Harvest Your Own Spuds at Willows Farm

As a huge fan of Willows, I take my children as often as I can, we go pretty frequently but so far, I have never been to the annual Potato Shindig event. Probably because we visit once or twice over the summer holidays and the potato frolics happen throughout the month of September, and we usually don’t go again until the Pumpkin Festival at the end of October!

But not this year.

The Potato Shindig event has been part of the Willows seasonal programme for the last four years and this year I was determined to take the kids as I knew they’d love it!

On arrival at Willows, we decided to play first on the many, MANY other attractions Willows has to offer before having a late lunch in the cafe, situated in the indoor play area (which I have to say serves some delicious food), we then headed down to the potato patch last thing, as I didn’t want to carry bags of heavy spuds around all day!!

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The pathway that leads to the potato field is rather magical I think, makes you eager and excited to find out what we would discover at the end!

willows farm potato harvest

At the end we were met with this cute shed where the children were invited to choose a bucket and digging spade (adults given a large fork to do all the hard work help) then we were ready for some serious digging!

En route to the field, the track was lined with interesting and useless facts about potatoes that the children could read! My daughter enjoyed this part and read out loud every single one!!

The event only takes place at the weekends during September and even though the field is huge, only part of is revealed each weekend so that there is a brand new, fresh part to dig for people visiting the following weekend, which makes perfect sense.

Now, I’m not going to lie, you have to properly get stuck in. The potatoes are under the ground (obviously), although near the surface but you do have to look and dig for them. Unless you get there early on Saturday when the field is ripe for picking, a lot of the field has already been harvested and it can take a little time pushing around the plants to see which ones are still in the ground, ready to be dug!

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But it was brilliant fun!

willows farm potato harvest

And the kids could really get their hands dirty!

Potato Shindig gives families the chance to make the most of the great outdoors and is the perfect opportunity to get out, get active and get involved with where their food comes from. It’s a great all-round learning opportunity as children get to experience first-hand what it’s like to take food from the field to their dinner table by harvesting their own crop of potatoes.

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We managed to fill four bags worth and have already been cooking with them at home! I can report that they are utterly delicious!

Also, I have to mention that although we didn’t try any, as I hadn’t realised they were on the menu, but Farmer Anna has also developed a special children’s recipe for Roast Potato Mice made with their potatoes which you can buy at the cafe along with other yummy potato specials.

I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the Potato Shindig! The weather was glorious and what better way to end the day than to do something we’d never normally do, something that’s totally fascinating to kids and fills them with a huge sense of satisfaction to find and dig up the potatoes!

If you can. do try and make it to the event, the kids will love it, and of course, you get the added bonus of spending the day wandering round Willows and enjoying all of it’s amazing facilities. There really is so much to do… there’s indoor and outdoor adventure play in Woolly Jumpers, The Farmyard and Woolly’s Activity Play Trail. There’s bouncy castles and funfair rides and not forgetting the lovely animals which the kids can pet and feed!

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There’s cute guinea pigs and rabbits, as well as horses, cows, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas…..

We had lots of fun….

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willows farm

You can’t beat Willows for a great value day out

For more information about Willows including entrance fees, opening times, directions and events, please visit their website.

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Comments

  1. good grief, a huge amount of things to do . I love how it is all nice bright colours, and so hands on. What a great day out. That trail would make me want to go and walk along it.

  2. I am impressed with all they offer and the potato shindig looks like a perfect time to visit for that little something extra. the bunting to line the path is great, it invites you along and builds the excitement. It all looks so well thought out. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

    • Mummy Endeavours says:

      They really have so much to offer and each time you go back there is something new! Everything is so well thought out, it’s a lovely day out x

  3. Your kids are gorgeous! Who knew a Potato Patch could be so much fun? Looks like you guys had a great day out. I’ll have to check it out, my daughters would love this place.

    #CountryKids

  4. Oh, it looks great there, too! The potato digging is fun and just a bit different, isn’t it? x

    • Mummy Endeavours says:

      Yes, it was, and it was fun, it’s just nice to get out and do something when the weather is good and the kids loved it! x

  5. This looks like so much fun! Lots to do, and the potato digging looks great 🙂 Love the photos of the kids with the animals, they look very happy x #CountryKids

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