Time flies when you’re looking after three kids/running a business/busy visiting various other attractions across the region, and we worked out that the last time we visited Piglets Adventure Farm was back in October half term. So we were delighted to be invited back to enjoy the Easter Eggstravaganza, Piglets’ bumper Easter family day out, and the new Piggy Pizza Parlour on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far (result!).
A lot’s changed at Piglets since we were last there, and all for the better. At the entrance there’s a new coffee house serving hot and cold food and drink (including the all-important Yorkshire Tea), which has a great soft play corner that’s perfect for little ones who need to clamber off some steam. It’s free to enter, so a good place to meet friends with younger kids, even if you don’t plan to go into the park.
You’ll miss out if you don’t, though. Piglets has grown from a happy little hog into a spectacular swine, with some great new play equipment for all ages and an ice cream parlour as well as all the Piglets favourites (our kids always love the bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel ride and anything involving sand).The biggest change is the addition of the new Bale Play Baarrn, with a straw bale mountain, junior tractor rides, giant drop slide, rope swing and massive digging area filled with….corn! All three of our kids (7, 4 and 2) found loads of stuff to do in there and would have been happy all day, burying themselves in corn and jumping on the bales. It’s a great idea for when the weather – which was beautiful when we visited – isn’t so kind.
Another brilliant reason to hop on the tractor to the Play Baaarn is the woodfired pizzas served by local afficionados of proper pizza, York Pizza Co. They’d invited us to leave our picnic at home (sighs of relief from the kids at dodging yet another of my cheese sandwiches) and try their delicious pizza, all cooked from scratch by the two friendliest dudes you’ll meet this side of the A64. Between us we had a couple of margheritas, a three-cheese, a pepperoni and the daily special – delivered in super-fast time – and demolished the lot. They were piping hot from the oven, incredibly fresh and really, really tasty. If ever there was a reason to give the picnic-making a break (and we all need a rest once in a while), this is it.
This being Easter, it would have been rude not to embark on the Easter egg hunt. We each grabbed a basket and hunted the farm for eggs to spell out an Eastery word. It was lots of fun and, after a few diversions, we did eventually get them all and return the baskets for a little Easter treat. On our way round, we also met some very cute new arrivals including a day-old lamb and some very sweet piglets.
Also taking part in the Easter Eggstravaganza is The Magic Hatter, York’s Little Vikings Award-winning magician. His show – held in a large, purpose-built tent – was packed to the rafters and had all three of the kids (and us) in stitches. It’s fast, silly and very very funny. Perfect entertainment for a perfect family day out.
The Easter Eggstravaganza is at Piglets Adventure Farm until 24th April. Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York YO32 9ST. Book tickets online to save.
Thank you to York Pizza Co and Piglets Adventure Farm for having us. As always, our reviews are entirely independent, and we will only ever recommend something that we have enjoyed. We had to wrestle the kids back into the car, so it’s fair to say they had a good time…