Croxteth Hall, Farm and Gardens

Five years ago this week, I met my husband Tom. We’d been chatting for a few weeks after ‘meeting’ on Match.com (after I set up my profile on a mega delayed train back from London thanks to reading a friends post about how she’d met her husband on there…) but this was the first time I’d set eyes on the 4D experience 😂

Mum dad and baby

We had a few drinks in a Liverpool bar before heading to a 1920s Murder mystery dinner party at the beautiful Croxteth Hall. In fact, the hall is a miniature version of Knowsley Hall, where we married 3 years later.

Anyway I digress, Croxteth Hall is surrounded by lush parklands with a farm and children’s play area. The perfect spot to spend the last bank holiday of 2019.

Farming around

Croxteth Park Farm is “a traditional working Victorian Farm” filled with typical and rare breeds of farm animals. It’s a really chilled vibe and considering it was a scorcher of a day, it wasn’t ridiculously busy, so we had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time with the animals.

Croxteth hall farm

Each stable houses different types of animals, with lots of information on the particular breeds and individual animals themselves- such as name, age etc.

Women feeding goat

The animals were all very ‘people friendly’ and you could tell they were used to being fed by little hands. But of course, it goes without saying that animals can and will bite so you still must be vigilant.

Baby and cowLamb

There is a timetable of events running throughout the day, giving you the chance to let a rabbit, feed a meerkat or pose with a bird of prey. We didn’t stick around of any of these to be honest, just because of Aces age, but I’m sure we will in future.

GoatRabbits

Aside from the animals, there is a sand pit and picture boards which are a nice addition!

Baby picture board

Any downsides?

It’s a pretty confusing layout. Not an obvious entry or exit or route around the farm. We spied a lot of prams parked up too (it’s a cobbled farm, but we had no issues with our Occaro) but it wasn’t a designated area and certainly didn’t feel very secure.

The cafe isn’t anything to write home about either- long queues, dirty highchairs and the toilets left a lot to be desired. So much so that I changed Ace under a shaded tree in the parklands instead.

Baby Croxteth hall

It’s a basic menu with not much for kids on offer- next time we will definitely be taking a picnic and enjoying some home baked goods in the surroundings of the Hall itself.

Just some things to consider, but not deal breakers.

Does it break the bank?

For 2 adults, one baby and one bag of animal food we forked out £11- which I think is pretty reasonable for 2-3 hours entertainment.

We plan on heading back on this week, every year, to celebrate our ‘meeting anniversary’ with Ace, and anyone else who might follow in his footsteps!!

Stuck for days out ideas? Check out WikiPlaces for Kids, where you can also read more reviews from yours truly.

Sian x

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