Mini Meadows Farm is our lovely children’s farm park set in 12 acres of rolling countryside on the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire border.
Come and meet our cute, not quite so cute, large and small farm animals. Learn what they eat using our colour-coded feed buckets, stroke the guinea pigs and rabbits, and if you’re lucky you may even see a chick hatching!
Go exploring on our reservoir walk, build sandcastles in our huge indoor sandpit, and have fun on our fantastic indoor and outdoor wooden play areas.
Our cafe’s coffee, homemade cakes and light lunches are delicious, and we also have picnic areas and lots of space to run off some energy. It’s a great value day out for adults and children alike, whatever the weather.
Take a look at our events page to see what’s coming up. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Summer forest school dates announced
Looking for something a little different to do with your little one this summer that gets you outdoors? Book on our summer forest school – a block of three forest school sesisons at Mini Meadows Farm on either Mondays (5th, 12th & 19th August) or Tuesdays (6th, 13th & 20th August). Tickets are now on sale and pre-booking is essential. See our events page for more details.
Forest school taster session tickets now on sale!
We’re running a forest school taster session on June 24th, aimed at 2-5yrs. Come along and see a different side to Mini Meadows Farm. Tickets now on sale, see our events page for more details.
New arrivals and bunnies for sale!
We’ve had some very beautiful new arrivals at the farm – tiny little baby goat kids and fluffy bunnies! They definitely have the cute factor. You can’t take the goat kids home, but you can buy some bunnies! We have baby bunnies for sale as well as a few older rabbits. Please ring 07824 393517 for more details.
Last chance for lamb bottle-feeding
Lamb bottle feeding at the farm will be coming to an end in April, so if you haven’t had a chance to get to us yet for this popular event, be sure to visit before the end of the month in order to bottle feed our lovely little lambs.
Easter Extravaganza and film tickets now on sale
We’re very eggcited about our upcoming Easter Extravaganza over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – packed full of hopping family fun. Check out our events page for more information.
Tickets now on sale for ‘Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea’
Make special memories this Mother’s Day and join us at Mini Meadows Farm for afternoon tea! Enjoy a delightful treat of homemade delicious sandwiches and yummy cakes, and why not make a full day of it and visit the farm park too. Tables for afternoon tea must be pre-booked in advance and are limited in number so be quick! Check out our events page for more information and to buy tickets.
Happy New Year to all of our lovely visitors! We’re getting ready to welcome some new additions to the farm in spring – cute little lambs sure to melt your heart. This is always a memory-making visit for the little ones as we run lamb bottle-feeding sessions throughout the day, every day, for about 6-8 weeks. Lamb bottle-feeding starts at the end of February. For more details, have a look at our events page.
Animals move indoors/undercover for winter
December is here and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! All of our animals have been moved either indoors or under cover during these winter months to make sure they’re nice and snuggly, which is good news for you too as you don’t even need to get your boots muddy when you come to meet them. We are closing for a few days over the festive period, but not for long – from 3pm on Christmas Eve, all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Normal opening hours from January 2nd 2019. Thank you for your support in 2018 – we really do appreciate it.
Christmas events at the farm
Now Halloween is over, we’re gearing up for Christmas at the farm. We’ve got lots planned, including ‘Story time and gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus’ for the little ones, and our ‘Winter Wonderland’ parties – games, a disco and snow! We will also be running are usual festive crafting and kids activities over two weekends (8th/9th and 15th/16th), when we will also have carol singers and a brass band.
Launching… the Mini Meadows Farm calendar 2019
We have produced a lovely 2019 calendar full of pictures of our Mini Meadows Farm animals, sure to make you smile! They are now available to buy from the farm at £5 each, but hurry, we only have a limited number. All proceeds will be going to VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) to help establish a small farm in Tanzania.
Treetops indoor play – reduced entry after 3pm
To make the most of The Treetops, we have a reduced entry price to the farm after 3pm (£2.50) – perfect for after school entertainment! The Treetops opened a year ago and is a huge hit with children of all ages. It includes climbing walls and rope bridges, huge slides, tunnels and funky lighting, and there’s even a separate area for toddlers – small enough for little legs but still just as fun. Click here to watch the video.
SUMMER FOREST SCHOOL
Monday 5th, 12th & 19th August (10.30 – 12.00)
Tuesday 6th, 13th, & 20th August (10.30 – 12.00)
Join us at Mini Meadows Farm during August for our three-week Summer Holiday Forest School. Let your imagination run with our activities based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar story – go on a food treasure hunt, help make the big bug hotel, go bug hunting and get crafty making a caterpillar or butterfly. Get creative with activities based on The Stick Man story – make stick people and animals, and even build little houses for them using what you can find around the farm! Other activities will include making pom poms, cloth printing, making small boats to race on the water, bubble wands, pebble painting and shadow drawing, plus of course getting messy with some squelchy mud.
Although the sessions are planned, they are child led and therefore subject to change as the children develop the activities themselves. It is strongly encouraged that adults join in with their children to get the most out of the sessions. All sessions will end with a snack for the children and a story either around the campfire or in our forest school bell tent.
The sessions start at 10.30am and will last approximately 1hr30m, suitable for children aged 2-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Under-twos are welcome to come along free of charge, but please note the activities will be aimed at pre-school children who will need their adult to join in with them.
Tickets are £30 per child (over two years) and £15 per adult (season ticket holder adults free), and includes all three sessions on your chosen day (either Mondays or Tuesdays), plus entry to the farm park and Treetops indoor play area on the days you are at the farm for Forest School.
The session will be run by a DBS checked qualified primary school teacher with level 3 forest school leader qualification and experience, current outdoor first aid, paediatric first aid and first aid at work certificates.
Pre-booking is essential – buy your tickets here!
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We have a whole programme of events lined up for the next year but for the next three months we have:
1. The launch of our new amazing indoor play area.
2. Freaky Farm Farm for Halloween (dates to be confirmed)
3. The BIG Christmas shop...wait and see
Our tractor racing circuit is in full swing for the next month, until the 20th September when the big build will start for our huge indoor play area. This is not going to be some awful plastic ball pit but an amazing chunky wooden structure with dens, climbing ropes and places to hide. Fingers crossed it will be open by the end of October.