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Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Posted by on Monday, 27 April, 2015 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, News, Parks, Products, Soft play, Sunny day

Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Last week we had a fabulous family day out at Godstone Farm courtesy of Notonthehighstreet.com, who were launching a new Farmyard Sounds board for their Storytime Sounds app.

Godstone Farm is located in the Surrey countryside, just outside the M25. On arrival we were directed into a barn which had been beautifully bedecked (as you might expect from our hosts) with brightly coloured bunting, hay bales, rugs and funky cushions. The cheery storytellers from notonthehighstreet.com greeted all the invited children and led an interactive storytelling session incorporating the new Farmyard Sounds board. MJ loves the Storytime Sounds app since we first reviewed it at Halloween (here) and was thrilled to act out various characters in the story and to press buttons on a giant iPad to provide farmyard sound effects.

Meeting the inhabitants

After lunch the boys played in the large indoor soft play barn and the indoor slide barn (lots of large wooden farm vehicles with slides) before we were treated to a tractor ride tour of the farm. We trundled around the central part of the Farm and its Dino Trail in the tractor’s trailer – it was a bit bumpy but saved us from having to take MJ and G back to walk the Dino Trail and some of the larger animals later, they were already starting to flag a bit and still wanted to see the rest of the attractions. After the tractor ride, the farm staff let the children feed the pigs, introduced them to some baby lambs and brought a cockerel, a baby chick and some rabbits for them to hold and stroke.

We thought we’d head to the adventure play area before going home but accidentally went to the sand play area instead and spent a while there playing with the plentiful toy diggers

Feeding pigs

and tipper trucks. When we finally coaxed the boys away we discovered that the adventure play area is the largest we’d ever seen at this kind of venue. We were there for a good hour or so and only explored about a third of it – MJ was so disappointed not to have more time to play when it was time to go home, but at that point he was so exhausted from all the fun that he could hardly stand up.

Interest rating

We loved Godstone Farm – big thanks go to notonthehighstreet.com for inviting us to share their day. We will definitely return as we didn’t get to see and do everything and MJ has already made us promise that we will go for another day out in half term.

Storytime Sounds App

Sand Pit Area

The Storytime Sounds App is a free app you can download for iPhone and iPad here There are eight themed sound boards. You can use the sounds to enhance storytime or to make up your own stories. Notonthehighstreet.com has also launched a new online Storytime Sounds Hub (here) which has downloadable stories that can be used with the app if you need a bit of inspiration.

MJ’s favourite themes are Pirates, Monsters and Space, and of course the new Farmyard storyboard. He was so enthralled by the storytelling session that he thought that the Godstone Farm staff were the characters from the story and left behind a very bemused tractor driver who MJ insisted had to answer to the name Farmer Tickle.

Admission

Adventure Play Area

Admission to Godstone Farm costs £8 (adults and children aged 2-16), £3 (1 year olds), under 1s free.

Eating and drinking

The Tea Barn serves lunch and other refreshments. The Playbarn Café sells drinks and snacks. There are also a couple of huts selling ice creams and drinks at busier times.

Opening times

Check the website as opening times vary with the seasons.

Contact details

Meeting a hen and a cockerel

Website: www.godstonefarm.co.uk

Telephone: 01883 742546

Getting there

Address: Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8LX

Map

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