On the walk into school this morning my children were all excited to be able to share that they’d been goat walking on the weekend. Goat walking wasn’t the only thing we did at the World of Country Life but it was a particular highlight for my children. Each of them had their own goat to walk on a lead, including my three year old, who was hilarious - at no point could he be described as walking a goat when in reality the goat walked him!
The World of Country Life is a great day out for young children. Even though we went on a Saturday it was surprisingly quiet and we didn’t have to queue for anything which made it all the more enjoyable. Our visit started with the museum part of the attraction which is an odd mix of real gems, like the gypsy caravan tableau, but also some definite ‘could try harder’ exhibits, like the collection of old cameras – including some makes which I’ve still got myself in a drawer at home! My children are all under eight so were young enough to find the collections of old farm machinery interesting but I imagine older children would rush through the exhibition.
After a picnic lunch my wife and I sat on a picnic table and told our children they could go on anything in the outdoor play area called The Adventure Zone. They went on trampolines and swings and an adventure playground but spent most time racing each other on mats down a giant slide. We then all went for a play in a really great Pirate ship complete with dungeons and accompanying sea-shanties. We were the only family on the pirate ship and so were really able to let our imaginations go wild with a good half an hour or so of role play. Peg-leg Poppy and Eye-patch Iris were particularly fearsome so Deadly Dad and Risky Rowan seemed to spend most of our time locked in the dungeons.
The outside animal paddocks might have been better seen on the Deer Safari but we decided not to spend the extra £1.50 per person on that so after a quick look at the outside animals my children rushed to the soft play area and bouncy castle. Following that we went to the animal petting area and goat walking.
The second large exhibition area houses a collection of old vehicles. There were vintage cars and motorbikes as well as large steam engines and child sized cars. Sadly most of the vehicles couldn’t be sat in which seems particularly harsh when you’re a three year old boy! He’d soon forgotten about that though when he saw the peddle go-karts. We got so carried away racing that we sadly missed both the Quacky Races and the Lamb National but that just means that we’ll have to go back another time.