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Park Hall Farm, Burma Rd, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS
  • The Park Hall Countryside Experience is an interesting farm park in north Shropshire, in the Midlands of England
  • It does unfortunately suffer from a slightly irritating web site which loads a video at once without being asked to, and one which includes a loud and annoying soundtrack at that, but the attraction itself is very good and certainly worth a visit
  • It is most definitely a family-oriented attraction, and young children in particular should find it a really enjoyable place to go
  • If you have younger kids, then I'd strongly recommend arriving by car if you possibly can
  • Some of the extra activities (which cost a little extra) such as quad biking may not be available every day, though, so it's best to check before you go

    • by fredhound
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      The Park Hall Countryside Experience is an interesting farm park in north Shropshire, in the Midlands of England. It does unfortunately suffer from a slightly irritating web site which loads a video at once without being asked to, and one which includes a loud and annoying soundtrack at that, but the attraction itself is very good and certainly worth a visit. It is most definitely a family-oriented attraction, and young children in particular should find it a really enjoyable place to go.

      Oswestry is not the easiest place to get to, especially if you don’t have access to a car as there is no train station in the town; the nearest one is in the village of Gobowen about five miles away. It’s possible to walk from there, but it’s quite a tough hike and probably only suitable for adults. If you have younger kids, then I’d strongly recommend arriving by


      car if you possibly can. There’s plenty of parking at Park Hall, and when I was there, there was also a helpful member of staff to assist with getting ready, though I don’t know whether that’s a regular thing or whether someone just happened to be available that day.

      The big attraction for children is likely to be the variety of animals on display. More to the point, a lot of the animal shows are hands-on, meaning that your kids can get involved themselves. Given that most young children adore this sort of thing, it’s almost guaranteed to get them involved and interested. Pony grooming is offered on most mornings, and there’s also a heavy horse who is remarkably gentle and placid. Lamb feeding is another activity that seems to be hugely popular, and understandably the small animals such as rabbits are incredibly cute!

      There’s quite a lot else to do at ...


      • Park Farm, though. For example, there are rides with the farm’s tractor at intervals throughout the day, but there’s also a great big under cover play barn, in which the organizers have set up a really nice variety of obstacles and rides, for example climbing nets and ropes. This is likely to wear out the parents just from watching their kids rushing about with so much energy! There’s even a bouncy castle, which is always immensely popular with young children; I just wish I was still young enough to be allowed on one of those things!

        If the weather is good, then there are also a good number of outdoor activities. There’s a big adventure playground for a start, and another similar one in the woodland that forms part of the farm park. Children who are a bit less energetic might well enjoy the nature trail, either a short woodland one

        or a longer version to a nearby lake, and young kids always seem to love the play houses in this area, which are furnished with chairs and tables, and even a fitted kitchen! The level of attention to detail is really impressive, and it’s all very well looked after.

        Because this park is mostly aimed at children, the admission price is the same for children and adults at around seven pounds. You can buy a season pass for 26 pounds, meaning that you have to visit four times during the year to save money. It’s open from March onwards each year, with special activities at holiday times such as Halloween. Some of the extra activities (which cost a little extra) such as quad biking may not be available every day, though, so it’s best to check before you go. Whatever the case, Park Farm is definitely one for any family’s shortlist!




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