We’re just home from another afternoon at Primrose Vale, not strawberry picking this time, but having fun on the Halloween Trail. Just like the strawberry picking the Halloween Trail is incredible popular so I thought I’d pop a quick review up after our visit today. It really is worth a visit if you’re local and a great day out in Cheltenham or Gloucester.
Primrose Vale Halloween Trail REVIEW
Open times: Open daily until 31st of October 9-5 – last admission is 4pm according to the Primrose Vale website/Facebook Page
Parking: Lots on both sides of the road, with wardens directing you. It was very busy and very full though at some points according to their Facebook page.
We kept checking the Facebook page before going and saw that it was really busy, and there were no parking spaces left, so we went slightly later than planned. I’d recommend checking before going too. You’ll also probably have to park on the opposite side of the road if it’s busy.
According to the Facebook page its busiest between 10 and 2.30, so going after 2.30 is a good plan.
Cost: £5, pay at the shop for card payments, or the green barn for cash.
Pushchairs: we saw lots of pushchairs of varying types – most were travel systems or ones with big wheels. We took our Out n’ About double and were absolutely fine. I think our Oyster would have been just ok however I’m really not sure a stroller would be ideal as it was quite muddy! The Primrose Vale website says:
“Sturdy footwear is recommended – We won’t close for bad weather, but be prepared for mud! Pushchairs that can cope with grass are normally fine in most conditions, but there will be areas you cannot enter.”
The Halloween trail
We paid at the shop, then wandered along to the green barn where we were given clipboards with the pre-school questions.
The preschool trail was perfect for our almost 3 year olds, tasks such as counting, identifying pictures, using tongs to pick up spiders and saying how many you rescued from the webs.
There was a ghost tunnel at the end which was very dark, so might scare some. Ours were fine after being in once.
Even though it was sunny and the car parks were both full, Primrose Vale is huge. I mean HUGE. We didn’t find the trail busy, and really only waited a few minutes to to pay and get out clipboards. The trail itself has so many activities and several of some, such as the spider races and ghost skittles.
So, even if the car park is full and it looks like you’ll just be in queues all day, it’s fine once you’re out of your car. If thoroughly recommend it.
When you finish the ten activities, take your clipboard back the little ones get a prize for being brave.
Other activities at Primrose Vale:
Primrose Vale is the place to go for PYO in summer, strawberries, raspberries and more galore.
Play area and cafe
There is also a brilliant outdoor play area and marquee cafe. It’s brilliant for letting kids just play. Slides, swings, a huge sandpit with toys, a tractor to climb on, a summerhouse…
I’ve never taken a photo inside the farm shop but it has everything you’d expect.
Being a farm Primrose Vale also sell pumpkins and have loads of different sizes and a pumpkin sorter to help you choose one.
Prices varied from £1 to £5, I think although we had already bought pumpkins so didn’t buy any ourselves.
I’d thoroughly recommended the trail. It was a fab few hours – probably just over an hour doing the trail, followed by an hour or more of snacks and playing in the play area.