We don’t get to do it very often, but we do love a good family day out! As Mia is off for the summer, the thought of keeping her busy for 6 whole weeks can sometimes be a bit daunting not to mention how much extra it costs to go out for the day! It’s also hard having Lottie now as at 6 months, there isn’t much she can get involved in as such, but she still needs entertaining and likes to be doing whatever Mia is doing where she can! This holiday we haven’t got loads and loads planned apart from a few trips to the library and I go to a fitness class once a week that Mia can come along to while she’s off but when we do go out we tend to visit farms as Mia is a huge animal fan!
We were recently invited out to Bluebell Dairy, which I have to admit, I had never heard of before, so we thought it would be a lovely family day out. With the weather as gorgeous as it has been for pretty much the last 6 weeks, it seemed the perfect idea however we managed to pick probably the worst weekend as we got up Sunday morning to pouring rain! Despite the rain, we packed the car up and set off!
Bluebell Dairy is a lovely little family run farm just outside Derby. Not only do they look after various types of animals, but they produce probably some of the best ice cream I have ever had! With 26 different flavours of ice cream and sorbets there is one for everyone and every process from the cows being milked to the cones being produced, is done right there on the farm itself! You can’t get much fresher than that! I had the chocolate orange and Mia had the double cream vanilla and they were both amazing! I wish I had bought a tub of them both to take home with us (we will definitely be back for some!). They also have a milk vending machine where you can literally fill a carton of freshly milked milk from a machine!
The ice cream can be bought from the on-site tea rooms which is a lovely place to stop for lunch or a quick snack. With a fab menu which covers everything from paninis to burgers, everyone will find something they fancy. For children, there are the popular sandwich boxes which are always a winner with Mia and the extra special treat of a cornflake cake was very exciting! The food is really nicely presented with good portion sizes, and they have obviously put a lot of thought into the meals. I had one of the best hot chocolates I have ever had, and I’m not a huge fan of them (it was so wet and windy I needed something hot!). The only downside was the number of flies flying around, you really had to watch your plates however it is a farm, so they can be forgiven for that! The tea room was busy but there was plenty of room in there and plenty of tables. The staff were all really friendly and the service good. We only waited 5 minutes and they were busy!
Due to the weather we didn’t get chance to go on the outdoor activities however there is plenty for little ones to do (and big ones too!). There is a play area, sand pit, go kart track, bouncy pillow, and toddler tractors!
The most exciting part for Mia was the animals and she couldn’t wait to go and feed them! Remember to pick up food from the reception for £1 a bag! First Mia met the calf’s who were so cute! Then she moved on to feed the ‘greedy’ goats and the sheep. We both commented on how much room the animals have to run around in, how clean the whole farm is and also how they all have brand new looking sheds to sleep in! They look like very happy animals! There are also alpacas, ponies, guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of chickens! (We missed the pigs, I’m not sure how?!). I think Mia’s favourites were the baby goats as we fed them twice!
We didn’t get chance to do the animal handling or go on one of the tours around the farm due to the weather conditions, but we will definitely be back! I think Bluebell Dairy is really lovely, the farm is fab, and the animals are obviously well cared for. The tea rooms are great for lunch and the homemade cakes looked amazing. The ice cream is to die for and I really wish we had got some more! A great little farm for a good afternoon out and a fab place for enjoying the Summer holidays!
Disclaimer: we were given entry and lunch vouchers in order to write this however all opinions and views are honest and our own