Wimpole Hall and Home Farm are a firm favourite in my family. We’ve been visiting for a couple of years now and used to go so often that we invested in National Trust membership too – especially since farm entry was included in the price.
Now with two sprogs in tow – and a little one who LOVES her day time sleeps – we visit less often. A trip there today though reminded me how fantastic it is so I decided to share the highlights of our day…
There are beautiful grounds to explore as well as Wimpole Hall itself, however, I confess that we rarely have time to go beyond the gardens and Home Farm, as well as the various eateries of course! From the car park it’s about a 15 minute toddler paced amble to the farm. Today, however, we caught the free tractor ride instead (running all day until 4.30pm) – saving my daughter’s little legs and giving a great view of the fields too!
First stop was a caffeine hit at the Farm Cafe for a delicious coffee (along with an irresistible homemade sausage roll). Ready for the day, we headed straight out into the play area complete with hay bales to climb, mini tractors to pedal and mini play area too.
Seeking more ways to wear out my toddler, we then wandered to the Adventure Playground nestled in the woods. Although suitable for over 5s, there was plenty for my pretty brave (almost) three year old to do without sending me into a blind panic.
Via the beautiful gardens currently in full autumn glow, we headed to actually see some of the farm residents! We said hello to the pigs and piglets, Shetland ponies, bees, cows and a calf, chickens and rabbits.
As usual in holiday periods, Home Farm also had Pumpkin Carving on offer (pay in cash from £2.00 depending on pumpkin size).
By this time tummies were rumbling so we headed to the Old Rectory restaurant for some tasty grub. It was busy as usual but we managed to grab a table for the six of us and there were plenty of high chairs on offer. The queue for food wasn’t short but the food looked well worth the wait!
Children’s lunchboxes are available with a reasonable selection of food on offer for under £4.00 each. We got children’s portions of sausages and mash (to stop them pinching mine). All meat comes from the rare breed animals on the farm and is always fantastic, if you can forget how cute they were anyway…
Tired and stuffed we mooched around the shop (unable to resist the salted caramel fudge for sale) and were on our way! We never tire of this place – beautiful grounds and buildings with a fantastic working farm to explore. We will certainly be visiting again soon…
Info and top tips
- Wimpole Hall and Home Farm are open all year round, although Winter opening days are restricted.
- If you’re planning a day out, get there early to park in the main car park if you can. There is an overflow car park but I’ve seen lots of cars get a bit stuck so if you park there, do so sensibly.
- If it has been raining, wellies are a MUST as it can get muddy really quickly!
- Hot and cold food is available at the Old Rectory restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s very tasty although not super cheap.
- A more limited food offering is available at the Farm Cafe (including amazing sausage rolls!) also with indoor and outdoor seating. There are also light refreshments in the courtyard by the ticket office but no indoor seating.
For more information including opening hours and prices, visit Wimpole Hall’s website.