Odds Farm Park is a popular destination for families in Bucks, Berks, NW London and likely beyond. It combines farm animals, extensive indoor and outdoor play options and other attractions to make for a full trip out.
This review is based on our second visit, made on Halloween, which happened to be the warmest on record. As it was school holidays we arrived shortly after opening at 10am to get a head start before the crowds arrived, although at no point did it feel too busy.
There’s a large soft play barn dominated by climbing frames and a variety of slides for older children and a scaled down under 5s area, which 21 month old Tilly enjoyed. The under 5s area is a two level climbing area with slide, one half being accessible for the younger ones and the other half offering challenges for older pre-schoolers. There are also a couple of areas with air blowers that make balls hover, although only one was working properly during our visit.
Tilly loved bouncing around the soft play and clearly gained confidence in getting over the obstacles as she played there.
Petting and feeding the animals is a great draw of course and there are a range of animals to be found both inside the barn and outside (subject to the season). Sheep, poultry and a few pigs were inside during our visit with most of the pigs, plus goats and cows located outside.
Animal activities are scheduled in throughout the day. We made a point of seeing the sheep racing, which saw sheep run and leap around a circuit.
Tilly enjoyed spotted the animals outside and identifying the mummy, daddy or babies, which is a favourite activity at present.
There’s loads to keep children occupied across the site with several playgrounds, an adventure maze, ride on vehicles and crazy golf. Tilly spent much of her time at the large sand play area, the under 5s log playground and the swings.
A variety of additional entertainment and activities is often on offer, especially during school holidays, such as a circus and entertainers. During our visit, pumpkin carving was on offer.
There’s a cafeteria in the indoor barn serving hot and cold food. For babies and toddlers there are helpful food packets of popular snacks such as apple and carrot, while lunch boxes are available for older children.
Odds Farm Park positions its ticket prices between smaller attractions and the big parks. It’s worth noting that it doesn’t offer family tickets and children pay from two years old, which is younger than elsewhere.
I compared the price of our visit to Odds Farm Park with going to Whipsnade, which we’d also been considering. For our group of two adults, two over 65s and an under two, Odds Farm Park cost £48 compared with around £80 to Whipsnade.
A family of two adults with two children would be charged £48 at Odds Farm Park compared with £66 at Whipsnade with their family ticket. Look at annual membership and a family of two adults and a child cost about the same at both with Whipsnade the cheaper option for larger families; its family membership ticket including up to 5 children.
Judging by online comments, the lack of a family ticket is the one sore point with visitors especially with larger families as the cost quickly mounts.
Food is always a significant cost at attractions. A combination of hot and cold food for four adults came to £27. However there are loads of picnic benches at the farm and lunch boxes were clearly a popular money saving option.
Even at 21 months, Tilly enjoyed a good half-day at Odds Farm Park with an enormous amount on offer to keep her entertained and busy. This didn’t feel like too bad value for the group but more regular trips when she’s over two may get pricey and the lack of a family discount may discourage more frequent visits in the future.