An ex-straw-dinary adventure

What better way to spend a beautiful sunny Thursday than to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton on Trent. We packed our wellies, a bag of spare clothes (I’ll explain why later) and a picnic and off we went. Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to an ex-straw-dinary adventure we go. I know, it didn’t rhyme, I’m sorry. I got you intrigued though didn’t I?

 

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The NF Adventure Farm were on a mission, a mission to crack the current Guinness World Record of 3,311 Scarecrows in one place. Which is currently held in Cincinnati, USA. You will be pleased to know that by 10.30am on Thursday 28th August that record was broken here in the UK, in Staffordshire! What’s even more impressive is that Lil G and I were able to share this success with the team. We were very lucky to be invited along to celebrate the 3,312th scarecrow being hoisted into place. Meet Ernie. …

 

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To see the report which the BBC Midlands have put together then take a look here. Be sure to look out for my gorgeous boy who is the first child to be featured stuffing his scarecrow. He has blonde curly hair and is wearing a bright red bomber.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Ivor Robinson, brother to Tom Robinson, joint owner of the Farm who said…

The farm’s visitors will have topped the current Guinness World Record of 3,311 held in Cincinnati, USA. If I’m honest we never expected to reach the record, we have been overwhelmed by the support of all our visitors. We also didn’t expect to reach the record number so soon. We had given ourselves until the 7th September.
He went on to say…
After securing the book launch of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Scarecrows Wedding in July we thought it would be a great idea to have a Scarecrow summer. It has been wonderful to see both children and adults alike enjoying getting closer to nature. 
The highlights for us were building our scarecrows, hence the bag of clothes! Lil G had tasked me with helping him to build Betty O’Barley & Harry O’Hay lookalikes. Eek. For those that don’t know who they are, they are the main two characters out of Julia Donaldson’s latest story book the Scarecrow’s wedding of course!
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We also really enjoyed finding our way through the Mini Maize Maze, riding in the Tractor Trailer and scrambling around in the Barrel Stampede Ride. Ooh, let’s not forget wandering around to see all the farm animals. Lil G’s favourites were the moo cow who in true cow style moo’d at us and the two reindeer who apparently had been dropped off by Santa to look after Lil G’s scarecrows.
There is so much to do and see here. It really is an ex-straw-dinary day out. The cost is a little higher than most farms we have visited with Lil G however that is soon out weighed by the amount of activities you have available to you and with ample free parking it all works out just fine. There are some fantastic picnic areas, mainly undercover in the event the British Weather takes a turn for the worst which is a nice little touch. You could spend the whole day visiting the farm. Take a look at the website here.
Here are a few pictures of our adventures at the NF Adventure Farm…
This year the ten-acre maize maze is celebrating the publication of The Scarecrows’ Wedding. Take a look, it looks amazing and was very much a fun part of our day…
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Looks fun right? You have until September 7th to build your own scarecrow and add to this fantastic total. What are you waiting for…
NB We were provided with free tickets as part of the PR day to celebrate the record-breaking attempt
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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