*My Buckt box was provided free of charge as part of an ongoing collaboration, however, all opinions are my own as usual
Another month, another Buckt box. As usual, our duo box contained five new activities across the North West for us to experience (if you missed it and are wondering what I’m on about, you can read my introduction to Buckt here).
Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, I didn’t have time to take full advantage of my box this month but that’s the beauty of Buckt – you can try out as few or as many activities as you like.
Here is what March’s box contained:
It felt like I hadn’t been outdoors properly in an age and had been craving some fresh air so I booked the Tatton Park’s Farm option for me and Adam to visit last Sunday. It took around 45 mins to drive from Manchester centre and we arrived at 10am.
Tatton Park’s Farm is a short walk from the car park and Adam and I walked down the lane to discover that the farm is only open from 12 – 4pm so decided to grab a coffee at the nearby cafe to kill some time.
When my girls were younger, we would visit a local farm at least three times a year, however, now that they’re teenagers, this has become obsolete. I was slightly worried that we’d be the only people there without kids but there were plenty of other couples and groups without children.
Spring is absolutely my favourite time of year and we were lucky enough to visit the farm during lambing season. There was also a litter of newborn piglets, as well as various rare breeds of adult pigs including the Tamworth, Middle White, Berkshire, Saddleback and Large Black.
One of the adult pigs actually trotted over to the fence as we walked by and was more than happy to be stroked behind the ear. We also ‘made friends’ with Aunt Frosty and Hew; two donkeys, alongside numerous chickens, cockerels, shire horses and goats.
Besides the animals, there are plenty of heritage farm buildings to explore, including a thought-provoking slaughterhouse. This is designed with a ‘Farm to Fork’ project in mind and to educate visitors about the journey the animals make to ultimately end up on our plates, from the different cuts of meat to the importance of good animal husbandry.
Despite taking our time, we’d managed to see everything at the farm within an hour, however, we did miss the play areas so if you have young children, I reckon you could add another 30 mins or so onto the trip and, if you wanted to make a full day of it, the mansion and gardens are close by.
One slight grumble that I feel obliged to mention is the £7 parking fee. It seemed rather steep for a National Trust property (National Trust members also have to pay this) and I later found out that Tatton Park is actually financed and staffed by East Cheshire Council.
There are also fees to visit each of the three attractions – the farm entry was £7 per adult, £5 per child and half price for NT members – so make you sure budget in advance or it could quickly become a costly day out. That said, it was a pleasant enough hour or two and worth a nosey if you haven’t been before.
Another picture with my eyes closed because of course. Must do better Lisa.