Back in December we headed to the most gorgeous Christmas gift market. It was the first time Ace had been out of the house in his sling and it was a beautifully festive day. I will remember it forever.
Mainly because of the stunning landscape and land adorned with Christmas trees ready to be taken to new homes. I’d never been to such a place before, and promised the sleeping boy nuzzled into my chest that we’d bring him back when he was older.
7 months later and that day arrived! Yesterday we headed back to the wonderful Church Farm, hidden in the pretty fields of Thurstaston on our hometown of the Wirral.
What a place to spend the hottest day of the year so far.
But what’s a Farm Park?
Church farm is more than your average farm. It’s a Farm Park. There’s so much more to see and do, and it’s suitable for every single member of the family.
It’s the perfect place to introduce your little one to their first farmyard animals (Ace LOVED the piglets and the rather friendly hens), let the toddlers get to grips on feeding the birds (you know like an emu…) and encourage the older ones to race a go-kart, a pedal boat or hone their swing at the crazy golf.
There’s a great timetable of events, even on days that are out of high season. You haven’t got a second to be bored because there’s always something going on around you.
Where to begin?!
We began our day greeting the alpacas, feeding the goats and getting friendly with the hens.
As we arrived bright and early, the traditional ‘park’ area was nice and quiet, meaning we had first dibs on the swings.
From here we took the leisurely stroll round to the emu’s before meeting the piglets and the pigs of the guniea variety.
Always make sure you peek round every corner. Hidden inside the barn you’ll find a lovely, secluded sand pit, complete with buckets, spades and a rowing boat!
Such a lovely idea and especially good for the littlest legs in the family. There’s even a tractor ready and waiting for a picture stop!
Once you are ready to rest those toes, jump aboard the tractor ride or Barrel Train! We took the tractor ride, and this 15 minute guided tour shows you every part of the farm including the spectacular view over the River Dee.
It’s seriously stunning. You can even get married here, nestled amongst the lavender. The sunset would be unreal. (Not that I’m secretly planning on renewing our vows here or anything….you know wearing a flower crown 😜)
Grub a dub dub
We took the budget option and packed a picnic. Is there anything better than a picnic on a sunny day?!
Well, yes actually– an ice cream! Which were really reasonably priced and absolutely packed with flavour. They also had a dairy free option, which made my day.
If you don’t fancy bringing your own lunch, you’ll be able to grab some tasty hot snacks and ice cream sundaes from the kiosk in high season.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty
Church Farm is located near Heswall on the Wirral, about a 30 minute drive from Liverpool and Chester. Parking on site is free and ample.
The whole farm I found to be pram friendly. We did take the ergo with us and I wore Ace on the tractor ride as he always tries to escape my arms 🙈
There is a brilliant pram park facility next to the tractor ride area, with plenty of space for even the busiest of days.
There is a cafe and gift shop upon entering the Church Farm site which are worth a peek if you have time. There is also toilets here, but personally I found the baby change facilities to a better standard within the ‘Farm Park‘ area itself.
Adult tickets into the Farm Park are priced between £3.75 and £6.25 depending on the season, with under 2’s going free. Older children and OAPS are priced between £3.00 and £5.75. With each season comes more activity, so you do get more for your money. If it’s become a firm family favourite the annual pass would also be excellent value for money.
Anything else I should know?
There is lots of special events and activities held throughout the year.
If you hadn’t guessed it, I’ve fallen head over heels for Church Farm. I look forward to taking a birthday boy to pick his first pumpkin, lock eyes with Santa and take part in his first Easter Egg hunt. All before joining adventure camp when these newborn days are a mere distant memory.
My visit was kindly gifted by the Church Farm team, but these thoughts are very much my own. I could not recommend a family visit to Church Farm this Summer enough. I know this one certainly won’t be our last.