FTwtK Awards – Best Animal Day Out

Here is the shortlist for the best animal related days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire. Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Have a look through all the nominees and cast your vote by clicking the link below. You can find all the other awards categories here.

If I have already visited one of the shortlisted attractions then I’ll put a link to the review below. For places I’ve not managed to see yet I’m hoping to visit as many as possible over the next few weeks and I’ll add the reviews as I do. In the mean time I’ll add links back to their website.


Green Dragon Eco Farm. Hogshaw, Buckinghamshire

One of the newest open farms in our area. In addition to possibly the largest number of animals of all the local open farms there’s a wildlife zone, a good range of inclusive outdoor activities and a smallish indoor soft play area. There are also unique features such as a dinosaur excavation! Read my full review by clicking this link.

Willows Activity Farm. St Albans, Hertfordshire

The home of Peter Rabbit! In addition to the animals there’s the amazing Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and the Cotton-Tail role play village. There’s also regular shows with the characters from the stories and Mr Todd’s Lair which is their epic play frame. You’ll find lots of rides, an activity trail, shows and tractor rides. There is more than you can possibly do in one day! Visit their website for all the information.

Mead Open Farm. Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

At Mead Open Farm it’s quite hands on. You can hold rabbits, feed the lambs and have a chat with the chickens. There’s a brilliant indoor play area including epic drop slides, a singing pumpkin and a massive soft play frame. Outdoors there are lots of adventures to be had. There’s a large play frame, go-karts, jumping pillows, sand & water play, diggers and golf. Have a look at my full review by clicking here

Herrings Green Activity Farm. Wilstead, Bedfordshire

Including the English School of Falconry with over 200 birds. There are lots of hands-on animal experiences, a playground and ride on tractors. Shows and talks take place throughout the day. Full review coming soon. Check out their website in the mean time.

Cotswold Wildlife Park. Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxfordshire

A brilliant zoo that balances a compact site with plenty of animals to see. You can see everything without little legs getting too tired. There’s a train and a lemur walk-through and all the animals you’d expect. There’s also a huge adventure playground to explore. Visit their website for full details.

Paradise Wildlife Park. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

Where else do you get to combine a zoo with dinosaurs? There are 30 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs to meet around the park. There’s also play areas and a soft play. Click here for all the details.


For the nominees across all categories have a look at the main Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020 page.

Now you’ve seen all the shortlisted attractions in this category of the Free Time with the Kids Awards click the link below to cast your vote. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. Don’t forget to tell all your friends about the awards so they can choose their favourites too.


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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook