Wizards & Witches Halloween Festival at Marsh Farm

Louise writes: 

You can always guarantee a good day out at Marsh Farm, but when they have a special event going on, it’s even better. My family are big fans of the place, my kids are always keen to visit the farm for the day because they know there is something for them all. Dexter (20 months) loves the animals, Iris(5)  loves the ponies and Felix (7) loves the bouncy pillows. Of course there is much more that they all enjoy but put simply, when you can please all kids in one go, there’s not really much room for complaint.

Marsh Farm’s Wizards and Witches Festival was a close runner up in our awards this year for best Halloween event, getting a really decent share of the vote, but this is the first year we have been.
Considering tickets were just £9.99 when booked in advance, we were there from 10.30 until 5.00, so the price is worth every penny. On top of the normal attractions, the farm was decked out in spooky decorations – the kids loved the witches cottage, there were creepy ghosts and spiders all over. It was a nice balance of a great day out because it just is a lovely place to visit, and a nice halloweeny feel to it too.
Every time we go to Marsh Farm it seems to get better. As well as a really decent range of animals who all seem well looked after and happy, there are new attractions popping up all the time. Even before we got into anything remotely Halloweeny, the kids spent time on the climbing frames and diggers, driveable tractors, bouncy pillows and bouncy castle, in the playbarn, and watching the Pesky Pet show and Magic and Mayhem show, all of which are available to do all the time. Felix laughed SO much at Bam Bam the Partyman during the Magic and Mayhem show I thought he might fall off the benches. On top of this there was a full itinerary of activities, including pony grooming, tractor rides, Halloween trails (my kids LOVE a trail) and more, as well as some things we didn’t get to do such as pumpkin carving. It seems kind of ridiculous to say that we didn’t even get round to doing one of the most appealing things on offer, but that says a lot about how much else there was to do!

We ate lunch in the playbarn and the food was decent and reasonably priced – the burgers looked particularly appetising! The farm now has numerous food and drink outlets, and next time we visit I’m keen to visit the new Tillie’s Tea Room.
Just when we thought it was time to go home, the kids got lured into following around a rather loony wizard trying to find ingredients for a magic spell (I think). I have to admit, I was quite ready to go home by this point but they were having such a great time, it was hard to drag them away. We spent a good 30 minutes to an hour following him around before he teamed up with the witch and they handed out some treats for the kids. Iris was desperate to get inside the witch’s house for a looksie but I don’t think that was on offer!

In summary, it’s well worth a look if you fancy a good Halloween day out, especially if you have kids who want to do something but don’t really enjoy being scared, as it was all good-natured spooky fun. And when you end the day with three happy and totally zonked kids, you can’t really complain!

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