An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

Last Saturday we’d arranged to meet up with friends and spend an afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre.  It’s somewhere I’ve been meaning to take Monkey since in opened a few years ago, but for one reason and another it’s never happened.  It was time to put that right, although typically the English weather wasn’t going to play nicely.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

Situated between Bicester and Aylesbury, the Centre is well signposted and there’s a large car park right outside the visitor entrance.  Going out with friends I find Monkey is more likely to try things, and as his friend was buying animal feed, Monkey decided he wanted some too.  We headed straight to the Animal Barn as my friend L had spotted that there were baby goats on show.  I think we might have been more excited about that prospect than the boys.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

In the barn we found Donkeys, Ponies, various breeds of Goats and Pigs, with piglets (one happy me).

Each pen had labelled telling us about the animals, and whether we were allowed to feed them or not.  After a bit of convincing, Monkey actually fed the goats himself, another step forward.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

Outside we discovered the Pet Cabin and outside area with Rabbits.  Inside there were Mice and Gerbils.

For some reason Monkey was fixated with seeing Cows and as we explored the paddocks we could see Chickens, Goats, Sheep and in the distance, Cows.  One happy Monkey. Each paddock had a great information point talking about the various animals too.

By this point it really was raining hard, and with the wind blowing, not the most pleasant weather to be outside in. With our feed bags empty, we were heading back inside when the boys spotted the sandpit.  It was too big a draw to be missed and off they went.  Digging, and sandcastle building.  There is an area which is covered, L and I hid under there and persuaded the boys to move undercover for their excavations.

When we were all just too cold we headed into the Soft Play Barn which also houses the Cafe.  Hot chocolates and homemade cakes were definitely in order before the boys headed into the play area for a run around.  Note: My son, going into soft play – without me, and willingly.

You might have spotted a post I wrote earlier in the week about Monkey and Go-Karts. As part of an afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre, Monkey overcame a fear and got on a go-kart, and loved every minute.  They are free or the kids to try, there’s lots of space and ample vehicles available for lots of children to enjoy.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

We also spotted a great outdoors play area, along with lots of picnic benches to enjoy on a drier day.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

In the Messy Play Barn the boys discovered an area where they can uncover fossils, there was also an area for younger children with ride on vehicles, and ample seating for adults as well as room for indoor picnics.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre was well spent, and even on a wet, cold February day we’d had lots of fun and left as the centre closed.  I can imagine on a dry day we’d have been arrived earlier and made more of a day of it.  We’ll certainly be back again to spend more time with the animals and explore the farm and nature trails. I’ve also read that they want to create a wildlife pond – that would definitely be a draw for us. It’s a little gem of a place, and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

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I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

16 thoughts on “An afternoon at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre

  1. Looks like you made the most of it given the weather. N loves the go karts there too, although our lunch experience left a lot to be desired. I would not be wanting to do lunch there again.

  2. I can almost feel the cold and rain in your post, however it must have been fun there as Monkey looks quite unaware and out enjoying himself despite the weather. Lovely to see his confidence with feeding the animals and I must say those Go Carts look great fun. It is something we have looked at for Coombe Mill, I think Nick rather fancies them!

    Thank you for sharing your day with me on #CountryKids

  3. It looks a lovely place, something we all enjoy is petting and feeding animals. Shame about the weather but it didn’t look like it ruined your day #countrykidsfun

  4. It might not have been the nicest weather but looks like a lot of fun was had nevertheless! I love Monkey’s look of pure joy riding the go karts and the sandpit looks like so much fun. The piglets are adorable – I would have loved to have seen them too 🙂 #countrykids

  5. Fossils are everywhere at the moment! My monkey has just finished a school project on them. Those piglets are so cute and I live that there are homemade cakes in the cafe. This sounds like my sort of place. Stopping by from #CountryKids

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