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An Afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District

By Catty212
While we were in the Lakes another place we visited was Old Hall Farm - a traditional working farm set in a very scenic location. 

It cost £15 for entry for the three of us. Hubby and I were each £7.50 and the little man was free as he is under 5. Children aged between 5 and 15 cost £5. 

We weren't too sure what to expect as while we were in the Lakes we really struggled to get both internet on our phones or wifi, so we couldn't check reviews or details online. We only knew about the farm as we picked up a leaflet while we were out and about. 

An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
The farm is located in Bouth, south of Lake Windermere, it's well sign posted but you do need to go up some narrow lanes to get there. There's a good sized car park and everything is suitable for pushchair access. 
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
It's a historic working farm with a variety of animals, including horses, cows and pigs. There's also a children's play area, and cute little tea room which you can visit without paying to get into the farm itself. 
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
The farm was pleasant enough but to be honest we found there was very little to do, despite the fact their website (which I managed to eventually have a read of when we got home) advertises various activities being available, including Jersey cow milking, ice cream making and animal feeding. We saw none of this taking place during out visit, or any option to as to do it.
As our son is very young that didn't bother us too much but if you visit with older children I think you may be a little disappointed and I think they'd get bored very quickly. 
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
There are cows, pigs, dogs, horses and ponies, a donkey and some pigs as well as chickens running round everywhere. You can also wander round the barns looking at the old machinery and farm equipment.
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
There's a barn filled with bales of straw and a tractor for children to explore and play on. The little man loved playing with the straw but was determined to eat it. 
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
The little man and his Dad were lucky enough to have a short ride on a small pony and trap. He couldn't have looked less impressed if he tried!
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
There's a little area for small children to play in opposite the tea room. It's really sweet with little diggers and tractors and there are picnic benches so parents can sit and watch.
An afternoon at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, Lake District
We paid a visit to the Chicken Shed tea room which is lovely. You can have a quick cuppa or try some of their delicious home made scones with jam and cream. The prices weren't too bad, they were about average for The Lakes. I think it cost us around £10 for two cuppas and two scones. We sat outside and enjoyed the sun while we ate our scones and were pestered incessantly by a black Labrador who ended up getting half of our scones. I can imagine some wouldn't be quite so keen with a dogs head on their lap while the ate their dinner.
Overall I thought the farm was quite nice, small but a pleasant place to visit. The little man doesn't need to much entertaining so it was nice to walk round and look at the animals and let him touch things but I think older children would find it difficult to stay entertained. It kept us occupied for a couple of hours but with refreshments and entry it was quite expensive considering what we say.

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