Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo in Epsom, Surrey, features an award-winning adventure playground, children’s farm and zoo, and offers a wide range of activities and experiences for toddlers to early teens. In this post, I’ll share more about our experiences and what to expect when visiting Hobbledown Adventure Farm Surrey.
Hobbledown Farm has become one of our favourite Surrey farm parks, and so far this year we’ve visited in April, May and August. Both kids, Miss A (4) and Little T (8) enjoy the play castles, mining village, meeting the animals and the indoor play barn.
Book Tickets in Advance
Hobbledown are limiting numbers, following government guidelines, and bookings are required online in advance at https://www.hobbledown.com/book. You will be asked to choose from one of 5 timeslots for when you would like to arrive. Ticket costs vary slightly depending on the start time; tickets for the afternoon time slots tend to be less expensive.
I would recommend booking a morning time slot to enjoy the play areas when it’s a lot less busy. For both visits, I booked the first time slots available – 0830 and 0900, and each time we were among the first people to enter the farm park. When I visited with Miss A during term time, it was only us and a handful of other families for the first hour, and it didn’t start to get a bit busy until around lunchtime. You’ll find hand sanitiser dispensers all over Hobbledown Farm Park along with hand washing stations upon leaving the animal walk-through enclosures.
Tip: Take a photo of the map at the entrance to save on your phone while you explore the farm park
Hobbledown has an app that you can use to order food and drink and book sessions for activities, such as the Indoor Play Barn and High Ropes Course, when required.
You can register for the Hobbledown app ahead of your visit. You’ll be asked to register with your email address and create a password, then to enter in your mobile number for an authorization code to complete the registration process.
It’s a quick process, and the web app is useful for seeing which activities are open and/or require booking a session on the day you’re visiting, plus placing an orders at the Hobnosh restaurant during your visit (see Food and Drink below).
Hobbledown Adventure Playground
There is so much to do at the play areas at Hobbledown, from elaborate play castles to interactive water play to a daring High Ropes Course. Young children will enjoy the role play experiences at the Hobbledown Mining Village, while older kids will have a blast exploring Fern’s Castle and the Hobbledown Village.
The Mining Village
This imaginative role playing area is perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with so much to enjoy and explore. There’s a kitchen, a tool shed, a little shop, pulleys to transport sand and a climbing tower.
Keep an eye out for pieces of crystallite – kids will enjoy looking out for these little green stones in the sand. Collect some to bring back to the shop to exchange for a lollipop. It’s a fun idea and nearly 1.5 million pieces of Crystallite have been found by Hobbledown guests since they opened in 2012.
There were loads of the green pebbles scattered about the sandy area first thing in the morning, and the smaller pieces are all over the place mixed in the sand.
The Hobbledown Mining Village is such a fun area for young children. You’ll also find a slide and a small tunnel area, plus there’s water play here too during the summer months.
This spot with the small huts is another great area for toddlers and pre-schoolers to play.
There are three jumping pillows around the playground area, which are suitable for all ages and so much fun for the kids! Miss A had a blast running around the Hobbledown water pillow that wobbles as you move around it.
Miss A had a blast running around the Hobbledown water pillow that wobbles as you move around it.
Our last stop was at this jumping pillow on the other side of Fern’s Castle. During busy times, you might need to book a session through the Hobbledown app to avoid queues forming at the jumping pillows.
The play castles at Hobbledown Adventure Farm are outstanding with loads to explore. They are definitely a highlight for a day out at Hobbledown. Fern’s Castle is the newest addition to the playground, recently opened in 2020 and features tunnels, towers and slides.
Tip: Register for the Hobbledown app ahead of your visit. This will allow you to order food and drink and book sessions for activities when required.
High Ropes Course
Other activities in the Hobbledown Adventure Farm playground to look out for are a High Ropes Course and Zorbing. Both may require booking a session during you visit so do check the Hobbledown app if you’re interested.
The High Ropes Course was one of the highlights for Little T on our most recent day out at Hobbledown! The part at the end looks fun too taking the zipline back down.
The kids also had a great time Zorbing! The Zorbing activity is in the open field across from the Birds of Prey centre.
There are over 200 animals to see at the Hobbledown farm and zoo. There are several walk through enclosures where you can see up close some animals such as lemurs, rabbits, goats and wallabies.
The feed dispensers have been closed during Covid. Feeding the goats and other animals might be allowed later on in the year when more restrictions are lifted.
The adorable otters were relaxing in the sun when we passed by.
And the meerkats are always a pleasure to see!
There are more animal experiences and shows coming up later in spring and summer, including opportunities to meet the ponies.
Located near the entrance, the Courtyard is an area in front of the Hobnosh restaurant and the indoor play barn. You’ll find plenty of picnic seating, including a covered area, and a multi-level play village that is great fun for young children.
Over the summer Hobbledown installed this brilliant water play area in the Courtyard. The kids loved working with other children to get the water features to work, using a lever to fill up a bucket and holding ropes to keep the pipes connected.
Hobbledown Adventure Farm also have a 14,000 sq ft indoor playbarn which re-opened on 17 May in line with government guidance. We visited during May half-term and booked an indoor play session to escape the midday sun. To maintain social distancing, capacity is restricted for the indoor playbarn and you will need to book the session for your group through the Hobbledown app.
The indoor playbarn is suitable for all ages and features a multi-story themed play castle, a soft play climbing frames with slides, and vertical trampolines. There’s a gated toddler area for under 3’s with rockers, sensory play area with lights and mirrors and a dedicated mini play-frame.
Each session at the Hobbledown Indoor Playbarn will last 45 minutes during the weekends and school holidays and 1 hour at other times.
Food and Drink
There are plenty of picnic tables all around Hobbledown Adventure Farm. I usually aim to bring our own picnic lunches, but it always a welcome plus when there are plenty of options for food and drink at the place we’re visiting. There is a small café, right before you head into the Courtyard and restaurant area, for hot and cold beverages and lunch box items.
For £5.99, you can fill up a lunch box with a juice, sandwich (ham or cheese), a piece of fruit and a snack (raisins or Babybel). Masks are required for ages 11+ inside the café. You can also just buy individual items. For this visit, I had already packed some food with us and stopped by the Hobbledown Café for a few additional lunch items.
The Hobnosh restaurant serves hot and cold food. To avoid congestion, you can virtually queue and order your food and drinks online through the Hobbledown app. I’d recommend creating your account and registering before visiting so you’re ready to place an order when you’re at Hobbledown. It’s a quick process, and the web app is also useful for seeing which activities are open and/or require booking a session for the day you’re visiting.
I’ve included below a menu from the Hobnosh at Hobbledown.
The hot food items are mainly loaded fries with a variety of toppings to choose from including smashed avocado, chorizo, chicken nuggets and fish goujons. Other menu items include avocado on toast, side salads and a bacon brioche bun. In addition to loaded fries or lunch box options, kids can choose from mac ‘n cheese or tomato pasta.
Family Day Out at Hobbledown Farm
Hobbledown offers a unique experience compared to other nearby children’s farms with its imaginative play castles and role play villages and the story and characters behind them all. There are a wide variety of animals throughout the 50 acres on the farm park including several that you see up close in walk-through enclosures, such as rabbits, goats, lemurs and wallabies.
Highlights for the kids this summer were the interactive play area, the play castles and Mining Village, the High Ropes Course and the animal walk-throughs. There are plenty of things to do, animals to see and places to explore for children and I can highly recommend visiting Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park Surrey for a fun day out for the whole family.
Have you visited Hobbledown? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.
Hobbledown Adventure Farm Surrey
Address: Hobbledown Children’s Farm, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PT
Tickets: Book your tickets and choose a timeslot in advance through the Hobbledown website. Ticket prices start from £15 per person.
This post was updated on 16 September 2021 with recent photos and updated details about activities at the farm park.
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