Click on the headings below for all the information you need to plan your visit to Mead Open Farm. If there is anything we haven’t covered, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01525 852 954.
Opening Hours and Dates
Please note: we will be closed on 23, 24 & 25 January for important electrical upgrading work. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Mead Open Farm is open from 10am until 6.00pm with last entry to the Farm being at 5.00pm.
The Farm is open every day except 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day) and New Year’s Day (1 January).
During Freaky Fortnight from 17 October – 1 November, last entry to the Farm will be 5pm, and the Farm will close at 6pm every day.
On Christmas Eve, last entry is at 2pm and the Farm closes at 3pm, with the last visit to Santa being at 2.30pm.
Mead Open Farm is located in Billington, near Leighton Buzzard and is easily reached for day out fun from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Our postal address is: Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Billington, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH
Facilities for Visitors
Mead Open Farm aims to provide everything a family will need for a great day out.
Please note that smoking and dogs are not permitted at Mead Open Farm, with the exception of guide dogs.
- Ample free parking – Mead Open Farm is easily accessible for families and groups on days out by car and coach, with plenty of free parking onsite. Reserved parking spaces for the registered disabled are also located by the entrance.
- Toilets – are located in Shaggy’s PlayWorld and near the Hideout and Takeout Cafe, and include disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities.
- Facilities for babies – As a family attraction we endeavour to provide as many facilities for parents and babies as possible on days out. Baby-changing facilities are available near the Hideout and Takeout Cafe and within Shaggy’s PlayWorld. Plus, we provide microwave ovens in Shaggy’s Cafe and in the Hideout and Takeout Cafe for parents to heat milk and baby food and high chairs for little people to sit in. If you have any suggestions on further facilities we could offer, please email us at email@example.com.
- Accessibility for pushchairs and wheelchairs – About 60% of Mead Open Farm has paths made of concrete or tarmac; however the paddocks are only accessible over grass (unfortunately these are sometimes muddy during wet weather). Wheelchairs will be able to easily access all the animal buildings and Shaggy’s PlayWorld, come rain or shine! The animal paddocks and some outdoor play areas are however only accessible over grass (which can be difficult for wheelchairs in wet weather).
- Facilities for those with disabilities – disabled toilet facilities are available within two of the main buildings, and we have provided parking spaces by the entrance reserved for the ‘registered disabled’.
Eating Out at Mead Open Farm
There are plenty of options for refreshments and food at the Farm. Depending on when you are visiting us, you can choose between Shaggy’s Cafe, the Hideout and Takeout Cafe and the Paddock Kiosk.
We also provide indoor and outdoor picnic areas so you can bring your own picnic if you want to.
Stay with Us
Our holiday cottages are perfect for a relaxed family holiday, plus you’ll get a free pass to visit the farm for the duration of your stay!
Our cottages are comfortable, fully furnished, well-equipped for short lets and all linen and towels are provided.
What To Wear and Height Restrictions
Please make sure children bring the right clothing and footwear for all the different activities they want to have a go on.
- Sky Trail and Sky Tykes Course – Please don’t forget to wear closed-toe shoes when you visit as these must be worn on the Sky Trail and Sky Tykes courses and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed!
Children over 1.2m tall can use the Sky Trail course unaccompanied, while those between 1m and 1.2m tall must be accompanied by an adult. Smaller children can use the Sky Tykes course.
- Shaggy’s PlayWorld – Please note children need to be over 0.9 metres to use the giant red and blue slides in Shaggy’s PlayWorld, and must have their arms and legs covered.
Smaller children can still use the yellow/orange wavy slide and the slides in the special Under 5’s area. Socks must be worn at all times whilst playing in the PlayWorld.
- Giant’s Rock Climbing Wall – Children need to be over 1.1 metres to climb Giant’s Rock and must be wearing closed-toe shoes.
Health and Safety - Please Read
Farm visits do carry a very small but real risk of infection to humans. Mead Open Farm urges all teachers and parents to follow simple hygiene procedures (as you would with your own pet).
Throughout the Farm, you’ll find handwashing facilities with warm water, antibacterial soap, push button taps and paper hand towels at child height.
As you plan your day out, we recommend that you click here to read the Health and Safety page.
We have created a risk assessment form to assist group organisers, school teachers and others in drawing up their own risk assessments. Please click here to download the risk assessment form.