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News from Willows

We will have several posts every month covering days out, arts and crafts, cooking with children and so much more...

10 Beatrix Potter Facts

Childhood would be a lot less interesting without Beatrix Potter!  The animal characters she created have captivated and fed the imagination of so many children across the world, which is a joy to see first hand when children get the opportunity to meet them at Willows Farm.


Peter Rabbit & Friends Rock Hunt

This summer, Willows Activity Farm is teaming up with St Albans Rocks to hide special Peter Rabbit™ rocks in local parks that keen-eyed lucky seekers can find and exchange for admission tickets to Willows ‘Summer Spectacular‘.


Fun facts about sheep and shearing

May 2018

Our Spring Special programme runs until 3rd June. We’ll have three sheep shearing demonstrations every day with our shepherd Tuck, who’ll be giving our flock a makeover for the warmer weather.  To mark the event, we’ve put together some fun facts about sheep and shearing. (more…)

How to grow butterflies

April 2014

We’re very excited about our new range of nature kits, which allow you to grow butterflies from caterpillars in your own home (or school). We’ve even had a go at growing them ourselves, and it’s been incredible to watch these tiny creatures develop into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. (more…)

A day in the life of Dawn

April 2018

Our entertainment manager Dawn has been putting on theatre shows at Willows Activity Farm for 15 years. She tells us about a typical day, her favourite characters and her most memorable moments on stage.


Top tips for a winters day out

Top Tips for a Day out during Winter

December 2017

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of days out during the cold Winter months.



Pumpkin muffins

October 2017

We have a fantastic event- Pumpkin Festival, where every child can pick their own pumpkin. We love eating seasonal food. So, during Autumn it has to be pumpkins! Here is a delicious recipe for pumpkin muffins. We love seeing your recreations of our recipes. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #willowsfarmpics when posting photos.


Golly’s Life at Willows Activity Farm

September 2017

We recently celebrated the 18th anniversary of our beautiful miniature Shetland pony Golly’s arrival at Willows Activity Farm. It certainly has been 18 wonderful years!

Anna and Andrew re-homed Golly from the Royal Vet College back in 1999. His Mummy had been admitted with colic when Golly was just a few weeks old.


Loaded potato skins

It is time for Potato Shindig!

August 2017

We have a fantastic Potato Shindig event here at Willows Activity Farm.

Every child can harvest their own free bag of potatoes from the Willows Potato Patch. (more…)

Fun family days out

Fun family summer days out

July 2017

Summer is now officially here with warmer weather (hopefully) and no getting up for school the next day. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of summer days out.