This attraction is always worth a visit, especially with children. I visited today with three grandchildren aged 2, 3 and 4. Since our visit last year I'm pleased to note the lovely play area is now restricted to age 10 and under which makes it far more pleasant for younger children.
The staff and volunteers are always very pleasant and helpful.
I was disappointed in the wild flower meadow. Last year it was a riot of colour and divergent species. This year it is dominated by buttercup, with red clover and yellow rattle. Most other species have been crowded out. There is a science to managing such meadows which has not been followed even granted the difficulties of a clay soil.
But the biggest disappointment was the cafe. At lunch time only on person appeared to be taking orders and for this we had to queue up. Despite there being only one other person ahead of us we were waiting far too long. I was getting impatient when I noticed the Children's Menu. A child's very basic lunch and drink should not cost almost £5. This is not in line with other cafes locally. I can perhaps understand if the meal was for a strapping 12-year old, but they could offer a cheaper mini-meal option for littlies.
As there was no indication we would be served any time soon and as no other staff were to be seen we left and ate elsewhere, locally.
All in all this attraction has much to offer. With just a few tweaks it could be excellent.
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