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Lotmead Farm, Swindon – FREE ENTRY

Strawberry and Steam Event 2014

Essentials List

  • Rain clothes
  • Change of clothes
  • Wipes
  • Wellies boots
  • Food for little ones
  • Money for fun fair

Fun Activities

Lotmead Farm in Swindon is a secret hidden gem.  We decided to spend the day at the Lotmead Farm ‘Strawberries and Steam’ Festival which was well advertised and looked like a fun family day out.  The farm is very basic but there is plenty to do as it has a ‘Pick Your Own’ which we loved.  Compared to a lot of farms these days, Lotmead Farm is small in terms of outdoor climbing equipment and indoor soft play, but it does offer fun and quality when combined with larger events such as ‘Strawberries and Steam’.

We loved our days at Lotmead Farm and I was extremely impressed with the unique feel it gave us over the weekend.  I took Harry strawberry picking first which was brilliantly organised by the staff, the quality was fantastic and Harry was in his element.  I was initially worried that I would have to constantly hold Harry up to pick the strawberries but the plants were hanging low enough so he could reach.  There are also ground growing strawberries at the front of Lotmead Farm for toddlers to enjoy.

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Outdoor Play Area, Farm and Walks

At the front of the farm there is an outdoor play area with picnic benches.  There are a variety of slide and climbing equipment, a maze, tractor and a small area for toddlers.  There is also an outdoor sand pit, but while I was there a dog was playing in it.  As you walk towards the farm you will see a dis-used old tractor, which harry enjoyed climbing in and pretending to drive. 

The farm area is just beyond this and you can walk around greeting all the animals there, pigs, goats, sheep and chickens.  You can watch the dairy cows being milked every day at 3:30pm where information is available about the process.

There is also a Nature Trail situated within a Wetland Reserve. Families can enjoy a walk to the bird hide.  The entrance fee for this is just £1 per person (FREE for children under 2 years) or £10 for a Family Season Ticket, all of which goes towards maintaining the animals and wetland habitat

 

 

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Strawberries and Steam Festival

Cost –

Adults: £5.00   Child 5-16 years: £2.50
Children under 5 years FREE

We loved the Strawberries and Steam Festival which had a variety of attractions, these included a continuous display of steam trains of all sizes, swing row boats, small rides for toddlers, tractors, vehicle and commercial vehicle displays, powered boats, fun fair, market stalls, food stalls and live band music. The festival itself was held over 2 fields and it attracted a lot of people. 

Harry really enjoyed being outdoors all day so you need to go on a sunny day, he really enjoyed the fun fair and playing games on the market stalls.  We managed to find some old star wars figures and space ships so he was very happy.

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Eating, Feeding and Baby Changing Facilities

Lotmead Farm has a farm shop selling home produce for baking, fruit, vegetables and frozen foods.  There is also has a cafe area serving hot food, snacks and beverages for you to enjoy on the picnic tables by the play area, this facility is new for 2014.  At the strawberries and steam festival there were portable toilets and there are also toilets for changing babies back at the farm entrance.

Parking

Parking is located at the entrance, is free but on the field.  We found this bumpy so you need to drive very slowly and at busy times it can be a little walk, but you will need to be careful walking, and pushing prams due to the uneven ground.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Entry is free to the farm, prices for the strawerries and steam festival are;

Adults: £5.00   Child 5-16 years: £2.50
Children under 5 years FREE

Nature trail is £1.

Please click here for map showing location to Lotmead Farm.  The Strawberries and Steam fesitival is held at the same location.

Lotmead Farm is open any time during the week from 9.30am throughout the summer months from late May until October (please check information hotline on 01793 790137 for up-to-date details).

 

 

 

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