“ Address: Kingston Road / Frilford / Nr Abingdon / Oxfordshire / OX13 5HB „
I have been visiting Millets since I was a child and still remains a great favourite.
...........What is Millets.........
Millets is a Garden centre, farm shop and farm with play park and pick your own facility. In the summer it is home to Millets Maze.
...........Where is Millets......
Millets is situated in Frilford in Oxfordshire and is easily accessible however I am not going to give directions as these can be found on www.milletsfarm.centre.com
The garden centre is managed by Frosts and is well stocked with a great variety of outdoor plants, indoor plants, gardening accessories, gifts, home ware, BBQ's, garden furniture and pots, fish, Jacuzzi's, and Chickens yes really Chickens my hubby was very excited by this however I refused point blank!
The Garden centre really is one of the best in this area, not only well stocked but also very knowledgeable and helpful staff. There is also excellent offers to be had often a free cuppa in the café as well.
I must also mention at the back of the Garden centre there is Big Game Hunters who stock Garden play equipment and Garden games. I have not purchased anything from here however once our Garden is ready I would be interested in the climbing frames as they are wooden and better quality.
There is a small craft shop which sells all sorts of products for crafts I cannot comment on this as I have only poped in as they also sell bubbles!
This is an excellent shop selling a wide selection of vegetables many which are grown on site they also have a fishmongers, butchers, bakery, Deli. We often get some picnic bits from the Deli and they have a superb cheese selection. I would also recommend the Butchers for the variety they have on offer particularly good for BBQ's. The Bakery is superb selling a great selection of cakes and they are truly gigantic.
The shop also sells a great selection of cook ware which is different from the norm and is reasonably priced.
The play area is situated in the field area and is stocked with a good selection of equipment. A slide with climbing frame, a slide, two sets of swings, a roundabout, a large sand pit which is a particular favourite plus bouncy animals. There are also go karts and diggers which are an additional £1 however you can push the go karts yourself.
There are pigs, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, cows, ponies and of course Ducks but be warned the Ducks are really not very interested in being feed! At the end of the animals there is phoebe wood which is a nice walk however we have only ever done a small part of this just to the stream as unfortunately little legs to get tired!
............Restaurant & Cafe... .........
The Lakeside restaurant situated upstairs in the complex has a very nice sounding menu however it is a complete sit down experience and in my opinion very expensive, we have used the café and I have had lovely lunches and also not so great ones I do think the café is expensive with a child's lunch box contains 4 items and a drink priced at £4.00, soup with bread is £4.95 I personally take a picnic or head home for lunch, however on occasions when we have eaten here they are also happy to split a bowl up soup into two bowls which is good service.
We did this a couple of years ago because I won tickets and I was very impressed within the Maze area they had giant games, a trampoline, a bouncy castle. There is also a quiz to do as you go around the maze. Once you have paid you can go off site and return as many times as you wish in that Day.
I would suggest that it isn't really suitable for under 4's it is a bit boring for them and in my opinion it is expensive if they are not that interested, see website for full prices.
Millets is a great day out with something for every one of all ages, it's an excellent meeting place, a great place for the children to burn off steam and no arguments over whose toys they are! I mentioned that we like to take a picnic which also makes it a whole day out and because my friend and I like to have a mooch around the Garden centre we then normally let the children choose a cake as well.
I can safely say this is a great day out and can be a free day as well if you do not go in the Garden centre plus we have found that a walk to see the animals takes about half a hour possibly longer then a good play followed by a picnic and more play a really great value day out.
Millets Farm centre is a superb complex ideal for buying fresh farm food that you can trust. It's huge selling point is that it's a great place to take the family. It sells great food and garden products for the parents whilst entertainin the children with a small playground, a zoo and farm yard animals. Whilst in the Summer time, a maze created from maize is erected, adding to the fun. It's a wonderful place to buy food for the Christmas season too, with a wide choice of meat and traditional vegetables. You really can spend hours at the centre too, as it's set in lovely open countryside, meaning that once you've had a shop you can go for a walk or walk around the zoo. The staff are friendly and the place retains the traditional farm shop feel whilst being well organised and well run. There is ample parking and whilst it's not the easiest to find from the roads, it is well signposted and well worth a visit!
Millets farm centre has something for everyone in our family. We first visited this farm due to a recommendation from a friend shortly after we moved to Oxford and we were not to be disappointed. We were told that there was a farm shop and seasonal pick your own, however we were to be very impressed with the activities on offer here.
One of the main selling areas of Millets farm is their fabulous farm shop. There is so much to choose from such as a large selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, a fish mongers, a butcher and a good selection of cheeses to name but a few of the fresh foods available There are many items available here from staple cupboard ingredients to luxury food items and not to forget to mention their own homemade fruit juices which are divine. The farm shop is well worth visiting and if you are anything like me, you will struggle to leave without a bag full of produce. I find that there is a range of different price tags in the shop from the more value choices to the higher labeled luxury buys.
Millets farm also houses a large garden centre which is filled with lovely and irresistible lovelies to be purchased. There is a large section for ornaments, candles, decorative pieces and ceramics. My children's favourite section is the small area with toys and books, especially farm and animal books and the clothes range which sell a selection of outdoor children's clothes, wellies, waterproofs and cuddly toys.
Obviously, as this is a garden centre, there is a vast outside area and indoor area dedicated to all things gardening from furniture to plants and flowers, pots and decorative ornaments and my sons favourite area, the aquarium where there are many fish to watch swimming along. The garden centre I find very pleasurable to visit and it is priced reasonably. Although it could not be classified as cheap, nor is it excessively expensive.
*Café & restaurant*
Millets farm also has its own café area and separate restaurant. Downstairs in the café, it is self service with a choice of beverages, cakes, sandwiches or cooked lunches in comfortable settings which in the winter are very cosy with open log fires. Sadly, I do find the café to be over priced. We purchased two coffees, two children's soft drinks and two pieces of cakes which cost around twelve pounds. I have to say after that visit, I rarely use the café now, mainly favouring visiting in the Spring/summer with a picnic.
There is also a restaurant upstairs from the café which is supposedly a little more premium and is table service. They serve such things as Sunday lunches here and although I personally have never used it, I am assures that the food is good and reasonably priced.
There is a very good play area here at Millets farm and is well designed for toddlers to older children with swings, slides, climbing apparatus, digger rides and a sand pit.
We have spent many hours around here on a summer's day whilst the children play and enjoying a picnic on the picnic tables which are scattered around this area. This is a free facility and is ideal for a day out with the children.
In my opinion, this is a safe area for the children to play with plenty of space and entertainment value for the children.
To me, one of the best points of Millets farm is the animal section. This spans over a large area and is great fun for all of the family especially the children and as the playground, is completely fee free. The animal area is placed next to the beautiful fishing lakes and has many benches and seating areas around.
The animals vary from sheep, cows, pigs, goats, ponies, geese and ducks. You are very welcome to feed the animals with food in the shop or bring along fruit or vegetables for them and the thing that I like so much about the farm is that hand sanitizer gel and hand washing facilities are available around the farm area.
There is a lot of land here on the farm and Millets farm have developed part of this into a wooded walk. Again, there are picnic facilities available and we find that the whole area is also easily accessible with a buggy.
The walk is very peaceful and has fact points along the way which is very educational for the children. The wood contains native British species including Oak, Ash, Poplar and Willow and forms part of a wetland area alongside the River Ock.
*Pick your own*
In the summer, Millets also do pick your own. As a family, we find this so much fun and our children love to pick juicy and ripe strawberries whilst filling their tummies with more than goes into their punnetts! The produce here is tasty and fresh and we look forward to fruit picking here very much. From June to September Millets Farm has over 50 acres of crops exclusively for Pick-Your-Own harvesting. A choice of over thirty different fruits and vegetables can be picked throughout the warmer months and many new varieties of certain crops mean that they are available for a greatly extended season such as strawberries, raspberries, soft fruits and more berries.
Millets farm is a fantastic day out for the family. There is so much to do here free of charge and a visit here in the good weather can fill the whole day. The farm is easily accessible and relatively easy to find and the car park is large with an abundance of parking spaces.
The farm is open every day whether to shop, visit the garden centre or just pop by to say hello to the animals and use the playground.
The farm is highly recommended by me and is a wonderful and enjoyable day out for the family.
A farm shop, restaurants, garden centre, a children's zoo, maze, and of course all those fury farm animals. Have a great family day outing.