Our children are on Half Term this week. A lot of places have their Halloween activities next week as the schools aren’t all off at the same time this year.
We have been to Godstone Farm Halloween activities for a few years. I had wondered if the children would still want to go now they are older but I gave them a few options and this is where they chose to go.
We checked the weather forecast and booked our tickets the day before as this is slightly cheaper. I was also able to pre-order animal food to collect when we arrived. When we got up the weather forecast had changed and it was raining all morning, standard for a day out for us.
We arrived at Godstone as they were opening at 10am. We were prepared for the rain and it worked in our favour as we had parts of the farm to ourselves. There are also plenty of areas under cover, an indoor play barn, a covered sand pit area, and covered activities so the rain wasn’t too much of a problem.
We were the first people to visit the new light illusion tunnel. We all really enjoyed this. We were given special glasses to use as we walked through. If you have seen the Christmas lights glasses before they work in the same way, when you look at lights whilst wearing them you see lots of 3d Halloween shapes. The first part of the tunnel had lit up Halloween displays. The second part had ultra violet paint and lit everyone up. This was a lovely addition to the usual Halloween activities on offer.
Next we went to the animal handling station. The children were able to meet a quail, hold a rabbit and for the very brave hold a cockroach.
One of the Highlights of the day was the spooky tractor ride. We purchased tickets in the playbarn in advance and were able to choose our time slot. The tractor then took us around the animals and through the Dino trail which had been decorated with lots of spooky scarecrows and props. We were then able to take a walk through the Dino trail to get a closer look later in the day. This was a particular favourite of my 13 year old who enjoyed the palaeontology facts displayed.
We managed to squeeze in a visit to the craft hut before lunch to make a spider crown. The boys didn’t object and made some to gift to their younger cousins. This activity is free of charge.
At 2pm we took part in the pumpkin carving. Tickets are £3.50 each and have to be purchased from the gift shop. The children were able to take a wheel barrow and choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch themselves and then took them back to their table to carve using the tools provided. These made lovely souvenirs of our day.
We just had time to squeeze in a few photos at the various photo spots around the farm on our way back to the car.
There were other activities that we didn’t manage to fit in and if you visit on 31st October or 1st November there will be a child friendly firework display.
If you are looking for a Halloween themed day out during half term it is well worth a visit and there was still plenty of things to keep the older kids entertained as well as younger children.
For more information visit the Godstone Farm Website https://godstonefarm.co.uk/news/events