It’s been a busy couple of months, settling into my two new roles – as a Digital Skills Mentor, for the CLL, and a reading volunteer, at a local school. Plus, I’ve had two assignments due, one in January and one in February. Trying to juggle student/work life with family life, can be pretty exhausting, and sometimes you do wonder if you’re getting the right balance (anything that tips more towards family time is the right balance for me). However, this month has been a particularly busy one as I’ve been working flat out on a 3000-word assignment for the most part of it. So, for a break for me and to spend some quality time with my daughter and some of our friends, we arranged a trip to Umberslade Farm Park, in Tanworth in Arden. It was my first visit, but it was recommended by a friend, who has visited with her son on several occasions. It’s about a 40 minute car journey from Coventry, via the A45 and M42 (and lots of country lanes!).

There is lots to do at the farm. We got a map and itinerary when we arrived, so we planned our time around the activities. First stop was feeding the goats, alpacas and sheep! It was lots of fun. My little one was a little apprehensive at first, but after about a minute she was going around to all of the different animals. In particular, she liked feeding the alpacas; however, they weren’t too interested in being fed! After feeding the animals there was time for a quick look around the farm, and the first stop was the duck pond.

Then, it was on to see the chickens and pigs.

The next activity was ‘pony care’, which involved the kids brushing the ponies, which looked like lots of fun. After such a busy start to the morning, it was time for lunch (and a coffee fix for the adults!). As there’s a café onsite, we didn’t have to bring pre-packed lunches, which was nice. Once lunch was over there was some time for the kids to ride the toy tractors, then it was into the small animal house, to hold the animals. This mostly involved the adults holding the animals and the children petting them, as most of the animals had sharp claws that weren’t very child-friendly! So, I got to hold a rat, a guinea pig and a rabbit!

At the moment, it’s lambing season, so there were lots of lambs on the farm. We got to bottle-feed a lamb, which was fab!

Plus, we got to see a newborn lamb, that had just been born that morning. As you can see from the picture below, it just wanted to curl up and rest, which is not surprising really!

It was a lovely day out, and the nice weather added to it. I’d definitely recommend a visit. I think that it would appeal to most ages. On our trip there were 3 adults and 3 toddlers, and the adults had just as much fun as the children! Plus, at the moment (from Jan-Mar 2019), it’s only £5 per adult and £5 per child, as the children’s play barn is currently not in use. So, it’s a real bargain! I’m definitely going to return, and I might even get another visit in before the end of March ,at that price! For further information about the farm, you can visit their website: http://www.umberslade.com/