I have a huge soft spot for Stockley Farm. Having visited many times with my older boys, I was looking forward to taking my third child Ted and his best friend Ellie.
Lots of improvements have been carried out over the years but the tractor ride from the car park to the farm remains as fun as ever and the warm welcome you get at the farm has not changed either.
We started our day grooming Shetland ponies Flare and Babe. Ted looked a little nervous but Lesley, the lovely helper, soon encouraged him to have a go. Next we were taken over to the goats and each given a huge baby bottle to feed the kids – which Ted and Ellie adored. Onto pets’ corner, where they both enjoyed snuggling up to the rabbits and guinea pigs. Thankfully neither could read the “Guinea pigs for sale” sign!
A quick pit stop at the café for lunch saw the children tuck into picnic boxes (£4.75) while I enjoyed a huge homemade vegetable bake. If you have brought a picnic, there are plenty of tables outside and in the barn. Here you’ll also find a large hay stack and an enormous inflatable to climb on, perfect if it’s raining.
The sun appeared so the little ones spent the rest of the day exploring the outside play area which includes climbing frames, an old tractor and two large sand pits, along with diggers. Our last stop was to feed the hens and the pigs with our remaining food bags – Houdini, the incredible escaping goat who thinks she’s human, joined us for the trip and Ted and Ellie loved holding her lead.15 Feb-2 Nov & Dec, Weekends 10am-5pm (peak), 10am-4pm (off peak), Weds 1-5pm, school holidays Daily 10am-5pm (peak), 10am-4pm (off peak) Off peak (until Easter): Adult £8.95, Child £7.95, under 2s £1.50, Family £32. Peak: Adult £9.20, Child £8.20, under 2s £1.75, Family £33. Joint Tickets for Stockley Farm and Arley Hall & Gardens (see page 70) are available. Stockley Farm, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6LZ Tel: 01565 777323 stockleyfarm.co.uk