We all know how good for us time outside is – fresh air and soaking up vitamin D are well documented as having huge health benefits – and that’s just as true for our children as it is for us. In fact, arguably for children the benefits are even greater – and instilling the benefits of being outside from a young age must be a good thing.
Read on to see why it’s so important to set aside time for outdoor fun and play.
Health and Well-Being
With room to explore, when children play outside, they have freedom – they can run at top speed, climb tall play frames, swing from their arms and this directly impacts their health – their weight, physical strength and their immune system and the ability to fight off illness.
In turn, using up energy out in the fresh air promotes the ability to then feel calmer and quieter when required and it also significantly helps children to sleep well.
Learning and Creativity
When outside children’s imaginations are stimulated by the objects around them, and this can in turn increase their creativity. When outside, children will play happily with twigs, acorns, and leaves … making up games and activities and connecting with the natural environment. It also helps children learn about the weather, seasons, plants, and animals. There is a much more sensory experience to the outside environment – touch and feel is so important for a child’s development.
Independence and social skills
By the very nature of outdoor space being bigger than that inside children may have a more physical distance from adult supervision – allowing independent play and more social development with their friends.
There’s a time for screens – you’ll be reading this on one now – and they are undoubtedly part of our lives but by encouraging outdoor play in young children it will help them develop and maintain a healthy adult lifestyle – moderation is key so let’s balance screen time with green time!
Take a step or two outside today and book a trip to Ridgeway Farm for fresh air and fun for all the family. Click the link to book.
As the leaves start to fall, the days get darker and homemade stews are the perfect homemade meal, it can only mean one thing… HALLOWEEN is on it’s way. 🎃🎃🎃
This year is our 3rd Pumpkin Festival and it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!
Get your wellies at the ready, and book now to pick a pumpkin at Lancashire’s Friendliest Farm. Here you can meet all the friendly animals, take a walk to the Pumpkin Patch and pick your very own Pumpkin, then bring it back to our traditional Orchard in one of our handy wheelbarrows, where you can decorate it if you wish, and this year we are delighted to announce that we will also be serving hot food throughout the festival!
The Pumpkin Festival starts on Saturday 16th October, running each weekend and during half term right up until Sunday 31st October, with session times running from 10am -12pm, 12pm – 2pm & 2pm – 4pm each day.
Please note everyone needs a ticket. Tickets are priced at just £7 per person for both adults and children (walking age upwards). Tickets include entry to the farm on your selected session time and a pumpkin (adults can swap their pumpkin for a hot brew if they prefer).
Make sure you bring a box to transport your beautifully decorated pumpkin home with you. We can’t wait to see what your pumpkin will look like.
We strongly encourage you to book online soon to avoid disappointment.
Pumpkin fest is the best, book here.
Farmer Helen x
On Monday 31st August down on Ridgeway Farm, Peel Road we will be celebrating our 2nd birthday and we would love for you to celebrate with us. We have organised a fun filled day that will be enjoyed by the whole family.
This fabulous birthday party will include:
- Bouncy castle for children
- Woodwork demonstrations by our friend the very talented chainsaw wood carver from Acorn Woodcraft
- Honeyman our resident bee expert from Creation Honey
- Party house that will be available for all your future party requirements from unicorns to animal lovers, we cater for all
- Goat milking demonstration at 10.30am
- Many more activities to be announced on the day
- PLUS a grand opening of the hot food outlet!
And not forgetting our fabulous animals who will be celebrating with us too, Donald and Boris, our alpacas can’t wait, they are partial to a birthday bash! Pre-booked tickets are just £3.95 per person and £5 at the door on the day.
Ridgeway Farm is a family run dairy farm, located on Peel Road, in-between Junction 4 of the Blackpool M55 motorway and Lytham. We are the seventh generation to farm at Ridgeway and as such the farm is steeped in historical flora and fauna. With so much heritage intertwined from the original brick buildings to dairy genetics dating back over 50 years and of course not forgetting the farms very own priority habitat, in the form of a traditional orchard. We are open to the public Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.