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Putlake Adventure Farm – animal adventure day trip for kids

Nestled in the beautiful Purbeck countryside – a stones throw from the Studland nature reserve is Putlake children’s farm.

Squarely aimed at the youngsters – the farm has the winning combination of the traditional farm animals (think goats, chickens, pigs, horses) that the kids get pretty close too (close enough to feed and pet them) and play activities.

Most of the farm animals are set out in stables the surrounding fields and include more exotic creatures such as several owls and lamas. For some pocket change you can purchase some animal feed and make the animals even more content as you wander around the farm (although watch out for the geese that can get a little feisty!).

For those not so animal inclined there’s plenty of outdoor play activity – a well stocked cafe and for when it rains an indoor play center with the usual soft play areas, ball pit and climbing zones. The real joy though is on a warm sunny day, enjoy the outdoors and partake of a tractor ride or try out the pedal carts. In lambing season you can even try your hand at feeding the darling lambs their bottles (an experience in itself!).

The farm has a long history dating back several hundred years, the center features several “info boards” detailing the farms history (we think more could be made of this as the place has an interesting heritage). For young kids it gets a thumbs up – in particular feeding the lambs and the indoor play area. We liked that there was plenty for the kids to do whilst we could enjoy a coffee on one of the many picnic tables and to top it all the staff were friendly and helpful. Whilst the farm isn’t huge and faces some local competition from some of the other local “children’s farms” given the range of things to do there’s plenty to keep them occupied and it’s all done well. For more info visit the official site here.

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