A day at Finkley Down Farm

swings at Finkley Down

Saturday was our fifth wedding anniversary, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with a family day out at the farm! Ok, so the farm was more for Rosalie, but we all know that happy toddler means happy mummy and daddy, which makes for a good day all round.

Finkley Down Farm

We’d heard good things about Finkley Down from friends with children, and that it had lots of indoor areas too which seemed handy given the recent inclement weather. As it turns out, we didn’t need to be indoors, we only had one brief rain shower and the rest of the day was gloriously sunny (if a little chilly).

You might be expecting that a trip to the farm would yield lots of photos of animals, but alas, Rosalie seemed considerably more interested in the play equipment! They have lots of playhouses, slides, swings and a roundabout, all of which Rosalie loved. There is also a tall tube slide which Daddy may have enjoyed too…


play house


We fed some goats, saw the sheep racing, had a look at the owls, cows, chickens and rabbits. But above all the other animals, the guinea pigs stole Rosalie’s heart. She really wanted them to stay still so she could stroke them but they kept ‘scattering away’ (her words). She’d definitely have snuck one into her backpack when no one was looking if she could have got away with it.

Finkley Down Farm

By 5pm the park was starting to quieten down so we headed over to see if there was a trampoline free, which there was, much to Rosalie’s delight as she’d been asking to go on all day. You see I’m still a bit of a wimp when it comes to letting my baby girl rough and tumble with the bigger kids – she’s never really been on a trampoline and I had great fear that she’d be trampled! I know, I worry too much. The excitement on her little face when she was finally let loose was brilliant, she spent ages practicing her two-feet jumping, hopping around and running like a mad thing. A few other toddlers came to play with her and they had such a lot of fun together, only occasionally tripping each other up!


After a quick turn around the now-empty indoor soft play, that was it: a fun family day at the farm to celebrate five years of marriage and the very start of my little family. We rounded off our day with pizza and a movie at home, a pretty perfect end to a pretty perfect day (if you ignore the moments I got stressed with the crowds and Rosalie not wanting to see the animals…but who wants to remember those bits, right?)

Jess at Finkley Down Farm

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  • Reply
    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    May 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    That sounds like a brilliant way to celebrate – and Rosalie’s right, the guinea-pigs are adorable!!

    • Reply
      May 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Carie! xx

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