We were invited to visit the Hop Farm Family Park in Kent, to have a look at their new attraction, Pirate Cove, and of course, we jumped at the chance of a family day out! The new Pirate Cove, which opens on May 16th gives kids (big and small I’d like to add!) the chance to become a pirate! They can explore the galleon ship, help Captain Fluff find her lost treasure by following the hidden clues around the cove, and if the kids manage to unscramble the code, they’re rewarded with a special sticker! I think we missed a letter or two, as the word we had made no sense….!
You can also pan for gold, which you can then weigh, or you can buy a bag of gems and pan for them in the water! Little Miss loved this part, she was quite happy playing here while Little Man was off running around in the sand, finding lots of hidden gold coins! (I think he found almost all of them, so we had to put some back, in the name of fair play and all that!) We were lucky enough to meet Captain Jack Sparrow (*cough, not a bad version of him, even if I do say so myself….) He did scare Little Man a little bit, but Little Miss was right there next to him “Arrrgh-ing” all day!
After we had explored the cove and all its hidden treasures (not forgetting the two HUGE parrots in the entrance!) we were shown round the rest of the farm by the lovely Angela from Cooper PR, where we got the chance to try out the Magic Factory (funniest “moving tunnel” I have ever been in!) Giant Jumping Pillows, Kids Driving School, Outdoor adventure play area and an animal farm with the cutest micro pigs I have ever seen! (I was very tempted to stick Timmy in my bag and sneak him home, but I didn’t think they’d appreciate it!) There was even a dance competition for the kids, the lovely lady showing them the moves had some serious patience!! Of course, everyone won a prize!
The Hop Farm is massive, and there are SO many things for the kids to do, Little Man was entertained with the train rides and mini big wheel, and Little Miss loved the driving, jumping, and rides!
There is also a waxwork museum, which, is not quite on the same level as Madame Tussuads, but very close I’m sure…! (I have to say they were hilarious and some were quite scary looking, but it was a good giggle!) And for those who want to know the history of the Hop Farm, there’s a whole area dedicated to it.
We’ve never been to Hop Farm before, but I cannot recommend it enough! It was a brilliant day out, and there is literally something for everyone, all ages will be entertained all day long. We will definitely be going back. Little Man has been saying “hiya der me arties” (ahoy there me hearties!) all weekend, so I think I can safely say he loved it, and Little Miss & I are planning to watch Pirates of the Caribbean very soon, purely for research purposes I’d like to add…
The Hop Family Farm is open seven days a week from 10am til 5pm and tickets cost from £10.80 per child (off peak) Visit for more details!