7 Reasons to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm this Summer

National Forest Adventure Farm

We love to make the most of our weekends and days off, and we are always looking for things to do and new family friendly places to visit. When we were invited along to spend the day at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire,  I won’t lie – we jumped at the chance.

National Forest Adventure Farm

The National Forest Adventure Farm is based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire and offers farm animals in abundance, and indoor and outdoor fun for all ages.  Over the year the farm hosts a number of events including Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas events. The pirates of the Maize Maze is the Summer event running from July 15th 2017 to September 4th 2017 and includes a maize maze, a mini maze, duck race, pirate show and cannonball chaos. The doors open at 10am until 6pm, and there is ample car parking. On arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome and given a programme of the days activities.


Get up close to a range of animals

At the National Forest Adventure Farm there is a range of animals including pigs, sheep, cows, chicken, Shetland ponies, reindeer, alpaca and chipmunks. In the animal barns you will find rabbits and guinea pigs, goats and chicks. Much to the delight of our little ones, there is opportunity to stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs, and feed the ducks, goats, sheep and cows with some feed you can purchase for £1 on entering the farm.

Over the day the kids can try their hand at pony grooming or enjoy the milking demonstrations (check the programme for times of the activities). We found staff to be really friendly, knowledgable and always on hand if needed.

There is hand washing facilities dotted around the farm and hand wash points in the animal barn for hand washing after you have visited the animal barn and the paddocks.

Enjoy outdoor adventures

We have visited a number of farms over the years, but the National Forest Adventure Farm has something for everyone. The girls had a go on the mini assault course and the outdoor under 7’s play area. Our littlest man loved the sand play area, and we all enjoyed a spot of crazy golf. I think the most popular activity was bouncing on the giant jumping pillows! But wait…there is more! There is a water splash out area (bring a spare change of clothes!). Kids can test their football skills in the ‘Beat the Goalie’ area, try out their driving skills with the go karts, take a ride on the diggers or have a good old fashioned bounce on the massive JCB inflatable bouncy castle.

Indoor fun whatever the weather

We were so lucky when we visited, it was warm and dry and the sun even made an appearance during the afternoon. If the weather is not as kind -don’t be put off as there is still so much to do here. There is a massive indoor play barn which is well thought out with an under 5’s area for safe play, and a huge play area for the older ones. Top tip – remember to pack a pair of socks, as play barn users must wear socks.

The animal barn provides shelter from the rain where you can spend time handling the rabbits and the guineapigs and you can enjoy a drink and some home made food in the large restaurant. We spent quite some time in the animal barn, and our little ones loved the opportunity to stroke the rabbits and guineapigs.

The pirate duck race was also under shelter and the girls were able to cheer on their chosen ducks as they raced along in the water and headed to the finish line.

Get lost in the maize maze

Each year the theme of the maize maze changes, and this summer kids can hunt for lost treasure on a pirate adventure.  The maize is 10 acres and includes a 115 long pirate galleon and a 50m compass. For the little legs there is a mini maze which we throughly enjoyed. You can purchase a pirate pack for £2 and this includes a map and a compass. So off we headed, with an eye patch, a pencil, and compass in hand, to find the right path, and collect the stamps required for a true pirate adventure. The girls loved the maze adventure, and the maze was buggy friendly for our little man. Once we had collected all of the stamps, we took a while to find our way out and the girls were given a sweet treat prize.

Be transported to the high seas

During the day you have to stop and enjoy one of the Pirate shows. They are captivating and interactive and the kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed it.  What I also loved was the presence of the pirates around the farm, as they interacted with the visitors and even stopped for a photo or two 🙂

Explore your senses in the kitchen garden

Meandering around the grounds we stumbled on the kitchen garden where we wandered around and took in the range of plants, flowers and fruit and vegetables before learning about how the bees make their honey in the apiary. Once you have explored the abundance of fruit and vegetables, then you can try out the locally sourced and home produced food in the restaurant. We enjoyed a picnic on one of the many picnic benches dotted about the farm.

Family fun

We had such a lovely day. The farm and play equipment was really clean. The areas were easily accessible with a pushchair, and there were activities for all ages. We didn’t get round to all the activities –  when the girls found the huge inflatable pillows, assault course and crazy golf we knew we we would need to make ourselves comfortable. As the website states, ‘the farm is not complete without a Tractor and Trailer ride’, and as we didn’t get round to this, we will just have to return for another day of family fun and smiles…..

For more information and prices please visit National Forest Adventure Farm

If you are wondering what to do with the kids over the summer holidays, then we can highly recommend the National Forest Adventure Farm. Pirates of the Maize Maze is a really fun event – you won’t be disappointed!

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**Disclosure – We were given complimentary admission to the attraction in exchange for a review. All honest opinions are of mine and my family.



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    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks lisa it was such a lovely day- the maze was great too !

  1. July 27, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    That place looks great. Do they have a pumpkin patch for Halloween? I’m 33 with no children, and I can’t wait to go back to ours this year! 😀

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Ha ha I bet they have some amazing events on for Halloween! X

  2. July 29, 2017 / 9:05 am

    I can easily see why this would make a great day out. we know all too well how much fun helping out with animals can be for children. Add to this a full timetable of activities, indoor and outdoor play spaces and you have a perfect family day. I am really taken with their kitchen garden, this is something I’d really like to create at Coombe Mill, and the giant sand pit has me excited for the one we are currently building. What a wonderful opportunity to visit and a lovely recommendation for others.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Fiona the kitchen garden was beautiful,! And the sand pit went down a treat with all of them. A great day out all round! Good luck with your giant sand pit- hoping the wishing tree is also going to make an appearance in Coombe Mill xx

  3. July 29, 2017 / 9:46 am

    That place looks brilliant!!! It seems to offer so much and great that you can get so close up with the animals. #CountryKids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      The kids loved the animals – it was a real hit and definitely somewhere we will return ! Thanks for stopping by x

  4. July 29, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This looks a great place to visit, there is so much there and it is a long time since we have been through one of those maize mazes, my kids love them. Mich x #Countrykids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      They are so fab Michelle , the maze was great and then my 3 year old enjoyed it ! Thanks for stopping by xx

  5. July 30, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    That looks like so much fun. If we venture down that way we will definitely visit. I love the yellow wellies btw! 🙂 Coming over from #CountryKids x

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Sonia your definitely need to add it to your list if you are ever this way- a really great day out !

  6. July 30, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Looks great, thanks for sharing, wish it was closer to London 😉 #CountryKids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Yes maybe a little far for the day from London 😂😂😂! Thanks for popping by 🙂

  7. July 31, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Oh wow what an action packed place to visit that really captures the fun of being outdoors – my boys would love this place!! I know we would spend hours and hours here
    Just popping over from Country Kids

    Laura x

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks for popping by Laura – it was so much fun. We don’t really visit farms and zoos that often but it was a great day out !

  8. August 1, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    There certainly looks like there is plenty to do and see! I love the look of the pirate show and the maize maze and being able to get up close and feed the animals is always fun too. Good to know that there are things under shelter if the weather isn’t so good as well 🙂 #countrykids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks for popping by Louise ! We had so much fun here, the maze was great and the pirate shows fab too. The bouncy pillow was the biggest hit 😂

  9. What a lot of adventure and fun in one place! The Pirates adventure and the maize maze look epic! You must have all been exhausted after that day out? #familytraveltips

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Ha ha yes we did have three tired babies, particularly after the bouncy castle … and the boy enjoyed eating the sand 😂 they loved it !

  10. August 2, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Wow i’ve never heard of this place before but it looks like great fun for families, will definitely add it onto my places to visit list #countrykids

    • otisandus
      August 2, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks for popping by Lucy! They loved it – it is somewhere we hadn’t been before but will definitely return !

  11. August 3, 2017 / 8:01 am

    what a fantastic place to visit. My parents grew up in Staffordshire. #CountryKids

  12. August 5, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    We love it there! We went last summer and it’s a bit of a drive for us so we haven’t been for a while but I’m hoping to fit in another day there this summer.

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