Longdown Farm

longdown farm

I have been concentrating on things to do in Dorset on my blog, but we live a stones throw from the Hampshire border so we have decided to start exploring.

There are so many fun things to do in Hampshire that it was difficult choosing where to go first.  My dad lives in Hythe, near Southampton to so decided to pick something close to him so we could visit at the same time.

Longdown Farm is situated in Ashurst, New Forest.  The farm promises a daily schedule of activities which run throughout the day meaning you won’t miss out no matter what time you arrive.

You can bottle-feed the kid goats and the calves, feed the ducks, meet the pigs, donkeys and ponies.  They even have baby rabbits and chicks to cuddle, plus lots more friendly animals to see.

We arrived at Longdown Farm at 11am on Good Friday to glorious weather.  I think everyone had the same idea as the overflow car park was full to bursting.  I was surprised that we had to cross a busy road to get to the farm, which with young children isn’t ideal.  I would like to see some sort of pedestrian crossing or bridge to make it safer.

Once we finally made it over to the other side of the road we had a 15 minute queue to get inside, however there were some piglets playing in their pen beside us which kept the children amused.  Once we were in the kids spotted a chance to stretch their legs on the tractors whilst hubby and Kian played some table tennis.

Longdown Farm

Once they had finished we set off to explore the lots of brilliant farmyard buildings that stretched out in front of us.

Longdown Farm

We found Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and the cutest chicks and Hens.  The kids tried to find some eggs, but sadly there were none.  If you do find some, you can buy them and take them home to eat!

As we headed in to see the kids (baby Goats) we realised that we had missed the bottle feeding, however we got a chance to stroke them and then headed off to feed the adults next door.

Longdown Farm

The kids were given trays with food on, which proved quite difficult to hold with the goats all clamoring to get to it. Isaac decided that he preferred to feed them by hand and giggled as they tickled him with their tongues.

Each barn is equipped with soap and warm water so you can wash your hands after each activity, so we cleaned up once we had finished and headed outside.  By now the kids were hungry so headed for the picnic area, stopping to say hello to a couple of turkey’s on the way.

Longdown Farm

The picnic / play area is huge and despite being busy it didn’t feel overcrowded.  There are not many wooden benches so we set up our picnic on the grass and watched what was going on around us.  The kids spotted a tractor ride and I was surprised to find out that it was free, so I queued for it whilst the kids finished their lunch.

Longdown Farm

We have no photo’s of Isaac as he found a friend and was off playing with him but Eliza had a whale of a time playing on all the equipment they had to offer.

We then headed off to see what other animals we could find.

Longdown Farm

We also found an indoor play area and a trampoline barn but people were literally queuing to use both so we didn’t get to try them.  

There are other activities on offer that cost extra e.g. Go Karts and Pony Rides but thankfully there was enough to do to keep the kids occupied and it was so busy we couldn’t get near the tearoom.

We did pay a visit to the farm shop though and brought home some delicious bacon!  They sell lots of produce from the farm and you can even buy a chicken coop and chickens if you fancy keeping your own!

Have a look at their events page, as Longdown host numerous special days throughout the year.  I quite fancy attending the Vintage Rally.

I did have a couple of grumbles on the day.  The toilets are situated in a portacabin type block and were up steps, which with young children can be difficult and they were not pleasant.  There were also no baby changing facilities, so I had to change Sebastian on the grass, which was no issue as it was warm but if it was raining I would have been stuck.

I give Longdown farm a 3/5 rating.

I leave you with this rather blunt, but to-the-point sign about their tractor rides!


21 thoughts on “Longdown Farm

  1. Hannah says:

    There are two lots of changing facilities, one in the disabled toilet and a baby room too, near the horses! Probably not well signed but definitely there!

  2. Looks lovely. I think I would enjoy a day like this… a lot!
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  3. I love that sign!

    We love going to the farm – I think we’re going to one over bank holiday weekend x x
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  4. We are only a 10 min drive from Longdown. We love going in the weekdays when it is less busy. We have always found the lack of changing facilities a pain. I often have to change my little man in the car. X
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  5. Beautiful pictures, the place looks great and perfect for taking children.
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  6. I love farms that have a lot going on for them! THis one looks great 🙂

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  7. lori says:

    What a great day out! F loves any type of farm that has those small ride on tractors even though he can’t quite work the pedals. x
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  8. I’m bookmarking this as we are heading that way in the summer, fingers crossed!
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  9. This place looks fabulous! Great photos! #countrykids
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  10. I am quite speechless after reading the sign!!! I suppose you could say it’s to the point. Needless to say you all had a great day out and the sun was shining which makes it all the better. Animals and play areas are always a winning combination for children, thanks for linking up and sharing your fun and lovely photos of the family with Country Kids.
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  11. I love activity farms for the children, and this looks like a good one too, though the toilets/baby change situation isn’t great if you have younger children…thanks for a great review!
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  12. abigail says:

    Looks like such a good place, with lots to offer! Hopefully your comments will help them improve too!
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  13. An honest review! Thanks for sharing. #countrykids
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  14. TheBoyandMe says:

    What a wonderful farm with so many great things to do, and the sunlight makes everything look magical. You’re doing well with your dSLR btw 😉

    Nipping over from Country Kids.
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  15. Looks like such an amazing place for kids to explore, I think Dylan would love it!
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  16. Debbie says:

    It looks like a great day- nothing worse than everyone having the same idea 🙂
    I do hope the recommendation of improved traffic safety is considered as it looks like it ticks a lot of family fun boxes.
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  17. Polly says:

    great review, we have family near there so must remember it for next time we visit x
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  18. Great revew. I would need changing facilities as knowing my luck it would rain and I am sick of changing her in the back of the car 🙂 x
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  19. Emily says:

    Great review. I like reviews like this that give those little insights for families visiting. Thank you (I do love that sign!lol)

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