Camping at Cotswold Farm Park
Telling the kids we were going to spend August bank holiday camping on a farm was like telling them they were going to Disneyland. My boys love animals and we go to farms for day trips regularly. We watch Countryfile and when the boys found out the were going to see the rare breeds at Adam Henson’s Farm they were so excited!!
Camping on the farm was going to be great and although the camping doesn’t include full access to the farm, as soon as you pay to get into the farm Park on day one you then get to go in and out of the farm park as much as you want for the duration of your stay, which is amazing with 2 boys that love the animals and all the play equipment too! Because we knew we would be going in and out of the farm we decided not to take buddy (the beagle) with us as he was allowed on the campsite but not in the farm for obvious reasons.
Arriving at the Farm
Arriving at the Farm early on day one was great as we had got the travelling out the way and able to enjoy breakfast in the cafe on site with amazing produce from the farm itself! Gloucester Old spot bacon and sausages and free range eggs simply yummy. We knew we couldn’t get onto our pitch on the campsite to set the tent up till 1pm so as soon as the Farm park opened we paid for our days family pass and the boys got to investigate all the play areas and see the animals. It was such a great way to start the weekend and the kids had so much to do they were like kids in a sweet shop their faces just lit up with excitement.
Let’s talk about the campsite!
After we had been on the farm for the morning and enjoyed some lunch we went back over to the campsite which is just a short walk (2 minutes) from the farm park to find out which pitch we were on and get set up. The staff in the guest lodge were so helpful and friendly. There is a little shop in the lodge too so that you can get some essentials like milk, butter, bread, drinks and even rent some games to play too. We were delighted with our pitch as so close to the playing field the boys could play on their bikes and play football while we were setting everything up.
The campsite is small and very friendly perfect for families, with a new toilet and shower block, washing machine and tumble dryer available for if you are having a longer stay. There are hard standing pitches, grass pitches with or without electric and also some gorgeous glamping tents that we had a quick look at while we were there. Those who have seen our camping set up know we don’t travel light we like our home from home set up, and the pitch we had was a great size and didn’t feel like we were cramped or squashed in with the other campers. The new booking system on the website allows you to choose your pitch which is a great new feature. Now we LOVE to cook everyone knows this and when we are camping that doesn’t change! We take our cooking tent with us and make sure we get to enjoy great food while camping too.
Back to the Farm Park
We were so lucky with the weather on our visit. We had a cold and drizzly start to the weekend but then the sun came out and stayed out we had 2 days of hot days and cooler evenings perfect for camping and enjoying being outside on the farm. The farm park is tailored for all ages. With play areas, tractor rides, bouncy pillows, Maize Maze, indoor play areas, indoor petting zoo and an activity barn too where you could see the piglets and bottle feed the goats as well as see and learn about milking the cows. Every member of staff we met absolutely loved the animals and talking to the kids teaching them all about them. Everywhere you look there is information on the different breeds and the history of farming. We all loved the rare breeds walk so we could see the different breeds and hear the talks from Adam on the through the ages info buttons on the way round. There was just so much to see and do there is no way you can do it all in one day. It’s amazing how much we learned while on the farm and we went in the farm park every day for 3 days and we didn’t get bored in fact we were all so sad to leave we have booked to go back again in the springtime so we can see the lambing!!!
There is so much going on at the Cotswold Farm Park throughout the year so check out their social media www.fb.com/cotswoldfarmparkltd