Today we were lucky enough to be the guests of Thornton Hall Farm Park in Thornton in Craven – not the Thornton in Bradford as I foolishly thought. What a lovely village Thornton in Craven is – driving up there reminded me of one of the reasons we chose to live in Bingley, namely its proximity to all things beautiful. It took us about 25 minutes to get there, door to door, which makes it about equidistant with Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey in times of driving time.
There was no issue parking, in fact there were so few cars there at first we thought it was shut! But we had a friendly welcome from the staff there who were all great people -persons and very warm and friendly. The place was VERY quiet when we got there – apparently their Christmas celebrations start next week and so the week before is usually very quiet which makes sense. It was great for us as my oldest son doesn’t like crowds, so they had a great time having the huge slide to themselves. Stupidly I didn’t get a photo – but it’s very similar to the large slide at Dragon’s Den and the children had to sit in sacks to go down. The boys loved it and went on over and over again. There is also a hay maze, animals to feed, ropes to swing on, an outside play area and tea rooms, as well as regular feeding sessions and egg collecting. Here’s what we got up to.
I thought the outside play area was great – good quality play equipement and a good variety for all ages. Probably nice in the summer – wrap up warm it’s colder than Bingley for sure! Nearby are the quad bikes, the caterpillar rides and trailer rides (extra fee applies). They looked like good fun.
This was a great idea! Lots of rope swings with mats underneath, we really enjoyed it and it was great to see the boys initially worried and unsure learn how to swing really confidently. Loved it!
We were led outside by one of the farm guides, who was really nice, to see the chickens and collect eggs. She explained about the different kind of chickens and why the eggs looked different. Then we took some eggs home (£2.50 for 12) for breakfast.
As well as collecting eggs there are regular animal feeding and petting times, although you can also buy food for £1 and feed the animals yourself! As well as chickens and bunnies there were cows, sheep/lambs, horses, donkeys, llamas and ostriches (or were they emus?!). The animals were all really tame and happy to be fed and stroked.
We had lunch in the cafe which could have done with being a bit bigger, though extension work is currently taking place so it’s something the farm is obviously aware of.
Thornton Hall Farm Park have kindly given me a family ticket for four to give away to one lucky Bingley Family! To enter, you need to like Bingley Mums on facebook and comment on the post pinned to the top of the page saying you’ve liked the page. Share the post and tag your friends for an extra entry! I will pick a winner at random on 5th Demember 2015. Note that only residents of Bingley can enter this giveaway as I will be dropping the ticket off at your house. The ticket is for normal entry to the farm so if you go over Christmas, you will have to pay a small additional charge to visit Santa, that sort of thing.