I’m one of those people that hates being indoors, particularly when the weather is nice. Since George came along, that desire is even stronger. I want him to explore the world, visit different places and try different things. I want to make as many memories as I can with him. Luckily, he loves being outside too. Although some days, I think he’d be happy to stay indoors playing with his toys for days on end.
We live in South Wales and have pretty much tried and tested every farm park within a 20 mile radius of our home. I do have a few favourites but the one that tops them all at the moment is Raglan Farm Park. Situated in the county of Monmouthshire, just outside Usk and set in over 40 acres of parkland, Raglan Farm Park really does have something for everyone.
Amazingly, they’re open every day (apart from Christmas Day), 10am until 5pm. The farm park takes into consideration the money involved in a family day trip, so offers very reasonable entry fees of £6 for adults, £5 for children, £3 for disabled, £4 for senior citizens and children under 3 are free. And for families of four or more, you can benefit from a discount to £5 per person. Whats even better, each time you visit, you get a stamp on a loyalty card (your sixth visit is free)!
Since opening in June 2016, Raglan Farm Park is a firm favourite amongst locals. With seven “soft play” areas, bouncy castles, tractor rides, zip-wires, swings, slides, roundabouts, trampolines, and ride-on tractors and go-carts, not to mention all of the animals and the small cafe (the chips are yummy!), its suitable for all ages.
We‘ve visited Raglan Farm Park twice in the past two months and the second time didn’t let us down. The first time we visited, it was freezing cold and the second time was boiling hot. Both trips were great apart from the first time being a bit too cold to venture out into the fields. On both occasions we were lucky enough to see newborn lambs - which I definitely recommend. So darn cute!
The animals located around the farm include cows, alpacas, sheep, lambs, goats, horses, donkeys, rabbits, chickens and of course, Raggy the Dinosaur (don‘t worry, he doesn’t bite!) plus more. You can also buy various animal feed to give to the animals should you wish to.
The farm’s website says “we pride ourselves on the friendly, personal service we deliver to our visitors”. I can back them up on that one. With it being our first time at the farm, the owner kindly gave us a little personal tour of the farm park, pointing out the main areas we would be interested in and the layout. We thought this was great customer service, as you don’t get this at any other farm parks - and it wasn’t like it was quiet and he had nothing else to do. The second time we visited, he was outside in the hot sun, directing cars in the car park!
You can tell he clearly takes pride and enjoyment in seeing people enjoy the attraction he has built. And so he should. It’s a shame other places aren’t the same. But that’s what makes this one special.
Raglan Farm Park is probably one of George’s favourite places. I’m sure if he could talk, he’d be asking us to take him there every weekend. His favourite parts are running around outside in the big open park, petting any and every animal, and climbing around in the toddlers soft play area, making news friends. Actually, I think he loves everything at the park!
The park offers a venue for birthday parties too, again at fantastic rates. It’s the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family - I’ll definitely be considering it for George as he gets a little older.
On your way back to the car, you can visit their farm shop where you can pick up all kinds of meat (my husband loves their bacon), cakes and other tasty treats. They even take card payments, which suits us down to the ground, not often carrying cash.
Well done to everyone involved in Raglan Farm Park because a lot of thought has gone into creating this place, in terms of filling it not just with animals, but so many activities for children. The fact that it’s only three years old this year, shows how much work has been put into it already.
If you live locally and haven’t been yet, or are further afield but fancy a day trip, you really need to come and visit Raglan Farm Park. It‘s worth every car trip and time spent. We will be coming back for as long as it’s open and George wants to. To be honest, I think we enjoy it just as much (or maybe more) than George does!
Have you visited Raglan Farm Park before? Let me know what you and your littles ones/family think of it.
For more information on Raglan Farm Park, visit: https://www.raglanfarmpark.com
This post is in no way sponsored by Raglan Farm Park. On all visits we have paid for our own entry to the attraction.