Lower Drayton Farm throws open the farm gates for play indoors and out!

Team standing outside of Play @ Lower Drayton Farm

Staffordshire’s newest farm attraction, Lower Drayton Farm just outside Penkridge, opened the doors to its huge indoor playbarn as COVID restrictions relaxed on Monday, 17th May.

The move follows a busy few months for the team, which has seen them adapt to offer families the chance to enjoy activities that lay within restrictions during lockdown – starting with a drive thru burger bar & mini farm safari from last February to mid-April, followed by a ‘Spring Unlocked’ event that saw the farm’s extensive outdoor play space open to families. Opening the indoor play marks a real milestone for the family behind the fun – Farmer Richard Bower, who farms the 750 acre arable and beef farm alongside father Ray, and Ray’s partner Val James. Richard says:

“This has been a project 10 years in the planning, and we were unfortunate that the first COVID lockdown hit just before we were aiming to launch in early summer 2020. Like so many businesses, we were left in a very difficult situation; having to adapt all of our plans to try and survive the crisis. As soon as restrictions allowed in summer 2020, we welcomed our first guests to our outdoor-only ‘Summer Unlocked’ event; which proved such a hit we mirrored it again this spring. We were fortunate that we managed to open the full indoor and outdoor attraction for a several weeks from September which provided valuable customer feedback, and we also hosted a very successful pumpkin patch and carving event in October. We had ambitious plans in place for Christmas but, due to the lockdown, we had to stall these and the next opportunity to welcome visitors came in February with the drive thru burger bar.

“We’d like to thank each and every family who have visited us and supported us during these difficult times – the feedback has, overall, been fantastic and it has really helped bolster the whole team during tough times. We are now hugely excited to be welcoming visitors to enjoy the full PLAY@ experience and have already made some additions to the offering – including our new grass toboggan raceway and a revamp of the small animal zone, and have lots of exciting plans for the future!”

When visiting the farm, families can expect plenty of adventure – indoors & out. There’s a 900sqm indoor play barn featuring a 6m high Astro slide, gravity drop slides, vertigo-inducing skywalk and much more, while a baby area dedicated to littlies under 2 and under-5s play space packed with imaginative role play opportunities and lots of climbing, sliding, spinning fun promise hours of fun for all ages. Outdoors, the adventure continues with activities that include racing zipwires, grass toboggans, bouncy pillows, sand and water play. Animal lovers will also delight in the chance to pet friendly rabbits and Guinea Pigs, and get up close with goats, pigs, cattle and other farmyard favourites, and there may well be the chance (weather depending) to hop on a fun yet educational farm trailer ride to find out what’s happening around the farm.

A packed schedule of seasonal activities – from seed planting to veg picking, themed trails and the summer sunflower maze, plus standalone events like the maize maze and pumpkin patch mean there’s always something new to enjoy on the farm, whatever time of year you visit.

For full details and to book tickets head to www.playatthefarm.co.uk

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This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.
Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺
Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week? 
Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/
#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands

This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.

Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺

Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week?

Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/

#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands
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Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️. 
These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter. 
As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻
You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit! 
#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids

Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️.

These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter.

As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻

You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit!

#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids
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This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please. 
The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊

This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please.

The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊
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It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!
Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸

It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!

Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸
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Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!
PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.
So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket 
#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture

Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!

PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.

So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket

#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture
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Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches. 
Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧
In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming…. 
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow  #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm

Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches.

Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧

In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming….

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm
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Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend. 
A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼
Who’s coming to see her tomorrow? 
#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram

Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend.

A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼

Who’s coming to see her tomorrow?

#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram
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Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…
Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜
#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire

Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…

Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜

#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire
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*COMPETITION CLOSED* 
Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience? 
To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June. 
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: 
Winnie the Pooh famously loves… 
A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots 
Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct. 
Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.
#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024

*COMPETITION CLOSED*

Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience?

To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

Winnie the Pooh famously loves…

A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots

Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct.

Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.

#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024
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