Green Dragon Eco Farm

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I’d seen the Green Dragon Rare Breeds & Eco Centre recommended by other mums on various Facebook pages so decided it would be worth trying out with my two boys and I’m glad we did.

This can easily be a full day family trip out.  We arrived at 11:30am and after 5 hours of non stop running around, I had to drag home two very tired boys, who would have happily kept playing.

There’s plenty to do at the Green Dragon Eco Farm without it being spread over too wide an area and all the staff were really friendly too.

See the Animals

The animals were one of the highlights of our trip, we purchased some animal food when we arrived (only 50p for a good big bag) and could choose ducks and chickens or goats and sheep.  The ducks were very excited to be fed while the chickens a little less so.  There were also a good selection of very friendly goats as well as pigs, sheep, horses and small animals like rabbits and gerbils.

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There are a number of demonstrations on at regular intervals throughout the day from meeting the lambs, stroking the small pets and pony grooming.  You can see the animals both inside as well as walking around the small grassy paddocks outside.

Green Dragon Outdoor Play

There’s a lovely big play park at the Green Dragon Eco Farm with a large climbing frame and slides for the older ones as well as something for the little ones.  The sandpit is huge so plenty of space on a busy day and my boys loved the diggers.  There’s also a large inflated pillow to bounce on until all energy is expended.

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The outdoor pedal carts and ride on toys were much loved, especially the two seater, so my eldest could drive his younger brother around the race track.  It gave me time to sit down on the benches and have a break!

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Green Dragon Indoor Play

The weather was a bit variable on the day we visited so it was a bonus to have two main indoor play areas.  There’s a mid sized soft play with baby, under 5 and over 5 sections in one of the barns.  This is also were the café is located and has plenty of seating.  I was able to enjoy a cup of tea while my kids ran wild but I could still keep an eye on them.

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There’s also a messy play barn which has a couple of indoor sandpits and a really good sized bouncy castle.

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Green Dragon Nature Trail

We didn’t make it to the nature trail as we were having so much fun but the website describes a trail around the edge of their site with bird and bat nesting boxes.  We’ll give it a try next time we visit.

Refreshments

There are plenty of picnic tables outside if you’re keeping costs down as well as a restaurant and café in the soft play barn.

Green Dragon Econ Farm Prices

The day pass  allows access to the 44 acre site, including the Play Barn, Outside Play Area, Animal Area & Nature Trail. The Eco Centre Restaurant and shop is accessible for non-farm visitors.

Adult                   £7.00

Child                    £6.00 (Children under 2 go free)

I thought this was pretty good value considering the hours of fun we had.

Getting There

One watch out is that using the postcode on Sat Nav might get you slightly lost.  We turned slightly too early.  Look out for small green signs when you start to get close and download their instructions from the website for a more detailed view.

 

BUSINESS DETAILS

Business Name: Green Dragon Rare Breeds & Eco Centre

Address: Hogshaw Farm, Claydon Road, Hogshaw, MK18 3LA (Sat Nav won't quite get you there so check website for directions)

Opening Times:

Green Dragon is open seven days a week, 362 days a year
(This excludes Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day)

Winter hours (to Monday 21st March 2016)
Farm – 10am to 4pm
Play Barn – 10am to 6pm
Shop – 9.30 to 6.00 (Open to non-farm visitors)
Eco Centre Restaurant – 9.30 to 5.00 (Open to non-farm visitors) Hot food served to 2.30pm weekdays and 3pm at the weekend.

Summer hours (from Monday 21st March 2016)
Farm – 10am to 6pm
Play Barn – 10am to 6pm
Shop – 9.30 to 6.00 (Open to non-farm visitors)
Eco Centre Restaurant – 9.30 to 5.00 (Open to non-farm visitors) Hot food served to 2.30pm weekdays and 3pm at the weekend.

Website: http://greendragonecofarm.co.uk/

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