Record-breaking attendance over the Christmas holiday was the icing on the cake for the Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park.
The adventure park near Berkeley in South Gloucestershire has won its third Certificate of Excellence in a row from Trip-Advisor on the back of a stack of glowing reviews ranging from brilliant to amazing. The overall attraction rating was 4.5.
General Manager Stuart Burnell was over the moon with the better-than-ever attendance figures and feedback from visitors – and promised even more improvements in 2019.
He said: “We are part-way through an ambitious investment programme to expand the restaurant and improve visitor facilities. The new restaurant should be ready in time for the summer and will also provide a number of additional jobs locally. 2018 was over best year ever with visitors travelling from as far as Cornwall to see the calves, lambs and piglets as well as the highly popular unicorns.
“After the success of our unicorn events we have teamed up with ‘Pampered Ponies’ to run Pony Riding Weekends starting on Saturday January 26 and continuing until March.”
The adventure farm park – opened in the early 1990s with just an indoor play barn on a working farm – has expanded its range of activities to keep the whole family happy.
From exploring the Maize Maze in summer, to climbing the ramparts of the recently extended Kids Berkeley Castle, a wooden rival to the historic stronghold just down the road. In addition to the many attractions, boating lake, trampolines, slides and soft-play youngsters also have an opportunity to find out how the farm works, with a large number of animal activities, farm trail walks and tractor rides.
Stuart said: “We aim to keep children busy from 10am until 4pm with a full range of all-weather activities. We also encourage an understanding of what farms do, covering basic animal husbandry, rare breeds, agriculture– and also look at living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of enjoying the open air.”