- Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park is a lovely adventure for a family day out in Essex, if you are looking for an outdoor experience, a day out at this farm is an opportunity to make some great memories as a family.
- They have many animals at Marsh Farm Park for you to visit, pet and feed. If you want to chat with goats, they love attention and making noise!
- If you work up an appetite, there are three options to grab a bite to eat. You could go for the Snack Shack for a smaller munch, hot drinks and snacks. There is also the Rossi Shack if the weather is warm and you’re craving ice cream. They also have a restaurant.
- The Farm Shop sells locally sourced produce, including fruits, vegetables as well as household items.
Marsh Farm Park is a beautiful farm located in Essex. If you want to get away from the tempo of urban life for a while, Marsh Farm Park has plenty to do and see for the entire family.
People have been hunting in the marshes for many years, including keeping sheep there, dairy farming and wheat farming. It is thought that as far back as the Romans kept sheep on the marshes to farm. The salt was extracted from the salt marshes to trade. Fertile soil here has been essential for people’s livelihood for many years, and Marsh Farm Park is carrying on with this tradition. It became a dairy farm in the 70's and opened to the public in the 80's.
James Sinclair took over ownership of the farm in 2013 and has planned for its sustainable and continual development moving forward. Marsh Farm Park strives to continually provide a great insight into farming, animals and the environment. They have an environment-conscious message and approach to make farms for kids as Eco-friendly as possible.
What to know before you go
- Marsh Farm Park is open daily from 10am until 5pm. It is a working farm, so it is essential to maintain upkeep of the animals and produce.
- Twizzle Tops, located on site, is a leading day nursery in South Woodham working with the local community and authorities to provide support to early years children. The farm park setting is an excellent background to facilitate learning about the outdoors and appreciation of nature. They are open 7am-7pm and have funded places available.
- Animal farms can sometimes get the family a bit muddy, especially if you get close to the animals. It’s best to come prepared with supplies to clean off if you need to.
- Tractor-trailer rides are a childhood favourite for many and are lots of fun!
- If your children want to jump on the giant pillows, run around the playgrounds and explore the animal barns, they can do so to their hearts’ content. There is also crazy golf, animal trails and grassed areas where you can have a picnic. You can also feed the animals - make sure you purchase feed, especially for them. They have cows, sheep, dairy goats, ponies, Shetland ponies, llamas, alpacas and Kunekune pigs. Marsh Farm Park also has a petting barn with rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice and chinchilla!
- There are three on-site places to eat—the Snack Shack for smaller bites, hot and cold drinks and snacks. The Rossi Shack is fantastic for some ice cream on a hot day. They have a restaurant serving fantastic vegan and gluten-free options. If you work up an appetite, you can stop for some respite and refuel at any of these eateries.
- There are several day events you can get involved with; Kids Fest is a popular day for families to relax, enjoy some music and soak up some sun. They also have Christmas themed events, Halloween themed festivals and the Bubble festival.
- Only the activity field is on grass, every other area of the farm is on hard ground that is wheelchair accessible, and buggies should be fine. There are two disabled access toilets near the toilet block.
- They have a large baby changing area.
- They allow guide dogs into this venue.
- They have plenty of hand-washing stations around for visitors to use.
- They have plenty of free parking on site.
- It is a 30-minute drive from the exit A12 of the M25. It’s a 20-minute drive from Basildon via the A130. Make sure to note that Marsh Farm Country Park is separate to this venue, Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park.
- By bus, Inchbonnie Road is a two-minute walk from the park. The 5, 36A and 94 buses all stop there.
- The nearest Train Station is South Woodham Ferrers. It is a 20-minute walk from the station to Marsh Farm Park.