I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published May 14th 2013
A great day out for all the family
If you're looking for a great family day out then I can highly recommend Roves Farm. It's a fully functional large working farm just north east of Swindon so it's less than an hours drive from Oxford. There's more than enough to fill a whole day. In fact, I had such a great time with my kids the first time we went that we were back again a few weeks later to take part in everything else they had on offer.
With the unpredictable weather, one of the greatest appeals is that there are lots of activities to do both inside and out and children of all ages are well catered for which is ideal if you have a mixed group.
There are lots of lovely animals to see
There are lots of different animals on the farm and informative boards to learn more about them. Shaggy Highland cows with long horns, donkeys, pigs, a llama and the odd chicken wandering around are just a few of the animals you can see. Feeding the animals was one of the most fun activities that my toddler enjoyed. You have the chance to feed the very lovable goats three times a day. From February to May they can also bottle feed the baby goats and any orphan lambs. The children all sit on little seats and are given a bottle to hold themselves and then a hungry youngster. There is also a pets corner with regular opportunities to hold and stroke very gentle guinea pigs and floppy ear rabbits.
Bottle feeding a kid (baby goat)
Plenty of indoor activities if it rains or gets a little cold outside.
If you have pre schoolers there are lots of activities for them to take part in. There's a great soft play area with a slide and squishy shapes. It's surrounded by a low fence so you don't have to worry about them crawling off. There's also an indoor sandpit, ball pit, bouncy castle and lots of great ride on tractors. Weekdays, during term time they also have a craft table set up.
Space for tractor races.
Older kids are not forgotten either. In one of the barns they have a large soft play area with huge orange slide, ball pit and lots of opportunities to climb. There's also a 3D bale stack so don't forget to bring a torch or buy a glow stick from the farm shop to guide your way around.
Explore the 3D bale stack with a torch or glow stick.
The tractor ride is included in the admission.
As well as seeing the animals outside, there are lots of other activities too. Hop on board the tractor trailer for a ride around the farm (no additional cost), make a den or follow a trail on one of the walks. Dogs are welcome too as long as they are on a lead.
There's also an outdoor play park with climbing frame, slides, swings and covered sandpit. The sandpit has buckets and spades so you can relax on a picnic bench while your kids have fun.
You can bring a picnic or choose something tasty from the cafe. There are simple ham or cheese sandwiches made just as kids like them and plenty of tasty options for adults too. I enjoyed a sausage sandwich to fuel me for the day and also homemade soup at lunchtime followed by big wedge of cake. There are jugs of tap water set out to help yourself to and a microwave if you need to heat up baby food. There are also plenty of highchairs, tables and comfortable armchairs to relax in.
If you're looking for a day out that the whole family will enjoy then Roves Farm is a must and you don't need to worry about the weather. Check out their website for an action packed range of additional seasonal activities.