Yesterday we visited Briarlands Farm at Blairdrummond, near Stirling.
It was the first time I'd been and it was brilliant!!
As it was a Thursday and the schools are back, the farm was quiet which pleased me - less stressful. It reminded me of Heads of Ayr Farm, but for the age that my kiddies are (4 year old and 2 year old) Briarlands Farm was better in my opinion. Not sure it would be as good for older school-age kids.
Briarlands Farm is a large enclosed area and it's pretty flat which means you can easily see toddlers that run off or keep an eye on the older ones if they head off to a different play spot.
Included in the ticket price are a variety of different animal tours throughout the day. We did animal handling and animal feeding whilst we were there.
There are plenty of activities to keep little ones amused for a day (we arrived at 11.30am-ish and left at 4pm). They both loved the jumping pillows and the go-carts. My favourite part was whizzing round the track with both kids on the go-cart next to me laughing their heads off.
The Farmer's Den Tea Room was well equipped and the food was lovely. I had a baked potato with tuna & sweetcorn accompanied by coleslaw, crisps and side salad for £6.50 and the kids had beans on toast (£2.50) and a half sandwich with crisps (£2.25). We went back later on in the day for a wee treat and a cup of tea... cakes were lovely too!
Everything was well laid out, facilities were clean and I was genuinely really impressed. The staff were also friendly and helpful.
I'd definitely go back.
Here are some of our pics from the day:
Littlest on the jumping pillow
Feeding the noisy pigs!
On the digger (this was the only activity you had to pay extra for, and it was £1 a turn)
Patting the guinea pig
In the sand pit.
My attempt at a panorama shot to give you an idea of the layout of the farm
The go-cart track!
Littlest waiting patiently for mummy in the two seater