Saying Hello To Autumn At Priory Farm

A chill in the wind, beautiful rich colours, Halloween and cosy afternoons snuggled up under warm blankets are just a few of the reason I absolutely love October.

The weather hasn’t yet changed to the bitterness of winter and getting out into the great outdoors is a real pleasure.

The first adventure for us is always a trip to Priory Farm to select the perfect pumpkin for carving and eating if I ever get round to trying pumpkin pie…I have been promising the children this for the past goodness knows how long!

I have written about Priory Farm countless times as it has so much to offer from fantastic play areas to a brilliant discovery walk and they always go that extra mile for special occasions such as this.

Today we climbed aboard the truck that was decked out perfectly for Halloween with missing limbs, cobwebs and huge spiders.

The short journey lead us straight to the pumpkin field which the children couldn’t wait to get to and select their favourite pumpkin, which for the first year ever wasn’t a competition to see who’s was the biggest.

A good few laps of the field and more than a few pumpkins picked and rejected we finally had our favourites and headed back to the kiosk where there was a game of ‘roll the pumpkin’ and hoopla onto creepy arms to keep the children amused while we waited for our ride back.

Prized pumpkins in hand we climbed aboard and headed off to get a well earned piece of scrummy cake and a good coffee.

There is so much going on over the next few weeks at Priory Farm as well as the pumpkin picking and a visit come highly recommend from us!

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Photography Courses And Discovery Walks At Priory Farm

  

Today was a super early start as I had an over exited number three jumping onto the bed ready to start some more birthday celebrations.  The early start along with number four jumping fully clothed into the bath was not the best start to the day.  

We finally arrived at Priory Farm in Nutfield by the skin of our teeth to get number three signed into her photography course.  Since I started  this blog she has taken a real interest in photography and I may be biased but she seems to have a real eye for it.

    

The course is run by Lillian Spibey Photography and is an informative couple of hours teaching the children how to perfect their skills in taking pictures of the landscape and wildlife along with a photographic Easter egg hunt and a fun filled jeep ride around the farms beautiful grounds.

She came back full of beans, super proud of what she had achieved and itching to get signed up for the next course.

Whist number three was busy doing her thing we passed the time taking part in the discovery walk that the farm offers.  Once we had grabbed our quiz sheets and fish food we set off to answer all the questions whilst exploring all the other things the trail has to offer.

   

           

Number two is hitting that awkward age where activities with Mum are really not cool anymore, but I didn’t get a moan out of him today.  He was more than happy to help his brother answer the questions, climb the balance beams and explore every little area there was to be found.

   

  

Near the end of the walk is my children’s favourite part; feeding the mass of fish in the beautiful pond.  No matter how many times we visit they are always astonished at the hundreds of hungry mouths that come up to greet you and gobble up the food.

   

   

   

Quizzes ‘almost’ completed we collected our prize and stopped for a little picnic and play on the splendid wooden pirate ship.  There are plenty of great picnicking spots all over the farm, but this is our favourite spot as the children can play whist you can relax and still keep them in sight.

  

Our last port of call was to get a warm drink from the recently refurbished coffee shop.  There is plenty of space in there to fit your buggy without being in the way, and lots of large tables to accommodate my extra large family.

   

 

You really can make a whole day of it at this farm.  Aswell as everything we got up to today there is a well stocked garden centre with everything you could need, a beautiful farm shop with lots of fabulous fresh food on offer and a playground that is currently undergoing an exiting refurb.  This is the first of many trips this year.