Edinburgh’s Craigies Farm to open new adventure farm park experience for summer
Craigies Farm has announced the arrival of a brand new adventure farm park for budding little farmers.
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John and Kirsteen Sinclair, the husband-and-wife team behind Edinburgh’s Craigies Farm have invested £2 million to further diversify the family-farm experience, which attracts 260,000 visitors annually.
The introduction of the new high-quality family-friendly attraction comes as the country eases out of some of the toughest restrictions the UK has faced since Covid struck in 2020.
From Tuesday June 8, the first ‘early bird’ families will get the chance to discover Little Farmers and explore its 20,000 sq. ft. indoor and outdoor play offer which includes a bespoke Timberplay Scotland play-barn, sand and water messy play yard, a mini animal farm, party rooms and a spacious cafe.
In addition to being a working farm, Craigies has a much-loved farm shop & deli, café and pick your own fields.
John Sinclair, founder and owner of Craigies, says: “We are thrilled to open the doors of Little Farmers and welcome the first families to what we hope will become a top Central Belt attraction. The new adventure farm park enriches the offer at Craigies while giving families a much-needed quality play experience after long spells spent at home and indoors.
“Little Farmers gives children a taste of rural life and so they can enjoy the great things that my family have enjoyed for generations - food, fun and farming!
“We have worked with Timberplay Scotland using world-leading Richter Spielgeräte products made in Germany to create a unique playground that will light up a child’s imagination, stimulating adventure, play and exciting farm work!
“There is no shortage of fun at Little Farmers with slides, towers, troughs, barns, rope bridges, ladders and poles throughout. We even have the only spinning carrots and apples in the world! An outdoor area with sand and water promotes messy play and kids will love our mini animal with resident pigs, sheep, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies, chickens and a Clydesdale Horse.”
Mark Grimshaw of Timberplay Scotland says: “Little Farmers is one of Scotland’s most exciting new adventure farm parks. Unique to Craigies, this farm-based play environment creates a world with a variety of quality play experiences that are not only fun for children, but which supports their development and understanding of the world around them - which at Craigies is a celebration of rural life.
“Richter Spielgeräte equipment is natural, sustainable and tactile and allows children to understand the construction and imagine their own ideas for building. The bespoke design aligns with the heritage and setting of the surrounding farmland with subtle theming, whilst maintaining maximum play value for the children using the play space.”
“Through Little Farmers, we have created an inspiring play environment that allows children to dive into play with all their senses and look forward to hearing how local communities respond to the new attraction.”
Little Farmers opens to the public on Tuesday June 8. Ticketing and pricing information can be found online at: craigieslittlefarmers.co.uk
All visitors are asked to pre-book tickets in advance and bear in mind current government restrictions when visiting the area.