Nestled in a leafy part of Epsom, Surrey is Hobbledown Farm which describes itself as a “Mysterical Farm Park Adventure”. On Wednesday 25th June, all children in Reception and Year 1, accompanied by their teachers, embarked on a journey to take part in the activities which Hobbledown Farm offers.
Having been rather concerned with the ominous forecast in the days preceding the trip, our fears were allayed as the clouds lessened as we headed south towards Epsom.
We arrived at Hobbledown Farm to an extremely warm welcome from the staff or, more precisely, the ‘Hobblers’. Once we had settled in to our camp for the day, the Hobblers led a tour of the farm and introduced us to some of the famous residents of the farm, such as the meerkats and wallabies.
Following a tour of the farm, children had the opportunity to get closer to some of the animals and handled rabbits and guinea-pigs. Some children, however, were slightly disappointed not to have got closer to the Bennett’s wallaby, all the way from Tasmania, who clicks and clatters to communicate. It seemed that the wallaby preferred to enjoy the sunshine, perhaps thinking of his native land, during our visit.
Lunch in our camp was followed by storytime with the Hobblers. We were led into a world of mystery and adventure, when secrets of Hobbledown Farm were shared.
The visit culminated in time spent in the indoor play barn where children had opportunities to tunnel, crawl, run and hide.We returned to school having had a wonderful day, inspired by the animals we had seen and the people we had met.