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Review of Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm
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Owner description: Mary Arden's Farm is closed for the winter and reopens 10 March 2018. The Farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother. Today you can experience all the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm, just as it would have been when Shakespeare was a boy. Watch "Tudors" go about their daily routine, see rare breed animals and explore nature trails. There are daily falconry displays and archery at weekends and in school holidays. There is a playground for children from 2 upwards, a picnic area and a cafe. Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the season so there is always something new to see and do.The Farm is open seasonally from Easter to the end of October half-term.The Farm is 3 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon in the village of Wilmcote. There are buses and trains to Wilmcote. The train journey takes 5 minutes and the Farm is a short walk from Wilmcote rail station. It is also a pleasant walk along the canal from the centre of Stratford.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

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.

3  Thank warwicker
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SBT_Marketing, Marketing Officer at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Mary Arden’s Farm.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit overall and that your grandchildren found the play area more inviting since it became age restricted.

I am however very disappointed to learn of your experience of the cafe and have forwarded your comments to the appropriate person for review. We take these issues very seriously so thank you for taking the time to feed back to us.

I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us again soon and enjoy the positive experience that we aim to provide all our visitors.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Rather than just preserving the farm, they have actually occupied it and made sure it is running - in the same way during the Tudor times as much as possible. People were doing the traditional farm chores around the farm. At the farmhouse kitchen, there were people cooking (over a fire too, without using gas or electricity). There were farm animals (all enclosed though), and also other activities to entertainment guests, like archery and falconry displays. We had a great time here.

2  Thank Goomba81
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

A real treat, absolutely fascinating. Having bought a combo ticket we thought we would take just a quick look but we were so enchanted by the enthusiasm of the staff, the plethora of interesting facts, the high quality of the demonstrations, the magnificent preservation of the unique buildings that the brief visit lasted most the day. We were captivated by various activities displayed and the high quality of the information. My only regret was than my grandchildren were not with me; a very painless way for them to have learnt so much about life in Tudor times.

1  Thank Wirralwanderer_12
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

First time to Shakespeare's birthplace and visited all five properties. The guides, staff and the characters were fantastic and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Bought the tickets on line so got good value.

2  Thank Claretsully
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were surprised and pleased that we visited Mary Arden's farm - many staff dressed in Tudor costume and demonstrating everyday life during the period. We will certainly ensure we keep a dead frog in the house to prevent plague in future and we loved the falconry display, very jokey and fun for the children and us big kids too! Lovely gardens and a pleasant lunch in the restaurant where a good selection of lunchtime fare was on offer, both hot and cold. Recommended, especially in tandem with the other Shakespeare related properties in the vicinity, the combo ticket is a real winner.

1  Thank Sue B
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