Cogges Manor Farm is steeped in history but bang up to date for lots of family fun. Nominated for several awards, they have won the ‘Most Family Friendly’ category in the Best in Witney Awards. There’s plenty to keep everyone occupied and although most of the attractions are outside, there is still enough to keep you entertained inside too.
The 13th century manor house is a beautiful backdrop and a fascinating visit. Every weekend and bank holiday they have traditional cooking on the old Victorian rang, have fun dressing up in the parlour with old costumes or venture into the 17th century farm buildings to understand more about butter making in the old dairy. All the volunteers are very friendly and great at talking to children.
As you venture outside, the kitchen garden is beautifully laid out and bursting with fruit and vegetables. Both my kids were fascinated to explore the garden and run up and down.
Outside the manor house itself, Cogges Manor Farm is full of a variety of activities.
Cogges Manor Farm has a long tradition of keeping animals. There are three types of ducks and you’ll see the merrily waddling about. Their eggs are available to buy from the farm shop. I love that their chickens are ex battery rescue chickens who get a fresh start as well as rare breeds strutting their stuff.
You can pick up food from the farm shop when you arrive and feed the noisy pigs, they know immediately what’s coming. Shetland ponies, sheep, guinea pigs and rabbits are also all on site. Animal handling is run by volunteers at 12 and 2pm every weekend.
The adventure play area at Cogges Manor is great. There’s plenty of space on the large timber fort to climb, hide, slide down and play fun imaginative games. There’s also a zip wire for rapid exits if the pirates are after you or a wobbly bridge to test your balance skills.
Around the adventure play area, you can explore further into the wooded area. Den making is a must as well as balancing along fallen logs or just exploring and looking for bugs.
Mini Soft Play
If it’s a little cold or you get caught out in the rain, one of the farm buildings also has a mini soft play
Eating and Drinking
There are lots of areas that are perfect for a picnic. My personal favourite is in the apple orchard. If you fancy a hot drink and something made for you then there is a lovely café. There are plenty of tables outside the café and a timber tractor so the kids can go and play and you can still keep an eye on them.
On top of all of the above, there are also family focused events that run at Cogges Manor Farm so keep a look out on the website for the latest details.
One thing to note in advance is that there is a short walk from the car park to the farm but it’s clearly marked and the path is wide enough for a pushchair. If you’re using sat nav then the use OX28 3FR to get to the Cogges Hill Road car park.