9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Newham Grange Farm's Festive Fun Event (AD)

6 Dec 2020

Going to the farm is a whole load of fun, whether you're 5 or 55, and one of our local farms, Newham Grange Farm, is putting on a real spectacle for Christmas 2020! From snowmen to elves, and from mini golf to playgrounds, they've got something for the whole family to enjoy over set weekends and dates leading up to Christmas (see the schedule here). If you're stuck for a way to entertain kids this December or just fancy a trip out to get some farmyard air in your lungs, it's a fantastic option and here are nine reasons why it should be on your list to visit this month.

Disclaimer: booking outside of the festive event will allow you access to the Snowman trail and the cafe. The festive characters and the Christmas Town are only available on the festive dates. There are still a few festive slots yet, so get your skates on to get booked in!

1. To complete the Snowman trail

If you didn't catch the Snowman trail when it hit Boro town centre in 2019, you'll get a second chance at Newham Grange Farm! All 12 of the Snowmen are back and in a one way trail, so you'll be able to tick them all off whilst keeping yourselves safe and distanced. There's also a letter attached to each one and when you find all 12, you'll be able to spell out a secret message.

If you go along to see the Snowmen, make sure you send me some photos - I absolutely love seeing them all and if you guys follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm partial to a Snowman trail.

2. To visit Christmas Town

The little Christmas Town is so cute and it features a picnic area for clear days, surrounded by gingerbread houses, gingerbread men and candy canes. In this spot, you'll also find Mother Ginger, who is on hand to tell you a story and introduce you to her nutcracker friends! When the weather is good, this promises to be a brilliant area to stop for a sit and a bite to eat.

3. To make reindeer food with Mrs. Claus

Venture to the back of the gingerbread village and you'll find Mrs. Claus in her hut. She'll be about to help you create your own reindeer food from oats and animal feed that you can take home as a souvenir or feed to the farm animals. This is a quick little activity that kids (or big kids) can do and it's all done in a distanced way!

4. To support local with a hot drink and a treat

If you need an excuse to treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a Christmas cake or biscuit, helping to put money back into the farm is exactly that. Make sure you take along some cash because the hot drink hut in the gingerbread village doesn't take card, and you'll be able to grab a hot chocolate, tea or coffee, plus Christmas biscuits and cakes. If the weather takes a turn or you visit outside of the Christmas event, the cafe is open too!

5. To meet Santa

It's a known fact that Santa visits everyone at Christmas, even the farm and the farm animals, and you can catch him there yourselves! For this experience, you will need a pre-booked slot (and they're all sold out now - sorry!), which guarantees a gift for your child and time to chat to the big man. This is a quintessential part of Christmas, so make sure you pay Santa a visit to keep that Christmas magic alive and give yourself the warm fuzzies.

6. To let off some steam in the playground

We can all imagine what it's like to have young children during a lockdown, so take them to the farm to let them have some outdoor time and burn off some energy. There several playgrounds dotted around the farm, as well as hand sanitisation stations for cleaning before and after. What better way to entertain your kids than letting them play on climbing frames surrounded by cute animals?

7. To play mini golf

Listen, everyone loves mini golf, no matter how old they are, and Newham Grange Farm has the most adorable little mini golf course that you can play on. It even includes a loop-the-loop hole, so bring your A-game and make a little competition out of it. There is no extra cost for this activity and if mini golf isn't your children's type of thing, there's also a sandpit and mini tractors nearby too.

8. To say hello to the animals

Of course, one of the best things about going to the farm is to see all of the animals. The animals at Newham Grange are so friendly and will come right up to you, whether you've grabbed a bag of food at the entrance or not. You'll be able to see the usual sheep, goats and horses, as well as Christmas donkeys, wallabies, llamas, piglets and so much more! You also definitely need to explore the Discovery Barn to see some really cute bunnies, guinea pigs and gerbils.

9. To have an adventure down Candy Cane Lane

The farm have transformed their walk past the horses and down to the chickens into Candy Cane Lane. With giant candy canes, strings of lights and an elf village waiting at the end, it's a real festive treat. Of course, you can also stop to see the animals along the way too and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the Snowman that's made its way into the chicken enclosure!

Like I mentioned, there really is something for everyone at Newham Grange Farm, not only at Christmas, but all year round too. While this season is a little bit different from a typical year, we can still make it that little bit more magical. There are still a few festive slots yet, so get your skates on to get booked in!

Which part of Christmas at Newham Grange Farm are you looking forward to the most?

This blog post was written in collaboration with Love Middlesbrough. This was not part of a paid or sponsored campaign.

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