With the changing seasons and the comings and goings on the farm, there’s always something new to see and do. Additionally, during school holidays and at other happy times, there are extra events and activities that add further to the fun.
First Tingles of Spring
Daily from Friday 10th February until Sunday 19th February
It might be chilly outside, but if you look carefully there are all sorts of signs that spring is on its way. After braving the spring spotter's trail, have fun in the warmth of the museum, planting seeds, building nests, and joining in other crafts to prepare for the year to come.
Daily from Saturday 1st April until Monday 17th April
Throughout the Easter school break, the farm is alive with the cheeps and bleats of baby animals, who will be introduced to you at handling and encounter sessions. Grab your clue sheet, sharpen your pencil, and tear around the farm collecting clues on the springtime trail. Keep a look out for hidden eggs that might win you a prize. In the craft area you can make bonnets, masks and other springtime decorations. There will be still further special attractions over the four days of Easter (14th to 17th April), including our famous plastic duck race along the mill lade.
Den Building Adventures
Daily from Saturday 1st July until Tuesday 22nd August
Join the tribe for daring daily adventures exploring some of the wildest and most remote corners of the Almond Valley site. Build your shelter, set up camp, forage for food, keep a look out for wild animals, and learn how to survive in the wild for at least half an hour.
Supervised adventure sessions, suitable for children and parents of all ages, take place at 11.30 and 14.30 each day. There's no need to book in advance; just drop in and join the tribe.
Saturday 7th October – Tuesday 31st October
As the nights get darker, mysterious creatures emerge from the dark corners of the old farm. Grab your trail sheet and look out for the clues on your spooky quest. Find your way through a world of magic and shadows with mysteries to solve, games to play, and some scary surprises around every corner. Get creative in the craft area where you can make spooky masks and manufacture monsters.
Spooky Saturday; the all-day Halloween Party
Saturday 28th October 10am-8pm
Put on your scariest outfit and join us on Spooky Saturday. Not only can you enjoy the usual fun of Spooky Happenings, there's also dooking for apples, scary lanterns and many other traditional Halloween games. Once the sun goes down there's music and monster dancing, with rides that depart into the depth of the night. Come dressed to kill !
Santa’s Farmyard Cottage
Weekends, 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th December, then daily between 21st to 24th December.
Once again, it's the time of the year when dear old Santa Claus visits Almond Valley and settles into his comfortable farmyard cottage within a chilly midwinter forest. He’ll be welcoming young visitors, and handing out some early Christmas presents. Much of Almond Valley will be decorated for the season and there special chance to make your own Christmas decorations in the museum.
In addition to the weekend Santa visits, (for which no booking is necessary), there will be special booked mid-week sessions for younger children and groups, and chance to meet Santa at Suppertime. Details of these will follow.