My gorgeous sister’s birthday fell on the May Day bank holiday this year so we hopped in the car and took a trip to East Links Farm Park near Dunbar and spent a lovely day cooing at the lambs and chasing after the Peas. Now that they’re both on their feet it’s been great to give them a bit more freedom when we’re out and about and loosen our dependence on the buggy.
East Links has a nice mix of things to do for all ages with animals to feed, a giant fort to climb, a huge jelly belly trampoline (along with individual trampolines for the littles), soft play and, of course, the train! Because what farm would be complete without a train?
After a good play going backwards on the tractors (we still have some difficulty co-ordinating forwards!) we ventured off to see some animals… and have a play on some other tractors!
There’s a track which follows through all the animal enclosures with little vending machines for animal feed along the way (buy your tokens before you set out… or bring an Uncle you can send back for some like H&C did!). You can comfortably walk round and take a trip through the maze or hop on one of the family bike type go cart sort of things and let Mum and Dad do all the work.
There animals are a bit of an eclectic mix for a place which calls itself a farm… I’m not sure there are many farms in the UK which have wallabies but there you go. There were also Darwin’s Rhea, Llamas, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Turkeys, Geese, Rabbits and PIGLETS!!! Ahem.
A quick pitstop for lunch on the picnic benches in the middle of the park and it was off for a shot on the trampolines and a monster about the Fort. When we reached the top we discovered that 2 of the turrets have picnic benches in them which would have been a perfect spot for lunch! We planned on heading back up to have birthday cake there later but, when the time came, we were just too keen to eat the cake and we didn’t make it back up. Also, you know, tractors.
After a wee trip in to see the chickens it was time for a jaunt on the train! Very exciting. It’s all included in the entry fee and the driver gives a good tour as you go round. We rounded off the day quick visit to see (read: manhandle) the bunnies and decided to head home before H fell asleep on her feet. Not before we had another shot on the giant chute though!!
Adult tickets cost £12, kids £9, 2 year olds £6 and under 2’s are free. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids will set you back £44 with a £1 per person after that. It’s not the cheapest of days out but it is SO MUCH FUN that it’s worth a treat once in a while. You can also become a member and (from memory, this information isn’t available on their website and, actually, was rather difficult to track down on the day) if you manage to make 4 trips in the year you’ll have made your money back. They’ll even deduct your entry fee from that day.
I discovered while writing this post that I’d lost a few pictures that I took that day, some of my favourites, so we’ve already got another date in the diary to go back this summer with more of the clan to take some replacements!
We love East Links and every time we go it just seems to get better and better! You can find out more information on their website or Facebook page. The Facebook page is worth a follow just for the pictures of baby animals and tartan sheep!