On Sunday 9th August we went to Marsh Farm for Kidsfest 2015.
When we arrived we had to queue to get in the car park a sign of how popular this event is. On entry to the Farm we were immediately greeted by happy staff who were only to willing to help you out if you had a problem.
Due to the size of the event we decided to have a look round and then go back to the things that appealed. We did stop however at the fire engines and police vehicles and Oliver got to pretend to drive a fire engine and Daddy a police van.
The emergency vehicles were right next to the kids soft play and café which was our next stop so Leo could have a bottle. Whilst in there Keighley was queuing up for drinks for us, Oliver went to play in the soft play whilst I fed Leo and kept an eye on Oliver.
However the fire alarm went off and Oliver went into panic mode meaning he couldn’t find his way out. My sister in law went into get him out but couldn’t find him. By this point Keighley was getting panicked and so was I to be honest. My sister in law took Leo out the building and I went round to get Oliver, however a member of staff ran past me straight up into the soft play and brought him out in seconds. I can not praise him enough for his speed.
Following our eventful bottle break we went out onto a huge field with loads of different activities and a couple of stages one with dancers on and another with a local radio on which also hosted Mr Bloom of Cbeebies fame.
Whilst we watched Mr Bloom we ate lunch and decided what we would do next. Once we had finished we headed for the bouncy castles, now a firm Oliver favourite.
There were around ten different bouncy castles so many Oliver was on and off so quickly and on to the next one, although he does love the ones with slides on.
Being a farm we obviously expected to see animals and lots of them and this was our main disappointment of the day, yes they had the odd sheep, cow and pig but not anywhere near as many as you’d expect. They also had a couple of Lama and rabbits but not much more. I don’t think it helps that I remember Marsh Farm when it was a proper working farm and it seems to now have become a bit to focused on the other parts beyond the animals which is all well and good but also disappointing.
That being said we had a wonderful day and we would go again but this time we would be aware of the lack of animals.
Would we recommend Marsh Farm and Kidsfest to other people yeah we would for both. Kidsfest was so big that Oliver found it overwhelming as there was probably a little to much to do for younger kids but as for Marsh Farm as a day out then yeah we enjoyed the animal aspect and the bits they had but just be aware of a distinct lack of animals considering the name.