THEY SAY: Kid-focused farm with animals to feed, tractor and trailer rides and indoor and outdoor play areas.
WE SAY: Great family day out. Outdoors and indoors. If we lived closer I’d get a season pass.
I ADMIT I was slightly nervous as my eight-year-old nephew flew through the sky like a superhero when we visited Rand Farm Park. (I couldn’t imagine how I would it to my sister if he ended up with a broken leg!
But as soon as he saw the Sky Rider, he had his harness on quicker than you could ask “Do you want a go?” so I didn’t really have a choice about letting him on or not. He loved gliding through the air on the first attraction of its kind in the UK and I breathed a sign of relief, until my six-year-old niece decided she wanted a go too.
Anyone taller than 1.2m can have a go and it’s included in the price of entry. Let’s hope it stays that way, too!
As the title suggests, Rand Farm Park is a farm, but also has plenty of other attractions, including adventure playgrounds, water wars, summertime sledge racing, go karts and huge inflatable pillows to bounce on.
There was so much to do my two children and niece and nephew were literally running from one thing to the next all day.
We also got a chance to try archery for the first time, which was great fun, but it is definitely more difficult than it looks.
There’s also indoor play if the weather isn’t so nice, but luckily we visited on a hot day so spent the entire day outside.
The farm is impressive. It’s not just a few cows and sheep, there’s a full farm and most of the animals live in cosy, covered pens, ensuring you can still meet them at any time of the year.
There are also lots of animals outside in the paddocks, including alpacas, donkeys, goats, sheep and cows.
We visited in the school holidays when there’s a full animal activity programme, so the children got to hold rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks and feed the lambs and calves with milk bottles. We then saw a full milking demonstration in the diary, which takes place every day at 1pm.
There’s also a chick hatchery, where you can see all stages of the lifecycle, from egg to chick. My four-year-old son particularly liked walking the length of the room seeing in each cage how they grow. I didn’t point out what happens to the ones in the last cage!
TIP: There are plenty of picnic areas and even an indoor area where you can eat your own food, so you don’t have to spend a fortune when you get there.
We had a fab day out and it’s easy to see why the farm has won so many awards for being a great attraction. Click here for the park map.
The farm is also unique in that it also offers farm-stay holidays for schools and groups, with a purpose-built dormitory.
TIP: The farm is suitable for anyone who is disabled and all areas have easy access with wide aisles and ramps.
If you live close enough you can also host your childs birthday party at the farm. Packages start from £12.95 per Child and each birthday party lasts 2 ½ hours. Plus, you can stay and play at Rand Farm Park after your party. Click here for details.
- Reviewed August 2015
Need to know…
LOCATION: Rand, Lincoln, LN8 5NJ
OPEN: All-year-round. Peak season: seven days per week. From 10am to 5pm.
PRICES: Under-twos free. Anyone over two £8.95 online or £9.95 at the gate. Family ticket: £32.50 online or £37.50 on the gate.
CALL: 01673 858904