Its funny really, I spend a lot of time driving around Surrey, Sussex and Kent on the lookout for new and exciting places to take Monkey for quality family time and days out. Doing this sometimes mean we over look whats on our doorstep and thats exactly what I had done with Fishers Farm. I probably first discovered it about two years ago when a friend with older children mentioned it to me. Since then Monkey has been hooked, we love it so much that we are actually annual pass holders. Which is great value for money as it offers something all year round, inside and outside. Up until now we have only really experienced it during off peak times, i.e. when the older kids are at school. As Monkey is going to school in September I thought it worth checking out just how busy it gets during the holidays and if we would still be able to do all the things that Monkey loves to do. Our last visit was bang splat in the middle of the holidays on one of the hottest days of the year … so how did we get on?
I was amazed the large carpark was already starting to fill up when we arrived at opening time. They also have an overflow carpark so theres plenty of space to park. I did think at that point oh no its going to be heaving. After we collected our wrist bands we headed to Monkey’s favourite spot ‘Devil Dyke Descent’ which can only be described as a giant slide with astroturf and rubber rings!
As we were early Monkey grabbed ring an headed up to the top, there was a lady on hand to help him into it, and if he’s feeling brave give him a little push. They also have larger rings which fit adults in (wink wink). There is a little eatery with plenty of seating over looking the slide so it gave me a chance to sit in the shade and feed Kipper, while this kept Monkey entertained for pretty much the whole time.
We then headed over to the crazy golf, its a short nine hole course. Its not possible to take a buggy round but there is a buggy park right next door. There are plenty of clubs and balls which you collect from a little kiosk, I like the fact you don’t have to queue up to get the equipment you can just help yourselves.
By the time we had finished it was around 11.30 and it was hot and we needed to cool off, so we headed to the ‘Splash Attack’. Being school holidays I didn’t think we would be able to sit around it, but I was wrong as there were still plenty of deck chairs and umbrellas. There is also some benches with umbrellas and a kiosk you can buy coffee and cake, as well as swimsuits, water toys, suntan lotion and anything you have forgotten and need for water play. The umbrellas are lined up down one side of the splash pad and I am pleased to say there is plenty to go around. It was really pleasant sitting in the shade watching Monkey get drenched and make new little friends. They also have a wooden pirate ship to play on and some water bumper boats next door. The boats cost extra at £2 each and is one of the few things you need to pay for in addition to your entry fee.
There are several places to eat at Fishers Farm, we normally opt for the Saddle Rooms which is their inside restaurant. However because it was a such a nice day we ate outside in the Moo Moo Cafe. Monkey had a lunch box which came with a little toy, which is a really nice touch and not one I had expected. I had a burger, a little dubiously as I was worried it might be like cardboard, but it was delicious. The cafe also stocks a wide range of drinks and of course the obligatory ice cream.
A new feature for the Summer is ‘Fishers Fort’ which has a digger pit one side and a maze the other. Monkey had fun playing on this while I fed Kipper under an umbrella outside the cafe. Again I was surprised that we didn’t need to wait for a seat baring in mind how busy it was. This could be because they had set up marques to provide additional shade in the picnic area, plus there is the inside play barn with plenty of seating too. As you walk into the outside area you will see two notice boards, one hanging by the mini tractors and another next to the farm animals. I would recommend taking a quick photo of them so you know what is on and when.
Monkey had already requested a go on the ghost train and the tractor. I had no idea that Fishers even had a ghost train! I was a little nervous as Monkey made a little friend in the queue and ended up sitting in a different part of the ride. Thankfully it wasn’t too scary, although there was something that made you jump at the end (and Kipper cry!). Monkey decided he wanted another go and went on, on his own! We also enjoyed a ride on the tractor, the boat swings, panning for gems (which costs £1 a go) looking at the farm animals and the little fair rides. The list goes on and on!
There really is so much to do and we haven’t even touched on the inside element. Inside there are three different areas for soft play. There is ample seating in each area which are tailored to different abilities and ages, including baby sensory. In the middle there is a new coffee bar selling hot and cold drinks as well as cakes and sweet treats. Monkey tends to favour the one where they have a number of large slides and then the other end which disappears up into the ceiling.
As its such a good size if the weather is bad it is a great place to let off some steam, we have often visited just for the soft play in the Winter. Fisher’s offer a play pass for a reduced price which allows you access to the soft play and the free wifi.
Inside they have a family disco each evening and a theatre where they put on shows and festive events. I can’t even start to go into all the things they have on, but that is what makes the annual passes such good value because each time we go we get up to something different.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised that even in the Summer holidays when it was obviously packed we could get on everything we wanted and find seating in the shade at every stop. We arrived at 10am when the park opened and left just before 5pm when it shut. We ended the day sitting outside the Saddle Room Restaurant in the sun with Monkey on the bouncy castle and me sipping ice cool lemonade while feeding Kipper (again!!). I would highly recommend a visit.
Things you need to know:
- Entrance prices vary depending on the time of year you are visiting, individuals are £15.75 during peak times and £12.75/£9.75 at others. Their concession ticket which covers children aged 2 and senior citizens is £13.75 during peak times, £10.75/£7.75 at other times. A playzone pass which covers the softplay only is £3 for adults and £7 for children. We pay £17 per month for two individual tickets which we can use 263 days of the year.
- On their website there is a calendar which shows peak, mid and non peak times. They are open all year apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
- Opening hours are 10am – 5pm, although the outside activities will shut at dusk during the Winter. Also in lower peak times some activities may not be running.
- More information is available on the Fishers Farm Park website
- Address – Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex RH14 0EG
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