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Top Tips For Visiting FarmLife Festival at Cockfields Farm

A young girl surrounded by foam at Cockfields farm Farmlife festival

Planning on visiting, the Farmlife Festival, check out our top tips to make sure you have a great family day out. 

The Farmlife festival has arrived at Cockfields Farm offering a whole host of summer family fun. 

We were invited along to check it out and to help you make the most of your day we have put together our top tips for visiting below.

Not got your tickets for Cockfields Farmlife yet? See here on how to book. 

Plus you can discover lots more fun events and things to do around Manchester this summer in our guide here. 

1. Getting to Cockfields Farm 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips getting there

Cockfields Farm is located on the Ashton Under Lyne and Oldham border On Lees New Rd, OL6 8AR.

The farm is well signposted and they have a large free carpark available. 

For more details about their location and public transport available to the farm see here. 

2. Arriving At Cockfields FarmLife 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips arrival

The farm opens at 10.00`m with the last entry at 2.00pm

There was lots to do at the Farmlife festival and at the farm itself, we would therefore reccomend arriving earlier rather than later to make the most of your day. 

On arrival head to the reception desk, where you will be given your Festival Wrist Band and tokens for the kids to eat free in the cafe. 

3. Take your Bank Card

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips Gift Shop

Cockfields Farm is now fully cashless.

Although all the entertainment is included in the ticket price if you intend to buy any food, drinks or souveniers you will need to take your bank card with you. 

4. Buy the Animal Feed

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips animals

Cockfields sell bags of animal food to feed some of the farm animals in the bar.

This available to purchase online, at reception and throiughout the day in the gift shop. 

The farm food costs just £1.50 and was a big hit with the kids, who particulary enjoyed feeding the new little goats. 

5. Don't Forget Kids Eat Free 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips kids eat free

All good festivals have great food and Cockfield's Farmlife festival is no exception. What's more as part of the entrance ticket kids eat free. 

This great offer allows for one kids meal per full paying child. 

Kids can choose from Nuggets and Chips, Hotdogs and Chips or one of the farms amazing margarita pizza's. 

The main menu also has lots of tasty options for adults, from burgers and wraps, hot sandwiches and lots more. 

6. Take a picture of the What's On Boards

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips whats on festival

Farmlife has lots of activities going on throughout the day.

The best way to make sure you don't miss any is take pictures of the what's on sheet at reception and the boards located around the farm. 

Some of the festival activities were announced over the microphone however depending on where on the farm you are you could maybe miss these. 

With so much going on it is easy to lose track of time so if there is a particular animal or festival activity you don't want to miss we would reccomend setting an alarm on your phone 5 minute before it's start. 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips animal actitivies

7. Get Your Glitter On 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips festival glitter

Festival Glitter is included in the ticket. 

The Glitter Tent is located on the festival field, near to the entrance. 

To make sure you get in the festival feel and for great pics throughout the day, head there at the start of your day. 

If you need to queue, there is a little donut hole game near to the tent to keep the kids entertained. 

8. Get Crafty in The Festival Craft Tent

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips festival crafts

If the kids love to craft or they just need to chill out for a bit, make sure you head to the craft tent. 

This is the middle tent on the Festival Field. 

It had lovely large cushions to sit on and on the day we went they had loom bands as the craft. 

9. Run Off Some Steam in the Play Areas 

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips Bouncy Pillow

One of things that makes Cockfield's Farm great is their play areas. 

The have a large playground area with swings, a huge play frame with a slide and more. 

For kids who love to bounce they have a huge bouncy pillow (weather permitting), plus there are fun play tunnels for the kids to run through. 

If that is not enough they also have an outdoor beach area with water play. 

You will also an indoor role play area near the entrance to the farm, along with a big indoor sandpit in the barn next to the cafe. 

10. Go for a walk to see the Birds ducks and Gloria the Pig 

 Cockfields Farm festival top tips pigs

If you have not been to the farm before or visitied for a while, it would be easy to miss the Duck Pond Walk.

Walk pass the entertainment barn and will discover a whole of birds from chickens, and turkies to the farm's resident Owl Nancy. 

Head on further and you can enjoy a nice walk around the duck pond.

The kids really enjoyed this walk and loved trying to see what ducks and geese they could spot. 

On the way back make sure you stop to say hello to the infamous Gloria, the farms pig who came up to us to say hello. 

11. Watch The goat race

Cockfields Farm Farmlife festival Goat racing

Another activity not to miss is the very funny goat racing . 

Head to the track behind the Festival Field, choose the goat you think will win ( you will be given a ticket) and then watch them run around the track chasing one of the farmers. 

If you goat wins you will be entered into a draw to win a prize. 

12. Stay For The Foam Party - but take spare Clothes

Cockfields Farmlife Festival Tips Foam Party

Farmlife ends each day with a huge foam party. 

Located on the farm yard, the kids ( amnd yourself if brave enough) can dance away whilst streams of foam decsend on them. 

We would advise little ones stay back slightly as the foam can get quiet high. 

Also our kids came out quiet wet so a chance of clothes, shoes and  towel is advised.

Taking a pair of flip flops would also be good idea. 

have fun!

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