We found visiting Willows Activity Farm a fun experience for a toddler. It is not the cheapest day out, but we found it very well organised (you get what you pay for and all that…). Willows Activity Farm is near St Albans in Hertfordshire, just off junction 22 of the M25. The entrance fee includes the kid’s farm, all shows, fun fair rides, a tractor ride, huge outdoor and indoor play areas, including the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground. They hold different activities throughout the year, depending on the season. We visited in December, so there was of course a Christmas theme, including a visit to Santa.
We were surprised at how much there was to do. You really could spend the whole day here. Even in winter, there were lots of things that we didn’t see/do/play on. There were of course queues for the key seasonal activities, such as seeing Santa, but these were very well managed. And nothing else seemed that busy. Although top tip: we went prepared for cold weather, so spent most time doing outdoor activities. I suspect that the indoor play areas would be super busy in the winter. (Maybe save those ones for the summer?!)
Visiting Willows Activity Farm: Our Toddler’s Highlights
Ice skating: This was a seasonal activity and not even real ice. But Daisy loved her first go at ‘ice’ skating nonetheless.
JCB Young Drivers Zone: This was a major hit, with all sorts of mini JCB ride-on toys, complete with obstacles to negotiate.
The Farmyard: Daisy really like this big barn full of farmyard animals. Personally I found it a bit disappointing as you can’t get very close to the animals, apart from an opportunity to pet the guinea pigs. But anyway, it was for the toddler, not me, and she enjoyed it!
The Big Dig: This is an enormous sand pit (more like a sand field really). I think Daisy could have spent all day in here despite the weather, digging and playing on the slides.