Normally Green Dragon Eco Farm nr Quainton, Bucks is slightly outside of my cheap days out review limit of £25 per family. However they regularly run offers and promotions that bring it under that threshold. Check out their website for the latest offers. I actually think that, even without the offers, Green Dragon offers really good value for money and deserves a spot in the cheap family days out category.
The Green Dragon Eco Farm review
Smallest child is OBSESSED with animals at the moment, particularly birds and squirrels. Given the offer is on, we decided to take everyone to the farm this weekend. The first thing to point out, particularly in the winter, is that the farm is located in the middle of nowhere on a very flat site. It is windy and cold up there so make sure you wrap up warm so everyone stays happy.
There are several different areas to this site. As well as the farm animals (both inside and out) there is a pets corner (with insects and reptiles). Additional facilities include soft play barn, walled garden, go-karts, really good outdoor playground, bouncing pillow, sand-pit, meadow and messy play barn. There are no additional costs for any of the activities. They also have a fantastic, brand new this year, wildlife zone. This is a large site and you can very easily spend a full day here, particularly in warmer weather.
They do have a good range of animals, including some that you wouldn’t necessarily expect; including a couple of Silver Foxes and Wallabies. Throughout the day they do talks and opportunities to meet / stroke various animals. Of course you can also buy food (50p per bag) to feed some of the animals with.
A highlight was absolutely the Wildlife Zone. This is still a work in progress, and a few of the aviaries are currently empty, but there are plans for these to be filled over the next few months. This is also where they hold their daily flying shows and where you can see the Red Squirrels and Wallabies being fed. We listened to the talk about Red Squirrels and Wallabies and it was fascinating. Despite it being quite chilly we all really enjoyed it.
When we have been before we also had the chance to meet and hold some of the reptiles. I didn’t get his name but the bloke who was there with us was amazing. He was so enthusiastic about the animals he cares for and was really engaging – he is a really asset to the farm. In general all of the staff that I’ve spoken to at Green Dragon have always been polite and helpful.
The other thing to mention is that it is really clean. You’d expect a farm to be pretty grubby but it really wasn’t. They have loos dotted around the site and even though they’re essentially posh porta-loos they were neat and tidy as well. The kids play area is well maintained and the cafe was regularly cleaned whilst we were there as well.
The soft play is relatively small but the kids loved it. They have a cool blacked out maze which I’ve not seen before. They also have a separate under 5’s section which has a ball pool, obstacles to clamber over and a platform to climb up.
The only slight downside to the entire day was the cafe. I will start by saying that this wasn’t my typical experience there. Previously we’d had very good, speedy service and found it to be good value for money. We went in about 11:45 and it seems we hit the lunchtime rush – our food didn’t arrive for over half and hour. They had run out of kids sandwiches for the lunchboxes so were making them to order, which meant the kids also had to wait 30 minutes for their sandwich. The bacon baguette was nice but for the amount we paid for it, I would have expected more than 2 rashers of bacon. Overall I was a bit disappointed, especially when compared to my previous experience. The chocolate cake was good, and nearly made up for the lack of bacon.
You’re not allowed to eat your own food in the cafe but they have picnic benches dotted around the site and there is a room that you can have your picnics in if the weather is bad.
£9.50 per child, £10.50 per adult. During both January and September 2019 they were offering free child tickets with each adult ticket.
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Parking / How to get there
Plenty of free, on-site parking
Address – Claydon Road, Hogshaw. MK18 3LA. Sat Nav can send you a bit wrong so either follow the brown signs or check out the step by step directions on their website
Several on-site. Some of the ones in the fields are only open in the summer.
Picnics allowed in certain areas. Cafe on-site. We’ve eaten there several times and mostly it’s been OK.
OUr Green Dragon Eco Farm Review
4.5 / 5 – It’s my favourite open farm, particularly in our local area. The only other one that beats it is The Big Sheep in Devon but that’s a bit far for a day trip, even for me!
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