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Published July 1st 2017
Cow-themed family fun
If you go down to THIS farm today, you're in for a big surprise. A swift ten-mile drive from Bath leads to the Somerset village of Farrington Gurney, and paradise for young families. With indoor and outdoor activities, food, drink and spotless comfort facilities, it is everything the discerning family wants or needs for a few hours quality entertainment. The focal point is the 'Cowtastic Cowbarn': a spacious 51 adventurer capacity playzone in a cavernous barn. For a reasonable entry fee, little ones can launch themselves into a labyrinth of tunnels, slides, bridges and ball pools. Parents are well catered for with picnic tables placed throughout the barn, and food and drink aplenty, all prepared and cooked on site.
A massive draw to this attraction is the wonderfully friendly and attentive staff. The cow-logo'd ladies and gentlemen of the cowbarn are wonderful and supervise the facilities with genuine care. The food and drink there is lovely, and the many staff members on site ensure that the service is swift and efficient. What I especially like about this place is that there is play equipment provided for all ages of child, from toddlers to the up to twelves. There are safe and sheltered areas for the youngest of visitors and their parents and more adventurous and ambitious areas for the older adventurers. The whole place is extremely well thought out.
So far we've only covered inside. Outside provides a whole new raft of experiences. With an adventure playground, animals to visit, an exhilarating 'trailer ride' and feeding station to enjoy, there is a lot on offer. With its self-contained and spacious site, there is a real sense of being able to kick back and relax here. Of all the activities, my four-year-old (and my wife) seemed to enjoy the 'trailer ride' most, which consists of a tractor-pulled trip around a large field. Taking in the farm's animals and the local church, it is a bumpy but exciting experience, seated underneath a canopy decorated with bunting.
I thoroughly recommend the cowbarn as the place to go, but it would be remiss of me not to describe the many, many other activities and experiences on offer at this place. The site is built around a large square full of shops and kiosks offering everything from pre-loved but up-cycled home decor to ice cream. A wander around for an hour or so is well worth it. If visiting around the Christmas season, the place transforms into a festive market, which is even more special.