National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill: Hours, Address, National Forest Adventure Farm Reviews: 4.5/5

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm
Game & Entertainment Centres
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
A day of adventure awaits at the National Forest Adventure Farm, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area. Meet a host of farm animals including pigs, sheep, cows and goats. In the spring and summer you can also bottle feed our lambs. You can cuddle a rabbit or guinea pig and see our more unusual animals such as alpaca, reindeer and chipmunks. We also have daily animal activities including pony grooming, milking demonstrations and egg collecting. The huge Funfield features a range of have a go activities including Go-Karts, assault course, mini golf, jumping pillow and in the summer the Water Splash Out. Why not take a tractor and trailer ride around the farm and look out for the scarecrows? The 3000m² indoor playbarn features a huge soft play area with demon drop slides. There's an under 5's area with a ball pit and giant Lego construction zone. Enjoy eating out or picnicking at one of our landscaped areas on sunny days, or in our airy 120-seat restaurant. In the summer, the Farm is home to a huge 10 acre maize maze. So take on the challenge of 3 miles of pathways, bridges and viewing towers.
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Dan S
Rugeley, UK33 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Really great day with loads to do for my 2 year old inside and out.

My only criticism would be the lack of allergy information or alternatives in the cafe as my son has a dairy allergy and it took for me to hold up the queue while staff found out at the counter to find out. Food was good when it arrived.
Written 30 December 2021
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Concerned Customer
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
We have visited this Christmas experience the last few years and on the whole it is fantastic. However…

Far far too many people are squashed into enclosed spaces in the middle of a pandemic.

Groups should be smaller and gaps between the groups should be bigger.

We were able to see what happened in each room as the previous group left and not a single item was wiped over before the next group entered.

The only time hand sanitiser was used was the last workshop because it involved food, but immediately after that, everyone is herded into a very small space, to queue to see Santa. The space is far too small, with the a number of groups being told to keep moving closer to each other to get everyone in! At one point we were told “if anyone has a rucksack take it off so you can all move closer” 🙈😡

Felt very sorry for the elves, who were all very young and doing a great job, but were repeatedly moaned at by customers who clearly felt we were all being put in danger.

I would not be advising anyone to visit during a pandemic, until some adjustments have been made.
Written 19 December 2021
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England11 contributions
Dec 2021
Went today at 13:10, overall pretty good though have to concur with the last reviewer about the things that let the experience down.

Young lady at the entrance was very enthusiastic, explaining about going into the portal to visit the North Pole, the whole check in and waiting room was well managed, another enthusiastic girl was asking my son all about his Christmas wishes, got a laugh when everyone entering got a green "good" light and one of the dads got the red "naughty" light.

Next room was the pre entrance to the north pole portal, another entusiastic lady, who got the kids involved as they checked the doors to see which one was the entrance, and using magic "Abracadabra" to get the portal to work, the actual portal, a strobe and some artificially covered real christmas trees was cool for the kids, a bit like going into the wardrobe in the Narnia films.

The shops area where you have 10 minutes, looked geared to allow the preceeeding group to get through, scenery was quite nicely done, but pair in sweet shop didnt look like they wanted to be there.

The young lady in the post office next, was simply awesome, really played the role well and had all the kids interacting.

The next rooms/games - bell ringing, toy machine and colours game, the kids liked, we both liked the talking polar bear who mentions your kids names and interests (from your pre arrival questionaire). Only slight thing is his mouth was still moving after the voice stopped talking, but no quibbles.

The gingerbread making room, felt very rushed, we were waiting a while to get in, and then it seemed they wanted you in and out ASAP, I get there is sequencing, but it did feel rushed compared to what had goe before.

Next the big man, when it was our time, we were taken to his room, the seasonal worker! seemed appropriately aged, was lovely with our son, and my son seemed in awe of what was happening. Our family were with Santa (or Dave from Burton!), for about 3 or 4 minutes and he was wonderful.... but thats where the whole thing was badly let down imho.

Santa said the elf had to check through the exit door to make sure no reindeers were in the corridor, in reality its obviously that no other groups of people are there, and after 20 seconds we were given the all clear, you walk down the corridor into a gift shop, selling the picture just taken with Santa, which we bought and then the kids are allowed to take one of the toys on the shelf for themselves (like most gift shops at the exits of theme parks or adventures), but after you take the toy, you open a double door and youre walking down an outside pathway of about 10-15 metres, that goes straight past the entrance to those queuing to get in at the start of the adventure.

From the moment you exit the Santa room, the whole narrative and story seemed to stop, just buy the picture and out the exit door.

From the moment you walked in, on numerous occasions, there was a narrative of the magic and traveling through a portal to the north pole, all the elves in the adverture, reinforced this as did the taking polar bear and even Santa himself, so to just boot you out without properly closing that narrative let it down. Or we've got your money, youve seen Santa, theres the door.

My son, as the other kids by the looks of it, really did believe they were going to the north pole and just as the last contributor said, my son said as walked straight outisde from giftshop, "how come we didn go back in portal and we are here again?"

Strong recommendation: Its not cheap, so please on the pathway outside the gifshop as you exit, just give a little bit of thought to trying to properly close the story loop of going to the North Pole you created. Put a few more snow covered trees, similar to when you go in the portal, to at least give parents the opportunity to tell their kids, its the portal to home etc.

When you invest so much into a believable journey to the north pole for the kids, make the return at least plausible. a double door from gift shop to outside really undid much of what was good before that.
Written 18 December 2021
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Jessica S
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Dec 2021 • Family

We visited National adventure farm on 11/12/21 specifically for the North Pole Adventure.

As a family of 2 adults and 2 children we paid £105.00 which covered the North Pole adventure and admission into the farm park.

Upon arrival we where really impressed with the entrance and the lovely atmosphere, there was music and plenty of snowy Christmas trees as well as other decorations dotted around. Staff where organised and it was easy to get our tickets and head into the experience.

Once we entered our experience we where in awe of the staff who with such enthusiasm gave our children there passports and elf coins and walked through a machine to see if they where naughty or nice! Our girls where so exited and as we entered the first phase of the experience (the portal to the North Pole) there was so much energy from the staff member you could see she was really enjoying her job and loved making all the children smile. At this point our children where bursting with excitement and as they entered a forest walkthrough into the elf town me and my partner looked at each other and smiled both of us wrapped in the magic and excited too.

Unfortunately once we arrived at the elf village the staff in the shops where uninterested and looked bored, they where youngsters probably on weekend seasonal work and you could tell. They didn’t speak or look at the children and just took their coins and handed them sweets - no interaction and our older child commented about it to us . We shook this off and joked some elves are grumpy.

As we entered the several experience rooms we unfortunately found more of the “grumpy elves” than happy ones and the magic began to totally draw from the experience and the children started to get bored and ask when they could see santa.

There where out of the 20 odd elves we came across just a handful who where truly happy to be there and playing there role well. Ribbons in the post office and Tick Tock on the bells where exceptional and if more staff had had there enthusiasm it would have been truly magnificent from
Start to finish.

Finally we where led to see Santa and this was truly wonderful although the Santa was rather young and very slim which again wasn’t too convincing to our 9yo but he was sweet and took time to talk to both girls before the photo.

We then went out the door and BOOM photo booth and a room of toys for the children to choose what they wanted. Again my 9yo asked if we had to go in a portal to the North Pole why we didn’t have to go into it to go back to the adventure farm so it would have been nice if Santa said something about the door being
Magic and taking them back or something.

Photo prices where reasonable.

Overall it was a good family afternoon out but we felt it went on for too long, instead of doing 3 or 4 experiences really well done, there are 9/10 done mediocre. Was it worth the money? We didn’t feel robbed and had staff been great all the way round then yes I’d say it would have been worth what we paid but we will not bother returning next year.

Another note is the groups where very large and it was very cramped all the way round at times there wasn’t enough for all the children to join in and so smaller children missed out as larger children races to the front each time.

Staff all wore visors which muffled three voices , microphones would be a good solution to this.

Another point is that although access to the farm is included many of the attractions where unmanned by staff and due to the weather this time of year so where not really accessible.
Written 12 December 2021
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Richard L
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited for the North Pole Adventure. The park was fully open but the weather meant we only used the indoor facilities.

The North Pole Adventure was a great idea but was let down by some of the staff who clearly didn't want to be there and were more humbug than christmas spirit. The choice of gift at the end was brilliant and the overall experience for the children was worth the cost.
Written 4 December 2021
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Derbyshire8 contributions
Nov 2021
We attended (in the snow) and it was brilliant. The play centre was clean and staff monitored, but the reason for the review is the North Pole experience. Although 1-2 'elves' had lost their steam by the time of our visit, this was by far the best Christmas experience I have been to with my kids. Superbly detailed and with many activities during our (at least) 1hr30min experience with the elves, and eventually Santa was brilliant. Quality treats, drinks, and presents during the experience also.
Written 29 November 2021
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Henry H
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Friends
Don’t bother coming here if you want to actually enjoy yourself.

This place is appalling for customer service
Attending for what I believed would be an amazing time only to have it ruined by the rudeness I received from certain members of staff. The Ques were an absolute joke as were the poor performances. NOT WORTH THE MONEY
unfortunately the lack of professionalism and decorum and FUN means I will never be attending this venue again and I will be sharing my experience with others.
Over priced , poorly run
Written 1 November 2021
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1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
I’f I could give less I would!
The place is run by incompetent staff who bully and belittle its customers.
Waited over an hour for a maze and then refused to go be able to go to the toilet, even though one was at the front of maze.
Staff made offensive accusations and physically threw one us of out for no reason. They Abused a mentally Unwell person to the point of bringing them to tears.
forceful and rude.
Entertainment was poor
Bar again long queues
Ruined Halloween
Written 31 October 2021
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Screamfest has been enjoyed by thousands of people this October. The overwhelming majority of visitors respect our staff and actors and behave in a socially acceptable manner. We will not tolerate visitors who abuse our staff, all of whom work incredibly hard to give our visitors a great night out. Therefore, due to the behaviour of members of your group, you were removed from site and the police called.
Written 1 November 2021
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9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
It was our first time at Screamfest and having read the reviews we weren’t expecting much but it was brilliant!
The actors were great and the band was tremendous. The scares were very well done - if we weren’t screaming, we were laughing.
A great night - we’ll return next year for sure.
Written 29 October 2021
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Cannock, UK73 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends

Amazing evening, lots of actors around site which gave us a scare! The mazes were brilliant and well throughout out! Fair was a bit overpriced but that’s to be expected at an event like this. Lots of jump scares in the mazes, would recommend!
Written 28 October 2021
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