As another school holiday looms, we’re probably all wondering how we’re going to entertain the kids. Again. So I was glad to discover somewhere new to go. Kent Life Heritage Farm Park in Maidstone, Kent. With its own oasthouse, granary and the most beautiful village hall I’ve seen, it’s more than just a farm.
The best thing about Kent Life is its charm and its size. Although once you start exploring, it’s bigger than it first appears, each part is compact so you feel really safe letting your kids play.
The playground alone is brilliant and kept our three occupied for hours, with it’s climbing frames, rope swing, bouncy castle and indoor soft play area (all included in the admission price). Around the perimeter of the site are cows, pigs, horses, sheep, goats and Cuddle Corner, where your children can hold rabbits, guinea pigs and roosters. All of the staff are friendly and can’t do enough for you. They also put on games such as tug of war in the main playground area. And we loved the (free) tractor rides!
Kent Life holds lots of special events, which are well worth checking out; we saw Peppa Pig, the highlight of our year. Well, it was going to be until my Peppa Pig obsessed toddler lost his nerve a bit and I turned out to be the most excited at meeting his childhood heroine. He did come round, in the end.
There’s donkey rides, clay model decorating and face painting at a small additional cost. My 6 year old painted a squirrel and had her face painted as Spongebob Squarepants and even though both ended in tears, literally (she dropped the squirrel when we got home and his head fell off, which brought on the floods of tears and resulted in poor Spongebob’s demise), they did make her very happy at the time.
Despite being busy yesterday, there was still plenty of room for everyone with enough picnic tables for us to enjoy our own food, but you could always check out the lovely Dotty’s Tea Room if you’re at that point in the school holidays where you’re sick of sausage rolls. Tea and coffee are also available in the soft play barn (they didn’t take cards in the barn, however, so make sure you take enough cash).
There’s so much to occupy the age range in our family (1-7 years), without constantly worrying about where everyone is, what they’re doing or who they’re terrorising.
Meaning you might just get 5 minutes to enjoy a HOT coffee.
Now that’s worth a visit in itself, right?
This was our second trip to Kent Life and it’s definitely made it onto our top 10 list of places to go. Check out Kent Life for more information, prices and opening times. They also do birthday parties!
Thank you to Kent Life for inviting us for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.