Peter Rabbit and his friends from the animated series on CBeebies have a brand new home at Willows Activity Farm, just off the M25 near St Albans. 3-year-old Tilly puts the new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground to the test and we find out what else is new down on the farm.
We first discovered Willows Activity Farm a year ago and have since become big fans. It’s by far the biggest of the play farms we’ve visited with masses of outdoor and indoor play areas, activities, rides and of course animals, and that’s before we even mention the farm’s latest resident. Needless to say, when the chance came to try out Willow’s newest playground we leapt at the chance.
The new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground
Since Easter, Willows has become the home of Peter Rabbit, based around his animated adventures on CBeebies. At the centre of this new look is the huge Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground. It certainly looks the part, with McGregor’s Garden, Mrs Tiggywinkle’s Kitchen and Peter’s Treehouse all looking like they’ve been taken straight from the animated series. Why not take a look at Tilly exploring some of the playground with our very first YouTube video:
There’s a wide range of activities and as you can see Tilly loved climbing, crawling, leaping, playing, music making and exploring her way around. All of the activities seemed accessible to a three-year-old.
The playground is split into several familiar areas, which fans of the TV show will recognise, such as Mr McGregor’s garden, here:
Plenty of the playground offers hands-on activities. Tilly really got stuck in with the vegetable plot shapes game in Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen:
There’s so much to do in the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground that we paid two visits and still didn’t cover it all. It gets a big thumbs up from us.
Around the farm
Beyond the playground, regular visitors to Willows will discover that the rest of the farm has also taken on a Peter Rabbit theme, such as the play shops, which Tilly adores:
There’s plenty to do indoors with the soft play being located next to the larger cafeteria. Tilly’s favourite is the rug slide:
On busier weekends, Willows hosts a range of special events and activities. One of the regulars is the pig racing:
It’s difficult to get over just how much there is to do at Willows. Tilly really enjoys the range of activities, from the sandpit and adventure playground to the bouncy castles, rides (which are all included in the entry price), soft play and indoor play town and feeding the animals of course. There are quirky fun activities too such as milking a model cow and panning for gold. We still haven’t even made it to the far side of the farm for a tractor ride or stroll around the lake. The prices tag for Willows is on par with larger attractions but if you want to easily take up a full day burning up energy, you won’t go far wrong here.
Disclaimer: Our visit to Willows Activity Farm was provided in return for a review of the new Peter Rabbit Playground, which contains our honest opinions of our visit.
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