We have visited Staunton ornamental farm a few times this summer with every visit being an enjoyable one from start to finish. Arriving soon after it opens, gives you plenty of time to see and experience what the farm has to offer. The highlight being feeding the animals! The earlier you arrive, the more animal food that will be available. Listen for a bell ringing in the courtyard, which means an animal encounter begins in 5 minutes. This can be anything from grooming the shire horse to handling the rabbits and guinea pigs in pets corner.
If the weather is fine, there is plenty of space for picnics outside, however only food bought from the lovely tea room is allowed to be eaten inside. There is no undercover picnic area for families at the farm - watch this space I’m told, there may be soon, along with a soft indoor play area! The outside play area caters for younger and older children and great fun was had by all!
The charming walled garden with flowers and vegetables was absolutely beautiful and so too was the sensory garden and jubilee maze, which sent the children going round and round for ages! The tropical glasshouse, containing plants, huge water lilies and insects is well worth a visit. Listen for the buzzing beehives in the garden!
If time allows, walk over the road from the farm to Staunton Country Park; a scenic area of beauty with a lake, walking trails and Victorian coach house.
All in all, Staunton Country Park and Farm ticks every box for an excellent day out. The addition of more information boards about the animals would be helpful. The animals were friendly and eager to feed from little hands and the experience of meeting some animals face to face in the paddock was exciting for the children. A delightful farm to visit time and time again!
- Lewis: Everything was brilliant, especially the paddock area, the jubilee maze and finding some fresh chicken eggs in the bushes which we were allowed to take home!
- Oliver: I loved everything, especially the chickens and brushing the shire horse.
- Harriet: I liked feeding and stroking the animals and running around in the maze.