Review of Matlock Farm Park

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During our recent stay at Rye Croft Cottage in the Peak District we were invited to review Matlock Farm Park, a family attraction set on top of hills about a 15 drive minutes from our cottage on the Chatsworth Estate.

Things to do at Matlock Farm Park

There are loads of things to see and do at Matlock Farm Park, both inside and outside, so no matter the weather you and you family will still be able to have a great day out. They operate on an entry fee admission which includes access to most things but they do also charge for some extra activities like animal feed, pony rides, mini golf and Go Karts.

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Included in your entry fee is admission to see the animals, access to the play parks, the UK’s biggest bouncy pillow and an indoor play area. In addition to this there is also a board that you can look at on your way in that has a list of activities taking place that day. This will change depending on when you visit with more activities being scheduled during peak times like weekends and school holidays. But regardless of when you visit there is enough to keep you entertained for hours.

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Our review of Matlock Farm Park

We have visited a number of farms over the years and love nothing better then putting on our wellies and meeting the animals and Matlock Farm was great for this as there are a number of interactive experiences that you can do. Firstly we got some animal feed which I would highly recommend you do as it definitely enhances the experience and we went from one pen to the next visiting all the animals and hand feeding the ones we could. Matlock have a variety of animals including alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys, all of which you can get a really good look at.

In between animal feeds we visited the play parks with our favourite being the The Enchanted Hamlet as it was best suited to all three children with both an outside climbing area and an undercover sand and water area.

As it was the half term holidays we were also able to join in with some additional activities at no extra cost. Our favourites being the meet and greet with the small animals where we got to stroke the rabbits ad guinea pigs.

And the wallabies meet and greet. This was something we hadn’t done before and really enjoyed. For this you are actually invited in to the wallaby enclosure where you can get as close to them as they will let you. There is also the opportunity to feed them too, although they didn’t seem keen on being hand fed when were there but it was fun watching them run around, grab some carrots and run off again.

As it was February half term the weather did turn for a little while which was fine as it gave us chance to explore the indoor play area, also known as The Rainforest, which was better than I was expecting with a full wooden climbing area and small drop slide for older children as well as a separate soft play area for the toddlers.

Overall there was loads to see and do and we had a wonderful trip and will definitely visit again when we are next in the area.

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