Whenever I think of Easter I not only think of chocolate eggs and fish and chips but also of baby chicks and lambs, and what better way to see them than a visit to a farm? You just can't beat a spring time Easter trip to the farm, seeing all the newborn baby animals and getting outside in the countryside is fun for the whole family. Living just outside of Newcastle my favourite farm that we have been visiting for many years is Whitehouse farm, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year!
Last week I visited with my two pre-schoolers and we had a brilliant time, I actually visited the farm twice recently as my three-year-old Sophia visited with her school nursery and adored it so much we just had to return with her two-year-old brother Jacob. The farm is located just outside of Morpeth, just off the A1 and is about a 20 minutes drive north from Newcastle. There is plenty of free onsite parking available and you pay on the day upon arrival, entrance fees for a weekend or school holiday are £9.95 per adult, children aged 2-16 years are £8.95 or family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £34.50. If you visit during the week in term time prices are slightly cheaper.
As soon as we entered the farm we were greeted by the tweeting birds in the aviary before making our way to the petting barn. The meerkats were outside in their outdoor inclosure and my children were transfixed watching them running around and fighting. Inside the petting barn Coco, the talking parrot was a big hit, especially when it kept saying "hello", Sophia could not believe that a bird was actually taking to her.
We visited the creepy crawlies, snakes and lizards before cooing over the fluffy animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and not so fluffy skinny pigs. Sophia fell in love with a mouse on her last visit so she was keen to see them again, although she now has her heart set on a pet one for her birthday. Discovering an incubator full of fluffy yellow baby chicks was a highlight for Sophia who kept saying they were cute and we could not get her away from them.
We loved feeding the goats at the bottom of the petting barn area, they were very greedy which caused many laughs. We also saw many other goats and baby goats in the indoor barn area along with so many baby lambs which Sophia got to bottle feed on her last visit and which you can feed at certain times during the day.
We saw so many different kinds of animals on our visit lambs, goats, chicks, hens, pigs, cows, emu, wallabies, skunks and hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, spiders and bugs, rabbits, guinea pigs and skinny pigs, mice, rats and parrots. There were so many birds including a huge collection of owls, we saw tortoises, meerkats, marmaset monkeys, donkeys, ponies, deer, llamas and alpacas. The children were fascinated learning and discovering what each animal was called.
There was staff on hand to answer questions and we found everywhere to be really clean and tidy for a farm, there were hand washing stations dotted around for visitors to wash their hands. As well as the animals there are lots of other things to do, we visited the indoor soft play barn and the amazing park which is every child's dream as it has climbing walls, slides, swings and playhouses. You can play on the ride on tractor rides which my two loved, you can also ride around a go-kart track and go on an actual tractor trailer ride or visit the willow maze. They have a coin-operated racing track, trampolines, bouncy castles and a doughnut dash ride. There really was so much to do that we did not experience everything on our visit.
There is a lot of seating and picnic benches dotted around the farm, along with a large indoor picnic barn and a cafe serving hot and cold meals and snacks. Despite being a farm it is also really accessible too and you could easily manage to take a buggy with you if needed. You could easily stay at the farm all day as there is just so much to do, we stayed for a few hours and my children did not want to leave and have been asking to revisit already.
If you visit Whitehouse Farm during this Easter half-term there is so much going on not only can you bottle fed lambs but you can also take part in Easter games and activities, there are magic shows, face painting and crafts. There will also be the chance to attend talks and pet animals and critters throughout the day. If you visit over this bank holiday weekend - Good Friday, Saturday the 15th, Easter Sunday or bank holiday Monday the 17th and arrive between 9 and 10 am you will even see the Easter bunny hopping about handing out chocolate eggs.
My children really had such a great time at Whitehouse farm, they never stopped laughing and smiling and they really enjoyed meeting all the animals. The park and soft-play and all of the extra activities will also be sure to delight children and keep them entertained. We will certainly be returning to Whitehouse farm in the future as we had such a wonderful time and they host some great events throughout the year that sound like lots of fun, keep an eye on their facebook page to keep up to date with what they have going on.
North Whitehouse Farm
Whitehouse Farm is open daily from April - August 10 am - 5 pm last entrance an hour before closing. It is also open at reduced times during winter.
Full details of what is on, facilities and prices can be found on the Whitehouse farm website.
We also made a video of our day at Whitehouse farm which you can watch below.
Disclosure we received a complimentary entry for the purpose of this review.