“Guess what this sheep is called?” my husband said with a grin on his face.
“I’ve no idea, what is it called?” I said, taking its photo.
“Baaabara,” he said, his grin even wider.
While that earned a chuckle, the belly laugh was awarded to Freya who then repeated to the sheep: “Hi Baabara.” Complete with the perfect baa.
Maybe you needed to be there to fully appreciate it but it’s a great illustration of what the Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns, which is about a 10 mile drive from Norwich city centre, is like – simple family fun.
We both love animals and first visited long before Freya came along. When we first took her she was tiny (well, as tiny as a 10b 3oz newborn ever is) and, aside from a good dose of fresh air, the enjoyment was really still ours. In fact, we loved it so much we bought season tickets and have renewed them again this year when it became clear how much she also (thankfully) loves to visit.
So, what is there? Animals, of course, including donkeys, a variety of chicken breeds, pigs (including the two cutest micro pigs in the world), sheep, cows, naughty goats, rabbits, ducks and guinea pigs. You can feed many of them with specially bought food but there are activities throughout the day, such as lamb feeding in spring.
There is a lot of information about the animals on boards and always plenty of friendly staff around who are more than willing to tell you about them.
As well as the animals, there is also the cleanest soft play area I have seen and, new for this year, is an undercover play area with toy tractors to ride, activities and other play things which Freya makes a beeline for.
At the moment the farm only holds her attention for a maximum of an hour, which is good going for a not quite two-year-old, I think.
Luckily, it is just one element of Wroxham Barns, which was established in 1983, and, after she is worn out, there are some lovely shops, many of which sell local produce and crafts, to look around. Not to mention a cafe and restaurant, pantry, gift gallery, mini golf and children’s fun fair plus lots more.
Anyway, I haven’t been asked to write about it but thought, as we love it so much, it deserves a shout out. I’m planning to do the same with some of the other places we have come across just in case you’re looking for recommendations.
Entry to the Junior Farm costs £6.25 per person (under twos are free). To find out more, including opening times click here.