A trip to Windmill Farm is not going to disappoint. It’s got everything from outdoor and indoor play areas, a train, and of course animals, including birds of prey. All the usual suspects are here, such as cows, goats, pigs, Shetland ponies, plus a favourite of mine – Shire horses. A brilliant new addition in 2012 is a wooden goat bridge linking two fields together. A great opportunity to play the part of the troll as the goats ‘trip trap’ overhead!
Our group of six boys dived into the enormous outdoor playground, with its huge wooden climbing frame, along with a zip wire and a big basket swing. Even in wet weather Windmill Farm is good – its indoor soft play area is the largest I’ve seen on a farm, plus you’ll find roller racers and pedal tractors as well! There is a café on site serving the usual selection of hot and cold food.
There are a number of benches indoors and out, and you are very welcome to bring your own picnic.
Windmill’s pride and joy is its own miniature railway. Both steam and diesel engines run on the 15-inch gauge track that crosses the farm, and is more than a mile long. The train stops halfway round at Lake View and there are more picnic tables if you want to have your lunch here. To occupy the children while you wait for the next train you’ll find another climbing frame.
If you’ve got a range of ages of children to entertain, I’d say that Windmill Farm caters for all.Open half term (15-23 Feb) and weekends to 5 April, then Daily until Sep 10am-5pm Adult £6, Child £5.50, under 2s free, Family £20. The Windmill Animal Farm, Red Cat Lane, Burscough, Lancashire L40 1UQ Tel: 01704 892282 windmillanimalfarm.co.uk