Thursday 5 April 2018

Baby animals at Becketts Farm

Today, I took Ethan to visit Becketts Farm - in Wythall, south of Birmingham City Centre - as they have a marquee for the Easter holidays full of farm animals, including baby chicks, lambs and goats. What better way to spend a morning or afternoon this half term?

I have passed Becketts Farm Shop and Restaurant a few times but had never been. I saw they were offering the chance to meet new additions to their farm animal family for just £1 entry per person (under 1's free) and knew this was something to add to the list for our Easter activities.

Ethan is a big animal lover, as am I, and the price made it even more of a no-brainer. Easter holidays can be expensive, so it's worth checking out special deals in the area (like restaurants that offer free meals for kids, or for just £1 like in the case of Frankie and Benny's, where we went yesterday). It can all add up if you don't have an offer, forget the picnic and pay on the gate prices for attractions, so the idea of something simple, fun and just £1 each is well worth taking Becketts Farm up on.

The sun was shining when we arrived and the car park was already getting busy, even though the Easter marquee had only been open for around 15 minutes when we got there.

Inside, there were different animal pens, with pygmy goats, sheep and lambs, miniature donkeys, chickens and newborn chicks (including eggs ready to hatch) and a few other birds to walk around.

The marquee is very free-flow and you can gently stroke the animals. It is all so well thought out, with plenty of space between each area and a big sink area that is well stocked so everyone can wash their hands and then use antibacterial hand gel before leaving (pregnant women need to be particularly cautious around sheep, but Becketts has several clear signs up to provide advice).

In addition, every child has a paper egg to colour in when they arrive, so the colouring station (again, well stocked with pens) was pretty popular and Ethan kept returning to add another doodle of another animal he had met. The only thing he didn't want to try was the cow milking simulation station!

There were a couple of other Easter crafts - making a picture with coloured sand, for £4 - but Ethan was too busy saying hello to the baby chicks and cooing over the little goats.

He is quite speedy and whilst he enjoys visiting places like this, he does go at a pace so we were only there for half an hour. It's not a huge event by any means but it is very well put together, with enough animals to see to make it interesting and the crafts were a nice addition.

I can't stress how well this event has been done and the cleanliness and presentation of the marquee, and the organisation and information about the event, make a trip to Becketts Farm something well worth doing this Easter (on until 15th April).

When you add in the fab farm shop, and the restaurant, you can really make more of your visit too.

* This is not a sponsored post - just a fab find I wanted to share!


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