Day Out – VSA Easter Anguston Farm, Aberdeenshire

DOWN ON THE FARM – Number 1

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Living in Scotland I’ve noticed several farms are now actively trying to attract the family market, they’re diversifying and looking for new income streams and tiny tots like yours are just the kind of customers they want.  As a parent I’m interested in teaching my toddler where food comes from as he honestly only ever sees the Asda delivery van so doing a farm series is a perfect learning experience for him and it’s fresh air for Mr Baby too.

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The first in the series is the VSA Easter Anguston Farm in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire.  This  is a little bit different as the VSA is an Aberdeen charity that works to improve lives in the granite city.  It was originally gifted the land in Peterculter and now trains and develops individuals with special needs in animal husbandry, horticulture and farm management.  The farm opens its doors to tot visitors from April to October, and Mr Toddler was straight in there.

So what’s in it for the kids?  Lots.

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Who’ll blink first?

Let’s start with the furry and feathered friends. As we visited on a slightly dreich morning many of the beasts were indoors which actually meant we got really close to them.  Mr Toddler took a very long, hard look at the Shetland ponies.  He saw piggies, loads of rabbits, various fowl, ferrets, a gigantic goat (I’ve never seen a goat that big, it troubled me) and little lambs snuggled up.  Later at lunch we did try to explain that the ham Mr Toddler was eating came from piggies just like the ones we’d seen at Easter Anguston but he just looked bemused and chomped on – note to self, must work harder at rural education.

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Next we did one of the walks and trails down to the duck pond.  Mr Toddler ran towards the ‘quacks quacks’ and was deeply saddened when they bolted in the opposite direction.  Why don’t they love him?

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We walked back past the rows of fruit which are being cultivated.  There’s a big Strawberry Fayre on 18th June 2016 with lots of activities and bouncy castles as well as fruit picking.  You can simply buy a punnet of strawberries if you’re feeling a bit lazy, so that’s another date for the diary.

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We stopped at the cafe for a slab of coconut cake and coffee.  It also sells light lunches (soup and a sandwich style) as well as lunch boxes for tots and there’s a picnic area if the sun’s shining.  After snack time we let the babies off into the playground to splash in the muddy puddles.

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The facilities at Easter Anguston are excellent but the most remarkable thing is it’s free.  You can make a donation when you visit so please do as it’s a pretty special charity in this area assisting pensioners, supporting people with learning difficulties, helping adults learn parenting skills and running a nursery where children with additional needs play alongside mainstream peers.  To use Scotland’s land to educate and entertain staff as well as its tiny guests is a good reason to head out into the countryside this weekend.

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Opening Times – Monday to Sunday – 10.00am–4.00pm

And of course if you know of any farms now welcoming children, as day trips or farm stays etc., please shout out your recommendations in the comments.

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    A.Dreamer

    April 12, 2016

    Sooo cool! I love a trip to a farm. I would actually love to live at a farm. ❤️❤️❤️

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      tots2travel

      April 13, 2016

      Think it would be a lot of work with no holidays! I like my trips too much.

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    Rashminotes

    April 12, 2016

    Farm visits are always educative but in a ‘fun’ way for children. Nice post!

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      tots2travel

      April 13, 2016

      Yes. My children don’t usually see animals unless I purposefully take them somewhere so I feel they learn the most basic things.

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    mubeenazam

    April 12, 2016

    Nothing like being in and with nature and the daffodils are a very welcome sight!

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      tots2travel

      April 13, 2016

      The weather didn’t really matter, just great to get out and about.

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    joylovestravel

    April 13, 2016

    Looks like a great day out and super bonus that it’s free!! We’ve been to many a farm down the years but never had free entry.

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      tots2travel

      April 13, 2016

      It’s possibly an irony that charities charge the least or not at all as I’m guessing they wish for access to be achievable for all, rather than a wealthy elite. I hope they receive good donations.

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    Indah Susanti

    April 15, 2016

    Love this! It is a great way to educate children to appreciate outdoor activity and animals at the same time 🙂 <3

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    Alessandra

    June 4, 2016

    We visited today and my tot loved it! Sun was shining as well so that was a plus! Thanks for your review!

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      tots2travel

      June 6, 2016

      You’re welcome. It’s a lovely day out. Their strawberry fayre is on 18 June if you’re looking for an excuse to return!

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