There are certain days out at this time of year which are guaranteed to make you feel festive.
The German markets, ice skating, mince pies round at your friends’ houses and a visit to a working farm.
We were invited to visit such a farm this weekend. Mia took one of her best friends and we got to experience Umberslade Farm at Christmas in the glorious sunshine!
I really thought the girls would be too old for the whole holding baby animals, feeding the goats/chickens/calves, meet Santa in his grotto thing.
But not a bit of it.
Umberslade isn’t a big fancy venue with rides and soft play. You approach through the very picturesque village of Tamworth in Arden and drive down a lovely long tree-lined lane.
Umberslade is traditional. It’s a farm and you’re welcome to join in and collect the eggs and feed the pigs.
As you can clearly tell from the photos, the girls had a blast.
It being such a lovely day helped, being together helped, and being able to run free like 5 year olds with the sun on your back probably added to the charm too!
They even sat and chatted very politely to Santa and came out whispering “OBVIOUSLY we know it’s not the real Santa. There were no reindeers in any of the fields and anyway, we know the ones you see in places like this are just stand ins.”
The Christmas programme at Umberslade Farm Park runs until December 24 and includes Santa’s Grotto (a £4 extra charge), a Christmas market (although when we visited there were only a handful of stalls) and a lovely Farmyard Nativity where the child (and a farm hand or two) dress up to perform the Christmas story in the stalls.