A Day Trip to Roves Farm

Yesterday, I packed up the kids and the car and drove up to Calne in Wiltshire to visit my Dad and Stepmum who have recently moved back to the UK after an 8 year stint in New Zealand.  Today we all went to Roves Farm.

pygmy goat roves farm

Situated just outside Swindon, Roves Farm offers a huge range of different activities for all types of weather.  It was raining when we arrived, and we were all happy to sit in the large cafe.  It’s set in a barn, and serves yummy home-made cakes, teas and coffees, as well as hot food and children’s lunchboxes.  Along side the cafe are a number of children’s play areas, including an enormous ball pit, an indoor sand pit, bouncy castles, ride on tractors and a soft play area for littlies.  If none of that appeals, there is an area set aside for crafts.  Either way, you can sit with a drink or some food and know that the kids are enclosed and safe.

Happily, by the time we’d had a cake and a drink, and Roo and Elliot had bounced to their heart’s content on the bouncy castles, the sun had come out, so we ambled into a more open barn with yet more play facilities, and an enormous hay stack with tunnels to explore.

milking at roves farm

And what would a trip to a working farm be without animals to coo over? We saw pigs, and sweet little piglets, Shetland ponies, goats, loads of sheep, a llama or two, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks and bunnies.

Outside, there is an outdoor playground, tractor rides and lots more animals to see, feed and handle.  Both my kids loved the tractor ride, which was short enough to hold their attention, but long enough that they’ll definitely remember it as a substantial part of the trip.

We really enjoyed our day at Roves Farm, and I am sure we’ll be back for another visit soon!

Nothing to disclose here, we had a lot of fun so I thought I’d share the love.  



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  1. I remember going there before it was a proper visitor attraction! Our school was on a neighbouring farm. It is lovely there. Glad you had a nice time. Recommend Bowood House when the kids are bigger.

  2. I love a farm and my Aunt lives in Calne – I know it a little (actually I went to a Christening in the big church and spent the rest of the day in the pub).
    We will be nearer Calne in future so thanks for the tip!

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