Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park first opened to the public in 2014 as ‘Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre’ which is what it was known as until the recent re-branding to Hogshaw farm. The management might have changed but life on the farm itself remains the same.
Hogshaw farm is more than just your typical farm. There are so many indoor and outdoor activities to do that you can easily spend the whole day here without getting bored. We have been here several times over the years, either for a wander around, or for their holiday special experiences (e.g. Halloween 2021 or Farmer Christmas 2022) or for birthday parties and never been disappointed. Well worth every penny you pay!
There are several different areas to this site. There is a walk through for farm animals where you can feed them as you wander around. Food has to be brought separately from reception (50p/ bag). There is also a small indoor area in the barn where they do talks and grooming/ feeding sessions throughout the day free of additional charge. You can find out about the timings of different sessions near the entrance. Over our may visits, we have groomed donkeys and shetland ponies, stroked guinea pigs and bottle feed milk to baby lambs. There is something different going on most times we have visited
Unlike other farms, this place is NOT just about the farm animals though. They also have a pets corner which has snakes and other reptiles/insects. Encounters in this room, including stroking the corn snake, are held throughout the day and again are free to attend. There is also a wildlife zone with reindeer, wallabies, chameleons, owls and red squirrels, etc. Undercover Flying Display & Bird Encounter are scheduled through the day and can be booked for additional cost (usually 1-3 £ pp). It is lovely to see how passionate the keepers are about their animals, which is clear to see in the bird encounters e.g. he could even tell how the owl will land on his hand after its flight. amazing stuff!
In the middle of all the animals is the adventure play area which has a great climbing frame with a pretty fast tunnel slide and a much slower vertical wide slide for older children. Toddlers have their own play frame and swings. There is a huge sandpit with sand-diggers and other play equipment. It is part undercover which is great for a rainy or very sunny day. They have also added two huge bouncy pillows which is always a hit with children. In between the bouncy pillow and the adventure play area is the ‘Sleeping Dragon’. Well, I am not sure why it is called that. It does not resemble a dragon at all; rather it is an earth mound for children to climb. I have seen stinging nettles on it on a few occasions, so please watch out for them before allowing the children to climb it. There is also a tunnel that runs under it which Ay loves.
The building with the cafe houses the soft play area, which used to be small and ok-ish but they have undergone a refurbishment of the area and have improved it for sure. The layout has changed to an L shape now so that it occupies more of the cafe, taking over part of the VIP birthday party area. The over 5s climbing frame is three tiered with tunnel slides, rocking ball and other obstacles. The under 5s have rolling balls, ball pit, and platform with a few obstacle courses. There was still some parts missing where the two sections met, so it is still work in progress.The cafe was really busy but we did not have any food, so I can not comment on it.
There are also ride-ons and pedal go-kart near the entrance which are free to use. There is a smaller barn around here too, which is where all the different seasonal activities take place. Outside the holiday season, they have a indoor sand boxes and some other stuff here.
💦 Splash pool is available only for summer- Each session is for 20 minutes, but you can return again later, space permitting. Make sure you bring a towel! No changing room
Watch us having fun in this VIDEO
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🗺Address: Hogshaw farm (formerly Green Dragon Eco Farm), Claydon Road, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3LA
It is not the easiest place to get to as it is in the country side with single lane roads, and there are almost always some road works in the area, so the traffic diversions make it worse. I would still recommend braving it as it is worth it.
🎟 Ticket price applies; typically 9.95£ for children aged 2+ and 10.95£ for adults. Seasonal activities or special events usually cost 2-3 pounds more. Please see website for more details HERE
They often run 50% off family tickets via other sites (such as JackFm Oxford, so worth looking on). You can also visit Afterschool on select days when it costs 7.95£ for children. Adults go free
📅 Please see WEBSITE for uptodate information.
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Fixed porta loos on site
🍕 Refreshments available in cafe.
You’re not allowed to take your own food into the cafe but you can have your picnics on the benches outside
Buggy accessible though the terrain can be bumpy
Dogs not allowed
We also enjoyed Halloween here in 2021. See our post HEREIf you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE