My Dad recently took me and Jessie to Mrs Dowson’s Farm Park (located along the A59, about 25 minutes away from Blackpool), which is somewhere I’d never actually heard of before, and I’m so glad we did because we will most definitely be visiting again!
This real working farm is perfect for toddlers who love animals as there are lots of opportunities to get hands on (which unfortunately we didn’t make the most of – hence the reason I shall definitely be returning again!)
Read on for a full review of our day out… ☺️
As you can see from the timetable below, there’s various activities you can take part in and you can even feed the lambs! Luckily we were there at the right time and Jessie got to hold the baby chicks which she absolutely loved! They had tiny baby rabbits too and oh my goodness they were soooo cute!
On arrival, there is plenty of free parking and you pay for your entry in the cafe. It is £4.95 per person and under 2s go free!
When you have paid you get a wristband to wear, which Jessie being 2 and a half was absolutely delighted with.
We didn’t purchase any food on this occasion but the cafe was modern and clean with plenty of space to sit and look out on the farm as you eat. Plus they are famous for their ice cream which I have tried previously and have to say it is totally scrumptious! 😋
Side note: The toilets were well maintained and clean, with nappy changing facilities. 👌🏻
The first thing which caught Jessie’s attention (was not of course the animals!) were these cute little tractors on the grass as you walk in. Thank goodness Grandad was on hand to push her around! They were perfect for toddlers and there was also a little play house and slide, again suitable for toddlers, but would not have been suitable for children over about 4.
We followed the trail around the farm (not really pram friendly, if you were wondering) which would probably only take you about 30 minutes, but of course with Jessie stopping to talk and sing to each animal it took us a good hour. The animals all seemed really friendly and well looked after; they all had plenty of space which I was pleased about too. 👍🏻
Jessie fell in love with the little baby piglets (as did I!) and she spent ages stroking them and chatting to them through the fence. She was a bit confused as to why Mummy and Daddy pig kept rolling in the mud though! 🐷
At this point, Jessie was singing ‘Baa baa black sheep’… so cute! 💖
It looks as though they are in the process of extending the visitors area of the farm and I’m excited to see what they have planned. They had a few little huts like this with various bits of information in and stamps to collect which would be great for older children.
This particular hut overlooked a large pond area and Jessie enjoyed looking through the binoculars… even when they still the had the caps over the lenses 🙈🤣
I’m sure you can imagine Jessie’s excitement when she found this ‘tent’…! 🤣
This was the ‘discover big barn’ experience, which I have to say was quite busy and a bit chaotic, but definitely worth it. Everyone got the chance to hold and stroke the baby chicks, baby rabbits and guinea pigs – I’m not sure who loved it more, me or Jessie!
At the end of our walk round the farm, there was this lovely sandpit area and a large climbing frame for older children. There were lots of picnic benches too if you’re organised and have brought some food along with you!
So if you have a little one who loves animals like Jessie then I can highly recommend Mrs Dowson’s for a day out – let me know if you enjoy it as much as we did! And if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or message me on Facebook/Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer!
Please note that the farm is only open for visitors on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from spring until autumn, 10.30am to 5pm (We didn’t do our research and tried to visit on a Monday before the school holidays… but luckily ended up having a lovely time at Potters Barn instead 💛)
I also made a little video of our day which you can check out here 😁
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