Last year my mother in law stumbled across a write up on Studfold Farm in a local Yorkshire magazine, it looked interesting but it was the back end of the season and so we saved it on the to do list to visit in the new season. The centre has a camping and static site and so the trail and cafe are only open through the caravan season (April – October), open every day in the Yorkshire school holidays and every weekend.
It is around a 40 minute journey from where we stay in Ripley, and is fairly accessible from all directions.
At Easter the trail is focused upon an easter egg hunt and you have to find all the golden bunnies around the walk. The scenery is fabulous and although the walk is up and down – we managed with the buggy (someone was napping when we first arrived and he is the DEVIL if he is woken). Along the way there is various activity stations or points of interest along the way, including a bird hide, den building area and a peddle car track.
Our favourite sections were definitely the Fairy villages and the boys both enjoyed taking a toy each out of the swap box and replacing the favour with two small games we had saved for the occasion. The Easter decorations are really nice and all the activities, golden bunnies and eggs are well maintained, and appears if staff check the areas throughout the day to ensure that everyone has a good experience.
Once up at the play area and barn – the views are lovely and there was plenty of picnic benches scattered around to enjoy a picnic. If you leave your picnic at the reception they will have it brought up to the barn ready for you getting there. A really handy idea and one we certainly would of taken advantage of if we didn’t have the buggy. you can also order a picnic lunch from the cafe to be delivered too and from looking at the menu the pricing is reasonable.
We sat and had lunch while the kids ran backwards and forwards playing. The biggest highlight had to be the self serve tea and coffee station in the barn where you could grab a brew for 70p. Its the simple things that make for a good day out for both adults and the kids.
On our return at the end of the trail the staff in the centre and cafe were very friendly and took a genuine interest in the answers that Zach had filled out – helping to figure out which bunnies we had missed and the answer to the last question he could not answer. For an extra 50p a Cadburys chocolate easter egg was the price for completing the trail which obviously thrilled Zach no end!
Once at the end of the trail you can also complete a couple of craft projects, which is nice to end to a lively few hours.
All in all it was a really nice day out. A lot of thought has gone into the different areas and its great to have the ability to take the dog along with us too. Although he did bark repeatedly when we were playing on the peddle cars half way round as he was desperate to join in the fun. Fairly sure he thinks he is a human!
We will definitely be returning to this super find in the summer to do the Fairy trail and make the Easter trail an annual visit like our other favourites down here in Harrogate.