Hobbledown is a nearby farm, playground and soft play about 20 minutes drive from where we live. We are really lucky to have such a great place nearby. We went last month when Moozles had an INSET day. It is much cheaper going on a weekday in term time than during school holidays or weekends (£41.60 for our family of four rather than £52). This is not the cheapest day out, but there is so much fun to be had at Hobbledown.
Our visits always begin in the farm area. Besides the standard pigs, sheep and chickens that one would expect to find, there are also meerkats, otters and a mara. Then we let the kids run around in the playground and jump on the bouncy pillows. There is a super cool climbing structures in Hobbledown Village. Moozles tried to climb it last year and Husband had to climb into a small wire tube to fetch her. Eek. Maybe next year.
Once we have had our fill of fresh air, we then go inside into the Play Barn. We completely bypass the huge sandpit. Sand. Ugh. Anyway, the Play Barn has the normal soft play stuff but also a castle playhouse and climbing pegs. Both kids love it. Husband and I get to sit down and drink tea while the kids work up an appetite. There is outside seating, and you could even bring a picnic. Have I ever mentioned that Husband doesn’t like picnics? So we always eat in the Play Barn. It’s not too expensive and the kids always enjoy their meals. And they never want to leave. But by 1pm/2pm, Hobbledown is heaving so we head home. If you’re not far from Epsom, Surrey, I definitely recommend a day at Hobbledown.