the Gressenham Farm.  Whilst I knew that Roo would be happy to join in the fun I was not expecting Tigger to request to join in first.  With a range of activities available from stacking cups, jumping frogs, beanbag balancing and rocket throwing.  The children were invited to take part in the fitness activities against the clock with a prize for the fastest competitors… not surprisingly Roo and Tigger didn’t win but they really had fun taking part.

Tractor Ride

A trip to farm wouldn’t be complete without a tractor ride and we weren’t disappointed… well maybe Tigger was a little when we told him that he wasn’t able to drive the tractor! 

Festival on the Farm 2014 - Tigger Tractor Ride

Gressenham Farm

After our tractor ride we decided to take a walk around the Gressenham Farm, taking a peek at the pigs, sheep and even attempting to milk a cow… well not a real cow but fun all the same.  With a range of animals to see, gardening activities to join in with and lovely walks to enjoy around the farm it is easy to spend an hour or two just down on the farm.

Festival on the Farm - Roo milking a cow

Gruffalo Shadow Puppet Theatre

Upon entering I thought is was a show that would showcase The Gruffalo story via the magic of shadow puppets, however we were greeted with a mountain of different crafting accessories.  The children were invited to make their own character from The Gruffalo’s Child story, with Tigger opting for the Big Bad Mouse! and Roo opting for the Owl.

With templates to trace around, felt tip pens, glue sticks and plenty of different materials to stick on the kids were in craft heaven.  Once their creatures were ready the lady showed them behind the screen and with the help of different types of torches Mr Boo and I were treated to a little Gruffalo story.

Festival on the Farm 2014 - Tigger Gruffalo Mouse

Festival on the Farm 2014 - Roo Gruffalo Owl

Goodies Explore Tour

One the front lawn of Gressenham Hall the Goodies Explore Tour land rover was parked up ready for kiddies to have their photo taken with it and if you shared your snap on Twitter they were hosting a giveaway.  Alongside the land rover the lovely people from Goodies also had a  stall where children could enjoy crafts and learn about plants and food.

Festival on the Farm - Goodies Explore Tour

Adventure Play Park

Why it that no matter how much children complain that they are tired an don’t want to walk any more, they see an adventure play park and suddenly they gain a second wind.  The large park is made up of several areas, with fun to be had on several levels.  From slides, climbing frames, zip wire and a giant spiders web Roo had an amazing time exploring the park.  Tigger approaches things more cautiously however enjoyed strolling around taking in all the park had to offer, but especially fell in love with a summer house within the toddlers play area.

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

The day was fun filled and tiring, personally I think the day is more geared up for under 8’s as many of the activities are craft based and may not interest older children.  Having been to Gressenham Hall previously we were familiar with with layout, although the goodie pack you received when you entry contains a handy map/guide.

I do feel that the advertising of the event needs to be looked at for next year, personally I would say that they need to collaborate with schools much better to gain interest from their target market.

Disclosure: We received a family ticket FOC in order to review the festival.

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17 Comments

  1. Manneskjur
    August 5, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Looks like such fun! As with all festivals there does seem to be something lacking when it comes to over 10’s – maybe tween festivals are going to start popping up soon!

  2. August 5, 2014 / 8:23 am

    Certainly sounds like a fun day for little ones, glad you had a good day.

  3. August 5, 2014 / 8:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to this place with the children, they’d been as part of a school trip earlier this year and to this day,they tell me how much fun it was! Sounds fab, Sarah, maybe we could sneak in a visit just as we leave Norfolk this month 🙂 x

  4. August 5, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Looks like a fun time was had. And beautiful weather too. Makes a difference going out for a family day and not needing wellies and raincoats.

  5. August 5, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    This does look like an awesome day for the family though.I know lots of events/places we’ve been to have been geared to little ones and my older kids get bored.Having 3 kids with a 6 year gap between my oldest and youngest I find it hard to cater for them all.

  6. August 5, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    The price sounds like good value for money. My girls would love the Gruffalo crafts as well 🙂

  7. August 5, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    Ooh – that looks sweet! And my parents live in Suffolk so not that far, I don’t think. Might have to check it out next year. Thanks for the tip re. older kids xx

  8. August 5, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    Sounds great for those with young children, even better that you could have got in for free. Hopefully they will take your comments on board.

  9. August 5, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    What a lovely day out! I particularly LOVED the shadow puppets, that looked like such fun 🙂 (especially sitting for a little while enjoying the show!)

    xx

  10. August 5, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    That sounds like great fun and very good value too.

  11. August 5, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    That sounds so lovely and such a good price too. It is the price that puts me off festivals but that looks really family friendly.

  12. August 5, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    This looks like a fantastic day out. Amy would love the fake cow. We talked about going to the farm today and she kept asking, if she could milk the cows. She must have seen something on telly about it…

  13. August 6, 2014 / 7:56 am

    ooh looks fun!

  14. August 6, 2014 / 8:09 am

    That looks like a great day for the younger ones – especially the tractor ride which I know my 9 y/o would have loved!

  15. August 7, 2014 / 5:42 am

    Nice to hear that you all enjoyed your day out at the festival. It sounds like there was lots to do for the little ones.

  16. August 13, 2014 / 11:12 am

    I love the sound of this, it would be perfect for my two I think. Great that it is included in your Museum Pass too, they definitely need to publicise that. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

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