West Lodge Rural Centre in Kettering, Northamptonshire is one of our favourite family days out in the East Midlands. There’s so much going on for all ages. Not only is it a lovely little farm park with plenty of animals, but there’s also an outdoor play area, indoor play barn, café, woodland walk and plenty of activities going on daily.
When you pay your entry fee, you’ll be given a timetable with the different activities going on that day. There’s always something to do including petting the small animals, barrel rides and even piglet racing! Some of these such as pony rides have an additional cost.
In the main farm area you’ll find all the usual animals – sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits etc. You can buy bags of animal feed in the gift shop.
There’s a large outdoor play area in the centre with a sandpit, climbing frames, swings and pedal tractors. I love the outdoor play area, the climbing frame is designed to look like a castle and my little boy loves to explore it.
If the weather isn’t great check out the fantastic indoor play barn which has plenty of seating and a café so you can relax with a cuppa while your little ones play.
If you want a proper meal, there is also a separate restaurant next to the outdoor play area. The food is nice but be warned, it does get VERY busy at weekends/school holidays. If you fancy taking a picnic there’s plenty of places to sit and eat outside.
Woodland Walk With Fairies And Witches
If you want something a bit different, head out of the main farm area into the woods. There are 3 1/2 miles of nature trails to follow – you don’t have to do it all in one go though! There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way. There’s also a fairy dell full of fairy doors hidden amongst the trees. Follow them to the end of the trail to find the witches house! At the other end of the site is one of Ollie’s favourite discoveries – the troll bridge, complete with pop-up trolls!
Seasonal Activities At West Lodge
One of the things I love about West Lodge Farm Park is their seasonal activities. In the spring you can feed the lambs. At Halloween you can go on a ghost walk or pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. You can take your pumpkin home, or pay for it to be carved for you. Get your little one to draw a design on the front, leave it with the staff to carve while you explore the park and collect it at the end!
In November there’s a bonfire party (no fireworks as they scare the animals).
Christmas at West Lodge Rural Centre is a wonderful experience. The farm is decorated and you’ll make your own reindeer food and Christmas card before visiting Father Christmas in his grotto and receiving a gift. If you want to visit make sure you book your tickets well in advance as it is SO popular. Entry to the main park is included in the ticket price so you can make it a proper day out. This year they’re also running sensory friendly sessions for children with additional needs.
When To Visit West Lodge Rural Centre
We love to visit the West Lodge farm park all year round as there’s always something to do. However, Christmas at West Lodge and Halloween are probably my favourite.
They have some fab seasonal activities on, but be warned school holidays get VERY busy! If you can visit mid-week during term time you’ll save a lot of money on entry and find it much quieter!
If you’re looking for more great family days out in the East Midlands, check out my round up with reviews and recommendations from fellow parenting bloggers!