Hobbledown Children’s Farm – Epsom Surrey

Hobbledown Fairy

We have been going to Hobbledown now for just over a year, it really is the children’s farm with a difference, partly because there is so much more going on there and the play areas are immense. I can not possibly cover it all in this post but hopefully I will be able to give you a flavour. They are also winners of the Trip Advisers Certificate of Excellence, so its not just me that thinks this place is amazing.

Hobbledown We arrived around lunchtime and headed over to the covered picnic area near the entrance to eat. I really like the fact that there are a lot of tables in the shade. Even though it was really busy in the carpark we didn’t have any problems getting a table. You also have the option of buying food there and they sell a good selection  or healthy wraps and rice pots for the kids, as well as some very tempting looking cupcakes! The cafe area (Hobnosh) is right next to the huge indoor soft play area – complete with flashing dance floor. One end is more your traditional softplay which we have been known to get lost in. At the other a wooden structure with tunnels, rooms and foam balls which you can shot out of cannons. We have an annual pass as we love it so much, and so we have often just come up to use the soft play when the weathers bad. I have always been impressed by how clean it is.

Hobbledown Play Barn

Right next to the covered seating area is a sandy play area. On this visit I didn’t get any photos as we wanted to head off and see the animals. However I have very fond memories of crawling around on my hands and knees following Monkey through little wooden tunnels just before his second birthday. On top of the tunnels are various rooms with puzzles in the them to test their brain power and then outside a climbing area made up of wooden boxes.

HobbledownThere is a theme going on throughout the farm park of ‘Hobblers’ who look after the animals and are the inhabitants of Hobbledown. All the structures in the farm try to reflect this, including the animals homes!  As far as the animals are concerned it is pretty much a traditional farm with a few additions. The animals include – goats, otters (we watched feeding time this visit), merrkats, racoon dogs, owls, cattle, sheep, pigs, parrots, alpacas, shetland ponies, donkeys and also a petting area where we met rabbits and guinea pigs today.

Hobbledown

The play areas have been divided up into different age groups which really works well. Today we spent most of our time in an sandy area with a large wide slide and lots of opportunity to get wet!

Hobbledown play area

HobbledownThere was a number of wooden faces that would spurt out water when a sensor is covered over, Monkey had great fun filling up his water bottle and then emptying it and filling it up again! There are some pails on chains which can be filled and then transported into the mine. Monkey loves filling them and then patiently transferring the water from one to another. We also had a great time on the bouncing pillows. However one thing I would say is in the heat they get very hot! Monkey originally went on without socks and came of crying! So if you do visit then take  pair of socks with you! For the slightly older children (5+) there is a Hobbledown Village, with its raised platforms and wire tunnels that link it all together. There are also some enclosed slides which Monkey had his heart set on but its not straight forward to get up to them – it will be something he can look forward to for another day.

Hobbledown village

They have also added a couple of new attractions this year, Monkey is only 95cm so he could not take advantage of either although he really wanted to. Firstly Zorbs:

Hobbledown Zorbs

Hobbledown Climbing TowersThey are recommended for children over the age of 5 and need to be 1 metre in height. You must wear socks but they looked great fun and there is no extra cost to go on them. The other are the climbing towers which again you need to be a metre heigh for.

They also have the high ropes for children who are over 1.3m tall. Please note though that they only operate during peak times but look great fun.

Other attractions on offer include;

  • Face painting (£3 per person)
  • Birds of Prey show – at 1.30pm
  • Puppet shows & precessions
  • Various animal talks and feeding sessions spread throughout the day so its doest matter when you arrive

Things we really like

  • I love, that there is so much attention to detail – one of the games which the kids can play as they go round is hunting for crystallite which can be exchanged for a prize on the way out.
  • They have activities for all different age groups
  • Every time we go theres something new on and theres lots to see and do
  • They do not let adults in without children
  • Its non smoking throughout
  • They offer educational notices through out the farm park on all the animals and some other items such as the oak tree below.

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You can find out more on their extensive website here – Hobbledown. It is also possible to book tickets online, under 2s are fee, children over 2 are £13.50, over 18s £12.50 and over 65s £7.00. They are open 9am – 7pm during school holidays and until 8pm at the weekends, different times apply during term time, and certain activities are only avalaible during the weekends or holidays. All outside areas close at dusk.

We had a fantastic time, I hope you do to if you visit.

Mudpie xx

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33 Comments

  1. Coombe Mill

    Hobbledown looks like the perfect place to go for a day out in the fresh air away from electronics. It’s fab that they’ve got so many different activities on top of the farm side of things and that they’ve got activities targeted to kids of all ages and abilities. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  2. CalifornianMumLondon (@CalifornianMum)

    We love Hobbledown, but we haven’t been in months. We try and go on Inset days as it is a bit cheaper than the peak day prices, and not as busy. #mondayescapes

  3. Crysta @ WellWornSuitcase

    What a fun place to go on an adventure! And thanks for sharing the height requirements – it is so frustrating for us to go somewhere and find out my little girl isn’t tall enough. She’s little for her age, so it has gotten to be something I really make a point of checking.

  4. bavariansojourn

    My sister visits Hobbledown a lot, and I have always wondered what it looked like as it sounds great! Now I know! 🙂 Emma

  5. Jenny

    Wow! No wonder you have a season pass. It looks amazing! Definitely a great place to visit over and over. How cute are the otters that are getting fed and I love the little houses. I would have so much fun exploring there, never mind the kids!
    When we were on holiday there were lots of bouncy castles, but no one was ever on them as it was too hot and your feet get burned, never occurred to me to put socks on! Thanks for that obvious (but not to me!) tip! 🙂 x
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    1. mudpiefridays

      It’s brilliant 🙂 I felt bad when he came off straight away! Should have thought really, it would be good if they had put a sign up warning parents, the kids run off and there’s not always a lot you can do :(. Thank you for hosting xx

  6. klimburn

    This looks a lovely day out. Love that the extras like the zorbs are not an additional cost – too many places do that. Lots to look forward to on future visits too. Amazing that they have otters – that’s very cool and loving the name – Hobbledown – sounds like they should have hobbits! #whatevertheweather

  7. mytravelmonkey

    One of the best things we brought was an annual membership to Hobbledown. We’ve been going for over three years and Monkey still never gets bored! He still hasn’t got big enough for the bigger adventures in the outside area! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  8. sherry

    This looks like an amazing place to go, we love visiting Surrey, it’s so close to us, so this may well be one of our next days out. Thanks for the inspiration #whatevertheweather

  9. chloelifeunexpected

    This place looks fantastic. The play areas are so beautiful as well. I love the crooked looking houses in the play zones. It’s brilliant that they have activities for all different age groups because every time you go you can try something new. I am so jealous that there is zorbing here. I’ve always wanted to go, it’s on my bucket list but the nearest zorbing place to us is booked up at the moment months in advance. This is also the second time this week I’ve heard of bouncing pillows. Are they just a trampoline? if not then I don’t think we have any down here in Cornwall (that might be a stupid question haha). Thank you so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather x

    1. mudpiefridays

      Bouncing pillows are sort of like a trampoline cross bouncy castle – same material as a bouncy castle but shaped like a pillow? Does that make sense? They are good fun once they are really steady on their feet! I hope you get into the Zorbing place – maybe you could offer to review it and they could bump you? 🙂 worth ago? Thank you for hosting xx

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