West Lodge Farm
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Written by: The Mother Tripper
3rd Apr, 2021
Nestled in rolling countryside West lodge is a special farm. A farm I have visited many times before and have been known to visit up to three times a week in the summer! We visit with friends often, have taken family and the farm has given us traditions we will continue such as the pumpkin picking, to see the lambs, fossil picking. I know my children will look back on the farm visits with fond memories as will I.
📅 Date visited
5th Nov, 2020
West lodge farm, Back Lane, Desborough, Kettering NN14 2SH
⏰ Time spent
3 hours but we usually spend all day here!
15 min ish drive from Kettering. Plenty of parking never had a problem even on really busy days.
We have been members for a very long time. I’ve tried to look but due to lockdown no tickets are available so I can’t check prices I think it’s around £7.50 for children and under 2s free.
Toilets inside and outside are always clean. There is a sit down restaurant, with a nice fire and big chunky tables a home from home feel. The indoor play area also sells food and drinks cakes are always delicious. There is an ice cream parlour outside too during warmer weather
West Lodge is a special place, I visited with friends children before I had my own and always loved it. For the past 5 years I’ve probably visited at least 3 times a month and some weeks visited 3/4 times! The kids NEVER get bored.
The farm itself has the typical farm park animals with plenty of places to feed them. There are daily times that you can stroke rabbits chickens and guinea pigs in the cuddle corner. The goats are always friendly and like a munch on anything! We have always loved visiting for horse riding which isn’t available at the moment.
The outdoor spaces I will go through another time - they deserve a whole post to themselves as they are just truly special and fantastic. But to add a little of what to expect are amazing walks, barrel rides, tractor rides and lots of different events.
We visit the indoor barn during winter there is so much to do outside in summer so we don’t tend to visit as much. It is very much bringing the outdoors in with a really pretty tree at the centre of the play. The tree branches off in all sorts of directions of slides and climbing.
On the ground level there are some tunnels with sounds and hiding places. Through here you can also go through a secretive den that takes you to the yellow double slides in the corner. Not suitable for younger children as it’s tricky to climb.
The opposite side requires climbing via large wooden step types, yesterday was the first time my 2 year old managed it alone it was great to see him working it out and using his strength and motor skills. There is a toddler/baby area with a miniature barn and slide and a projector which is great.
I know the majority of Leicestershire & Northamptonshire are frequent visitors and my review might not be a new place to visit but it’s such a fabulous farm.
🌻 Mother tripper tips
If you haven’t it’s worth every penny of investing in a farm pass. An after school trip is always a great idea too. Make sure you really look at the art work in the adventure barn I didn’t realise they have the fairies which Alfie loved knocking on the doors!
ℹ Additional information
Covid procedures: Pre booking only, timed slot given for the indoor play area and a table designated to you which is a great idea. Hand sanitising and hand washing available around the farm. Masks in indoor play barn.