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Reddish Vale Animal Farm, Stockport

Reddish Vale Animal Farm, Stockport

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Tucked away down a country lane in Reddish, South Manchester is Reddish Vale Farm. The small animal farm is attached to a Riding School which also does birthday parties and whilst it doesn’t look like much when you pull up outside, it kept our gang of kids (ranging from 2 months to 6) happily entertained for quite a few hours.

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When we arrived one Saturday afternoon about 2pm it was quite busy and we had to queue to get in.  It didn’t cost too much to get in £4 for adults, £3 for children and Under 3’s are free; but the real stroke of genius for me, was that for 50p you could buy a bucket full to the brim with animal feed.  Whilst my girls (and the animals) really didn’t need a bucket each, we are talking about threenagers so we duly purchased 3 buckets, so they could ‘all have their own’. At 50p a bucket it clearly didn’t matter too much and I was very grateful to the farm for that.

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As we went into the farm, my three squealed with excitement.  There were little animals all over the courtyard of the farm and all the children already there were feeding them. It isn’t a huge area but the animals all come to the fences to be fed and the little goat who was wandering around was really friendly and very happy to be fed by anyone with a bucket of feed.  The size of the courtyard is also reassuring as the little ones could wander about with no fear of getting lost.

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Aside from the pigs, cows, goats and sheep that were in the outside courtyard there was also smaller animals in the barns which could be held and stroked (a little too hard I thought!).

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Once all the feed had been eaten or spilt the kids moved onto the playground and mini indoor soft play.  The farm has the usual selection of drinks and cakes in its café and we used this as an opportunity to keep the kids going a bit longer so we could go for a walk down by the lake.  In retrospect this wasn’t a great plan as whilst no-one fell in they certainly gave us cause for concern at times!

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The downside for us what that it seemed to close quite early and they could do with more toilets as this was very nearly an issue with a just toilet trained toddler – there is only one of each, but overall it was a lovely afternoon out in the fresh air and a great place for the kids to run around.

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Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

Sunday 22nd of March 2015

We keep meaning to go here, we'll definitely have to go in the school holidays it looks fab :)

Jenna

Saturday 4th of October 2014

I love, love, LOVE the photos. Looks like such a fun place to visit and such a cheap day out too. It's not often you can go anywhere with kids without it costing the earth. Wish I lived closer!

Thanks for linking up with our #HappyDaysLinky - hope so see you again next week.

Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

Mini Travellers

Sunday 5th of October 2014

You are very welcome Jenna. You will definitely see us again.

amy

Saturday 4th of October 2014

looks like you had a lovely day great pics!

Mini Travellers

Sunday 5th of October 2014

thanks Amy

Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

Saturday 4th of October 2014

This looks like such a great place! Glad you all had such a good time.

Mini Travellers

Sunday 5th of October 2014

Such a good place

Katy {What Katy Said}

Saturday 4th of October 2014

I love it when you can have a whole day of fun for barely any cost. SO many places are overpriced these days! Looks like you had a lovely day! Thank you for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky. Hope to see you again next week! x

Mini Travellers

Sunday 5th of October 2014

You will definitely see us again, thanks

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