This weekend, we spent the day at Marsh Farm in Essex, visiting their special “Welly Weekends” Peppa Pig event. Craig, Alfie and I went with some good friends who’s little boy is the same age as Alfie – and obsessed with Peppa Pig! Marsh Farm promised lots of muddy puddles for splashing around in and a chance to meet the famous Peppa Pig! If this wasn’t exciting enough, all the usual activities were available – farm animals, tractor rides, indoor soft play barn, outdoor playground – including an awesome carousel and teacup rides – plus a fun theatre show too! We were very excited to attend.
We arrived at 11am and it was FREEZING! The ground was hard and frosty and we all needed to wrap up very warm. It was very busy and we saw lots of people arriving at the same time as us. You can see how grey the sky was and the sun was just trying to peep through. Alfie had his splash suit and wellies on ready to get soaked, as well as his scarf, hat and many layers underneath to keep warm!
When we entered we were given a timetable of events which helped us decide what to do. The Peppa Pig Story Time was starting shortly so we decided to head over to the Barn Theatre for this. Alfie was being a little grumpy as he was tired but it did mean he sat nicely and listened to the story! We had Bam Bam, who is one of the entertainers, read us a story about a giant muddy puddle! It was very on theme for the event and the kids loved it! Bam Bam is a great entertainer who kept all the kids involved in the story and stopped them getting restless.
Straight after the story we went to see Peppa herself! She was doing a meet and greet every hour throughout the day so you had lots of opportunities to meet her. Everyone stood round a set of barriers in a circle and she walked round greeting everyone and her helper took photos for us. It was a great system and meant no-one got missed. We don’t watch Peppa often so I wasn’t sure if Alfie would know who she was but as soon as he saw her, he got very excited! He had a big smile on his face and was waving and saying hello to her. It was only a quick meeting but Alfie loved it!
Next we walked round for a ride on the play tractors. Alfie suddenly had a burst of energy and was having a whale of a time! Daddy sat him on a tractor and drove round with him. Unfortunately the real tractor had broken down so wasn’t running.
There is a brilliant playground that we had a quick go on, and then we went on the carousel. This is included in the entrance price and no extra cost involved! Alfie was a bit unsure of the carousel until it actually started moving but then he loved it! He was waving at Daddy every time we went by. It was very cute.
By this time is was lunchtime so we headed over to the play barn to get some food. The Play Barn is amazing – a huge indoor soft play centre, with a smaller part for the younger children and a bigger part for the older children. It also has lots of tables and chairs and serves hot food all day. Unfortunately it was extremely busy and there were no free tables, so we had to leave. Fortunately, there is another restaurant called Tilly’s Tearoom which we managed to get a table in. They don’t have as extensive menu as the play barn, but do serve a range of jacket potatoes, soup, chips and sausage or bacon baguette for the adults and also have a good sized children’s menu. Craig and I went for a sausage baguette and Alfie had chicken nuggets, chips and beans. The meals were excellent, especially Alfie’s as the nuggets are real pieces of chicken rather than the big standard processed stuff you get in some places. Also the hot chocolate I had was AMAZING and I’m very fussy about my hot chocolate – it must be hit and taste of chocolate (you’d think that would be standard right?! Not in some places!) We spent just under £20 for three meals and two hot drinks, which I thought was fairly reasonable for an attraction like Marsh Farm.
The food took about 15 minutes to arrive and there was an apology for how long it took. This completely wasn’t needed given how busy the place was, I definitely expected to wait longer!
After we finished eating, we headed back to the Barn Theatre for the magic show! This was taken again by Bam Bam and I have to say he such a brilliant entertainer. So funny and great at making the adults laugh as well as the kids, but without being too cheesy or too rude! Our friends little boy found him hilarious, especially when his pet monkey came out. He couldn’t stop laughing!
Alfie was quite tired so was just chilling on Daddy’s lap during this bit but was rocking out to the music and clapping and waving through some parts. It was nice to spend some time in the warm as well!
After this we did a quick nappy change and then went to go on the tea cups. We had a short wait and then it was our turn. Alex was the attendant in charge and he was very chipper and friendly!
Alfie loved it! Afterwards he kept saying “round and round and round” and wanted to go back on! Mummy felt a bit dizzy afterwards though!
After a quick ride, off we went to find the Welly Throwing competition on the field. This was being run by our favourite BamBam and again he made it such good fun. We arrived a little late and they had already started but Bam Bam invited the late comers to join in at the end, so Alfie went up and had a go. He was very good at waiting his turn, and then did an almighty throw of the welly! It landed about 20cm in front of him – but it was a good effort and he ran off back to Daddy cheering and clapping himself!
Throughout the day we had also stopped off to visit the various animals – we were on a farm after all! We saw sheep, cows, birds and pigs! They also had a couple of goats walking round and a pony in the stable (who we avoided as he wasn’t very nice last time!)
At the end of the day, we had a very tired little monkey! We had done so much, but still didn’t get time for a play in the soft play which was a shame as Alfie always enjoys it. Overall we had a brilliant day and Marsh Farm go to so much effort to make sure the kids enjoy themselves. I’ve never seen a place where the staff actually seem to love their jobs, and try so hard to involve all the children and ensure they enjoy themselves. We had a thoroughly good time and the Peppa Pig events just made it that much better. Although there weren’t a huge amount of muddy puddles due to the weather, this couldn’t be helped (and we did find some in the car park on the way out!)
We had such an amazing day, and now we are delighted to be able to offer you the same experience! Marsh Farm have kindly given us a family ticket for up to four people to be used at their second Welly Weekend event on 28-29 January 2017. If you are available to attend next weekend, please head over to the Something About Baby facebook page, where you have a chance to enter. The competition is open until Thursday evening, and winners will be contacted first thing Friday morning in order to be able to receive their ticket for use on Saturday or Sunday. Good luck!
Disclaimer: We were kindly given tickets to the Marsh Farm Peppa Pig event, however all reviews are my own honest opinion.