29 May 2017

Manor Farm East Leake Review

My love for Manor Farm goes back many years, back to my own childhood when I would make visits there at weekends and during school holidays, living in the same village and just a short walk to the farm itself. When I was pregnant, one of the things I was most excited about, was being able to share some of my favourite childhood experiences with my own baby. Show them all the things I love, take them to my favourite places, fill them up with experiences. Manor Farm was one of those places I couldn't wait to take Willow, and she absolutely loved it!

Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review
Manor Farm East Leake Review

Set in the picturesque Countryside village of East Leake, Manor Farm is very easy to get to from Nottingham, Leicester or Derby. It offers both indoor and outdoor activities, set on a beautiful farm; whereas some farm parks I have been to are all squashed together and the animals grouped into small spaces for maximum interaction, Manor Farm is spread out, so animals have all the space they need to roam around. As well as a farm park, Manor Farm is a donkey sanctuary and also offers sanctuary to many animals who are unable to live in wild anymore, such as foxes, small animals and owls and eagles, which find their home in Hoots Hollows.

It's home to a herd of 8 donkeys, lots of mischevious goats, ponies, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese, rabbits and guinea pigs, cows, reptiles, parrots, peacocks and peahens, tortoises, llamas, sheep, a fox and over 40 owls. Some of the animals you can get quite close to, even getting to hold a few in the main animal barn, which is a great way for little ones to learn more about the animals. Everything at Manor Farm is really relaxed, so it's a lovely environment for them to be having up-close and personal encounters with such lovely creatures who are all very relaxed and content in their environment.

Hoots Hollows is by far one of my favourite aspects of Manor Farm and somewhere I always head back to several times throughout a visit. Home to over 40 rescued owls, who unfortunately cannot survive in the wild anymore, each of the owls has its own spacious enclosure and there's even an opportunity to hold some of the owls for a small £1 donation. It's a great way to teach our littles all about owls, the different species, where in the world they originate from, and all the little details that differentiate one owl from another.

What stands out for me when it comes to Manor Farm, is the beautiful setting. This isn't just a farm park where everything is grouped together in one main area; there are tonnes to explore including woodlands, a lake, a nature trail and a traditional wildflower meadow, managed with the help of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. There are great big areas of beautiful British countryside just waiting to be explored and played in, a wonderful way to help your child learn about all the insects, birds, plants, trees and wildlife we are lucky to have here in the UK. Quite simply, Manor Farm is set in the most beautiful area that is a lovely relaxing retreat.

There's more than just animals to see and nature to explore at Manor Farm, with several play areas both outdoors and indoors. The biggest and most popular is the heated indoor Play Barn which has a pirate ship you can climb aboard and steer, with a climbing wall and a spooky castle with secret rooms to explore. There's also a ball area for playing football, an indoor race track for pedal karts and pedal tractors, and a soft play area for the younger ones.

Outdoors there are a few different play areas. One can be found at the bottom of Manor Farm, through the nature trail, and includes a fort and tower for climbing, a play train and waggon, climbing frames, swings, tyre games, balance wires and mazes made from Willow. There's also an outdoor playground perfect for toddlers and younger children, with smaller climbing equipment, toys, cars and play houses and everything in-between.

One of the highlights of a visit to Manor Farm is the bedtime, where you can watch all the animals being put to bed and even feed the llamas, which is just such a fun experience for little ones! There's also the chance to have a donkey ride throughout the day, in a lovely little paddock.

Food wise you can take a picnic with you, with several picnic areas scattered all around Manor Farm, with a cafe situated right at the front of the farm park as you go in, selling hot and cold drinks and snacks such as crisps, chocolates and cakes. In the Play Barn, there is a Gallery Tea Bar, which serves hot and cold drinks, food, snacks and cakes. They also do fab packed lunches, if you forget your little ones pack up like I did, that are really good value for money (although, they do have a lot of sweet and savoury treats in them).

A wonderful fun-packed day out for all the family, Manor Farm is a firm favourite for us and somewhere we will be revisiting as often as possible! For more information, please visit www.manorfarm.info.

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  1. I love that farms now have interactive things for kids to do instead of when we were little and just walking round looking at animals bottoms half the time! Ours love going on the nature trails and we have a tractor ride too which is always good to keep them occupied!

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    1. Haha yes! Manor Farm does a milk float ride I think, takes you from one end of the farm to the other :) xo

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  2. Looks like you had a fab time, my 3yr old twins love going to the farm x

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    1. It's so much fun for all ages, isn't it? xo

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  3. Manor Farm looks awesome. I think I know where I'm bringing the boys next time :-) x

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    1. I hope you'll have the best time Leyla, I'm sure they'll love it! xo

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