A farm fit for a prince

IMG_0094Bucklebury Farm in Berkshire had a visit from another prince this week  – Prince George of Chesham. Reportedly a regular stomping ground for Prince George of Cambridge (Middleton Manor is close by), Prince George of Chesham was keen to see if the farmyard was fit for his own princely playtime.

With animals, playgrounds, nature trails and a giant ‘Bounce Mat’ (picture a huge inflatable pillow), there’s so much to do here and lots of ways to keep little ones entertained. The farm is also set in 74 acres so there’s no chance of feeling penned in.

The little prince kicked off playtime on the Astro slide (serious fun for Mamma and Daddy, too) before heading outdoors to explore the adventure playground, which he could observe from the castle – a fitting touch for a prince.

IMG_3747George was really impressed by the play equipment provided and counted a couple of tractors and a combine harvester in among all the usual suspects you would expect to find in a playground. There’s also a double decker play bus, a sandpit and space to build dens. The queue for the Bounce Mat was a little long, so the prince declared it was time to go and feed the lambs.

On our way over to the lamb shed, we passed by bunnies, goats, llamas, pigs, two turkeys called Tom and Terry and three donkeys, who are apparently on diets.

Feeding the lambs was a real highlight for us all – kids get given a small bottle of milk and (with adult supervision) are free to head into the barn and choose which lambs they wish to feed. It felt a little more relaxed here than other farms we’ve visited, which made it all the more fun.

To finish off our visit, we tackled the wooden assault course. George was able to do most of the obstacles with help from us and will have lots of fun navigating this on his own when he’s a little older.

Sadly, it was too muddy for the tractors to go out so we weren’t able to take advantage of the deer excursions which are included in the ticket price. But that gives us an excuse to go back in summer. There’s also some lovely walking trails we’ll be able to explore, and if the donkeys have slimmed down a bit we’ll be able to feed them too.

Prince George of Chesham and his parents were very amused.

The important stuff

  • How much does it cost? Ticket prices aren’t cheap (£9.45 for adults, £8.45 for kids, under 2s are free) but they are good value for money, as there’s so much to do and you could spend all day here. The tractor rides are free, as is feeding the lambs.
  • Eating and drinking – there are some lovely cafes with reasonably priced food and plenty of picnic benches. We brought our own lunch but we were very tempted by the delicious scents wafting our way.
  • Fun rating – We give it 8/10.
  • Plan your visit at Bucklebury Farm