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Activities for kids near London | Hobbledown Adventure Farm


Hobbledown Adventure Farm

We hobbled down to Hobbledown Adventure Farm recently to check out this essential family day out: the only place near London where you can combine meerkats, fairies, aerial adventures, jumping pillows and underground tunnels all in one fun-packed hit.


All the fun in a nutshell

Hobbledown Adventure Farm

Play equipment


Willow maze

Dual zip lines

Hobbledown Village

Zorbs

High ropes

Jumping pillow (x 2)

Fenn's Castle

Water Pillow

Hoddler Huts

Crystallite Mine

Wicker Basket Swing

Teepee

Yurt

Courtyard Play Village

Playbarn and restaurant (indoors)

Tag Archery Arena


Animals


Camels

Nilgai

Birds of prey (including a raptor show!)

Rhea

Wallabies

Mara

Lorikeets

Lemurs

Meerkats

Coatis

Otters

Giant tortoises

Goats

Sheep

Rabbits

Prairie Dogs

Pigs

Alpacas

Ponies

Donkeys

Zebras


As you can see from the extensive lists above, there's a LOT to see and do at Hobbledown, so make sure you come armed with comfy footwear and that the whole fam is kitted out in clothes you can climb, run and have fun in! We had an absolute blast checking it all out, but our personal highlights, as voted for by the kids and grownups alike were:


Hobbledown Village


Hobbledown Adventure Farm
Keeping busy. Photography: London for Kidz

This is an adventure playground on steroids, folks, and it'll keep the offspring amused for a long ol' time, so make sure you grab a snack and a coffee from the onsite restaurant before parking your bottom and watching the kids go wild. Think slides, climbing walls, tunnels, rope bridges and plenty more. There are also some super cool, smaller playgrounds for younger tots to keep busy with.


Archery

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
Family fun at its best. Photography: London for Kidz

We all had a go at this nifty activity, which is free and run by super friendly staff who are on hand to help you pick up your Robin Hood/Katniss skills.


High Ropes

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
When your child is braver than you are... Photography: London for Kidz

At just £2 extra per person this 70 metre long sky trail, nestling 3.5 metres above the ground, is a high jinks adventure comprising wobbly bridges, rickety crossings and a whopping 40m zipline to finish. Laughter guaranteed. Note: kiddos need to be 1.3 metres or taller to navigate the High Ropes, and the course is only open during weekends and school hollibobs.


The animals

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
These cuties deffo gave us the warm and fuzzies. Photography: London for Kidz

We love a farm, and this one doesn't disappoint with its plethora of familiar and exotic animals. We can't pick a fave, but we did have a huge soft spot for the giant bunnies...


Jumping and water pillows

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
That is the look of victory over the kids in a pillow dual. Photography: London for Kidz

Covid-safe restrictions are in safe so we did have to queue a little while for the jumping pillows and the water pillow, but the whole family agreed that this was a stack load of fun!


Crystallite Mine

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
He was still smiling when we came back for him. Photography: London for Kidz

Not only did the tunnels around the Crystallite Mine prove quite the expedition, but putting Mr.9 in the stocks and then hiding around the corner was a huge source of merriment for us all! Disclaimer: we did come back for him.


Essential deets

Hobbledown Adventure Farm
Time to book your adventure! Photography: London for Kidz

Address: Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Horton, KT19 8PT


Opening times: Monday - Friday during term time, 9am - 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm). Weekends and Holidays, 8.30am - 6.30pm (last entry 5.30pm).


Ticket costs: Tickets start at £15 when arriving after 2pm on weekdays and £18 after 3pm on weekends. Tickets are valid for a four hour stay in the Park. If it is not busy you may be permitted to stay longer. Tickets are non-refundable but the date of admission can be changed if you are self-isolating. Disabled guests may bring a carer free of charge.


Website: www.hobbledown.com


Now all you need to do is book, go, and have the most of awesome of days!


* Disclaimer: Tickets for Hobbledown were gifted to London for Kidz for the purposes of this guide.


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