We love a day out at a farm park and have tried many of the local ones. I’ve heard lots of good things about Piglets Adventure Farm in York but have never actually been, so we went for a day out there during the last half term holiday. It was amazing! I just wish we had discovered this place sooner.
Mumbler Reviews Piglets
On arrival the first thing we noticed was how spacious it was, the site is very well spread out over a large area and it didn’t feel too busy. It has all of the usual things you would expect at a farm park – lots of animals to see and meet and some good play areas. My kids both ran off to explore the play areas to begin with. There are 2 nice play parks all on safe, sandy bases and a bouncy pillow (my kids LOVE a bouncy pillow!).
However there were a few different things at Piglets that we loved and made it an extra fun day out – for my son it was the go-karts, for my daughter it was the beach!
We spent a while on the go-karts (there are different sized ones for little and bigger legs) and then had a few turns on the barrel ride. This is a tractor ride around the field but the carriages are piggy shaped-barrels, my daughter loved this.
We had taken a picnic so we headed to the beach to eat and spent ages just playing in the sand and water afterwards. We’d hired a beach hut for the day which was an ideal place to have our picnic, dump our stuff and relax. It was also ideally placed get ice creams and drinks to go with it from the adjacent snack bar. The ice creams were amazing!
After our lunch stop we headed out to see more of the site. There is a lovely fairy trail in the woods; we had a trail sheet to complete and needed to find all of the fairies and their homes. Then we went to see the animals – there is a large field with donkeys, shetland ponies, sheep, goats and pigs and also a small inside area where we could see the newborn piglets and also the guinea pigs and rabbits. There are plenty of different animals to see and lots of signs with information on for children to learn about each animal as we walked around.
There is a good crazy golf section which we spent a while going around (trying to stop my kids bickering over who was winning!) and then it was back to the beach!
We spent 5 hours at Piglets and could have easily stayed longer, its the sort of place that’s easy just to hang out and play at, it’s safe and you can see the children easily from most points. Me and Mr Mumbler even managed a coffee and a chat in peace while my children were in the beach.
It was one of the best family days out we have had for a long time and we will definitely be back again.
Mumbler Top Tips for a Day Out at Piglets
Hire a beach hut! This really did make our day for us. You get use of a beach chalet all day so you can dump all of your stuff in there and not have to carry it around. The chalet provides shade on a hot day (warmth on a cooler day!) and you have a great view of the beach and the children playing. There are 2 deck chairs to use and you can come and go as you please all day. Its also handily next to the coffee/snack and ice cream shack! They aren’t cheap, £30 for the day, so its a good idea to go with another family and share the cost.
Spend the day there – take enough water, snacks, sun cream etc for a full day out, it is a full day out.
Try the ice cream cups – you can buy your ice cream in a piggy (or other animal) plastic mug to take home, we got one and have used the cup loads at home, its always a nice reminder of our great day out when we see it.
Try their events – they have a jam packed calendar of events throughout the year, including pumpkin festival and santa’s grotto. We will definitely go back and do an event.
If you are driving there, go cross-country. Piglets is located at Towthorpe, just north of York off the A64 as it heads towards Scarborough. We went on the A1079 and A64 but traffic was heavy. Coming home we went cross-country via Stamford Bridge, Wetwang and Beverley and it took 1 hour to drive. It was also a beautiful drive and we passed other places that you could stop off at to make a longer day out – Balloon Tree for PYO fruit is near Stamford Bridge, Wetwang have their annual scarecrow festival in August, or there are lots of nice walks and points to stop at on the route.
Piglets Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm. Full details and bookings and bookings on their website here – www.pigletsadventurefarm.com. Advance bookings only currently (June 2021)
Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST. 01904 499183.