Following the latest government guidance regarding Covid-19, we wanted to clarify a few things and provide an update on how Mead Open Farm will operate moving forward.

Most restrictions in the UK have now been lifted. Although we’re pleased to hear this progress, we feel that some of our current procedures not only provide safety and comfort to our staff and visitors but also offer an improved visitor experience. Read on below to see how we’re keeping you safe.

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Keeping you Safe
We continue to have extra hand-sanitiser/hand-wash stations at the entrances, exits and at regular stops around the site. We will also operate an increased cleaning schedule. Following updated government guidance, face coverings should now be worn in crowded or enclosed spaces and when mixing with people you don’t normally meet.

Please scroll down for a list of FAQ’s.

Food and Drinks
You will also be pleased to learn that we will continue to serve Award-Winning food in the Grainstore Kitchen and on a take-away basis.

As always, we thank you for your support during the last few months and we can’t wait to see you!

 Matt and Sue Heast and The Mead Open Farm Team

Will everything be open at Mead Open Farm?

Tractor Rides, Sky Trail and Rock-Climbing Wall are currently closed for winter. All other outdoor play will remain open, including Topsy Turvy Towers, Jumping Pillows (weather dependent) Mini Go Karts, Go Karts, Shaggy’s Cove, JCB Digger Village, Mini Golf, Paddock Walk, Farmyard Favourites Walk-Through Barn and Demo Walk-Through Barn.

Please see map of the farm here.

Do I need to book online?

Yes, all visitors including members, should still book online. We will continue to book timed arrivals to manage the amount of visitors on site and to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Following updated government guidance, face coverings should now be worn in crowded or enclosed spaces and when mixing with people you don’t normally meet.

For the safety of all visitors, we would appreciate if face coverings are worn in the following areas:

  • On entry to the farm for check in
  • The Magic of Christmas Experience (masks may be taken off for your photo with Father Christmas)
  • The Elf Academy Show
  • Make a Gingerbread Activity
  • Indoor play areas
  • The shop area
  • All toilet areas

Face coverings are not required in our food and drink areas or in the outside areas including barns. Thank you for your understanding.

Will I be able to just turn up on the day if I haven’t booked a ticket?

No. Admission is restricted to those who have booked online tickets only. All visitors including members MUST pre-book an arrival slot before they arrive at Mead Open Farm, in order to ensure we can manage the flow and the amount of people on site.

Will I be able to arrive at Mead Open Farm outside of my allocated arrival time?

No. Allocated arrival times are in place so that we can ensure visitors are more evenly spread out around Mead Open Farm, to avoid any congestion and ensure maximum protection for our visitors and staff.

Therefore, we will ask that you stick to your allocated arrival time. If the time you wish to come is not available, please look to book for another day. Entrance will not be permitted for any visitor, including Members if they haven’t booked an arrival time slot.

How long can I stay at Mead Open Farm?

You are welcome to stay all day from the time of your allocated arrival timeslot.  Please also feel free to enjoy food and drink from award-winning Grainstore Kitchen. Click here to find out more.

If I or a member of my household have Covid-19 symptoms on the day that I have booked to visit what should I do?

It is really important that you keep yourself and others safe so please stay home and DO NOT visit us. If you already have booked your online tickets, please email us at  and we will come back to you about moving your booking, subject to availability.

Will there be food & drinks available to purchase on site?

Yes.  Our award-winning Grainstore Kitchen will be open with a sit-down or take-away option.  Click here to find out more.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes of course, however, our Indoor Picnic Areas will be closed from September to February.

We politely ask that all visitors dispose of their rubbish in the bins provided to help our team keep the site clean and tidy throughout the day.

Will Indoor Play be open?

Yes. To ensure we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all our visitors, we will continue to run timed sessions in the Indoor Play, with a limited amount of people allowed in at once.

You do not need to book your indoor play session and you can attend more than one session if you would like to. We may reach capacity on certain sessions but if so, you will be able to wait for the next one.

For the safety of all visitors, we would appreciate if face coverings are worn in our Indoor Play areas.

We will clean and sanitise the play areas between all sessions. Find out more here.

Is there parking at the farm?

Yes.  We have plenty of free parking.

Can I pay with cash?

We’re a completely cashless site and all visitors must pay using a card or mobile device (we accept debit cards, credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay).

I am a disabled visitor, or visiting with a disabled person, what do I need to know?

Our disabled rate covers a disabled person plus carer, on presentation of a Blue Badge, DLA or PIP letter. Please bring along one of these on the day of your visit.

Mead Open Farm is accessible for visitors in wheelchairs and we have good accessibility for our disabled visitors. If you have any questions, you can email us at or see our access statement on our website.

We have several disabled toilets across the farm, don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff for help finding them. View our map here.

Do you allow dogs?

We only allow assistance dogs at Mead Open Farm.

Will my under 18 month old still be able to use all the facilities even if I haven’t paid for them?

The majority of activities at Mead Open Farm are suitable for children under 18 months, however some activities have a height or age restriction for safety reasons. Please refer to our outdoor play page for height charts and more information.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

Yes, we have baby changing facilities in our toilets in the PlayBarn and Grainstore Kitchen and also in our main building where you arrive.

Do you cater for allergens?

Yes, we do. Please ask one of staff members who will be able to provide the information for you or visit our Food & Drink page for our Allergy statement and information about ‘Natasha’s Law’.

I’m pregnant, can I still visit?

Yes you can. Please follow the handwashing guidelines in each area when feeding animals. Please note sanitisers are not a sufficient replacement for proper handwashing.

Can I use public transport to get to you?

The nearest bus and train services go to Leighton Buzzard and you can get a taxi from there.

Mead Open Farm is located in Billington, near Leighton Buzzard. Our postal address is: Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Billington, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH

Can I smoke?

Mead Open Farm is a no smoking site.

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