Friendship and Fun over February Half Term

Posted on February 25th, 2017

Friendship is a theme I often return to when talking about life on the farm. It is something I try to encourage for the children staying with us. I find children are generally natural friendship makers and all they need is the opportunity to let this shine. The organised farm activities each day at Coombe Mill like the morning tractor ride to feed the animals is one such example. Friendships blossom over common interests and the different ages couldn’t matter less. Older children encourage younger children and younger children respond with an obvious adoration of their older companions.  I see this pattern form each week, but some weeks it is exceptional and a delight to watch. This past half term has been one such occasion.

These first photos were taken on the Sunday morning Feed Run. Here the children are familiarising themselves with the animals and each other. 

Animal Feed Run at Coombe Mill

On board the tractor and trailer is a great opportunity for children to strike up conversations

Frienships forming on board the farm trailer


Already the children are working together with Farmer Nick

Friendships forming following Frmer Nick to the sheep

Our smallest pigmy goat called Queenie, laps up all the attention and food.

Feeding Queenie the pigmy goat

Under Farmer Nick’s watchful eye the children all line up to watch the deer come down for their breakfast

Friendship and learning watching the deer on the farm as a group

Friendships Cemented

We were away ourselves visiting family in the middle of the week returning at the end to see friendships cemented and a real togetherness by the time it came to the last train ride and activity hour. We made daffodils from sticks and toilet rolls that they wanted to plant around their newly made den.

Half Term Friends hiding in their woodland den

All the families staying with us at half term had visited before, but not necessarily at the same time. Two of them have now rebooked for next year. I am already looking forward to seeing these same friendships rekindled in 2018. If you fancy joining them, February is our cheapest school holiday week of the year and the 2018 bookings are now open.

Do you look for friendship and fun for your children on holiday?