Our day at Marsh Farm started with Brunch – as all good days should. The charming Tillie’s Tea Room making a lovely setting to tuck into our fry-ups. Sausages for the meat-eaters and lots of mushrooms for me.
Before long the birthday boy arrived along with the rest of the family. I can’t believe my gorgeous Nephew Mitchell is already one. Oh how he has grown 🙂
If you don’t know it, Marsh Farm is well worth checking out. Located in the village of South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, Marsh Farm is basically 30 acres of fun.
The animals are the main attraction of course. Over in the stable we were able to stroke a couple of ponies, plus Niece Ella was put to work grooming lovely April. The goats were clearly enjoying both the attention they were getting and the food, they followed us around the field, popping their noses into our little bags of feed.
Out in the paddock there were Llamas, Alpacas and Reindeer, they weren’t at all interested in us I’m afraid, so I wasn’t able to get a good look at them. There was a cute little pet section full of rabbits, guinea pigs, chipmunks and the like, which we walked through to reach the aviary. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it in there, so many beautiful birds flying around our heads, I couldn’t get over just how blue the Indian Ringneck Parrots were.
The highlight of the day for me was out in the barn. We got to see the pigs, sheep and Highland Cows, plus in a separate shed (where the rather disappointing milking demonstration had taken place earlier on) was a little calf called Clarabelle, who I got to stroke and then bottle feed.
As well as the animals, we also had great fun on the swings, trying to make our way through the maze, rode out to the marshes on a tractor and played mini-golf.
I couldn’t believe it when it was time to start making our way to the exit. There were still loads of things that we just hadn’t had time to do; watch a falconry display, play on the massive inflatables, watch the goat racing…
We stopped off in the gift shop on our way out and picked up a jar of the most delicious sun-dried tomato and garlic chutney.
This was such a great day out for kids (and us adults) I would definitely recommend it.