The Bank Holiday was the perfect time to dust off the National Trust membership. This time we took Tinki to the Wimpole estate it was fantastic we’d highly recommend it. Farm animals, two great play areas, a tractor ride, costumes to dress up in and ice-creams what more could you ask for.
Arriving at the estate you can walk the 10 mins to the Home Farm or you can wait and catch the free tractor ride which Tinki found massively exciting and loved waving at all the passers-by. Once you’re at the farm area there is more than enough to keep you busy the team provide a whole days’ worth of activities from watching the pigs be feed (you’ve never heard a noise like it), to meeting bunnies and the impressive shire horses. You can practice milking cows and we found the bee hive completely fascinating.
The highlight for Tinki though without a doubt were the two great play areas. The first smaller section has pig sties to climb in and a slide and hay bales to climb on. There were also pedal tractors to ride on, and impressively there were plenty for all despite the area being really busy due to the Bank Holiday, this is near the farm picnic area and café which means parents can sit and relax while the little ones let off some steam. Although the only downside is the café only serves hot food between 11.30- 2.30 and gets really busy.
The bigger adventure playground is aimed at the over fives (although lots of littler Tinki’s were exploring) has everything swings, slides, climbing frames, balance beams, den building, monkey bars and even a chicken coop!
There’s lots to explore at Wimpole we didn’t get to time to see the gardens visit the mansion house or take part in all the animal activities on offer. I really think its great value with adults costing at £11 to visit the farm area and children costing £5.50 under, 5’s go free making it nearly £10 cheaper than Mead Open Farm for a peak time visit for us as a family.
The Estate is in Royston, Cambridgshire and only takes just over an hour to get to from Milton Keynes.