Socially-distanced fun at Mansfield farm
As lockdown restrictions lift, families are beginning to ease back into some kind of normality and taking days out.
I visited White Post Farm to see how they were keeping visitors safe and to experience the new social-distancing measures they had put in place.
We arrived early at the farm park on Mansfield Road in Farnsfield to find a small socially-distanced queue to get in and, once inside, it was clear to see they had worked hard on making the experience as family-friendly as possible.
Instead of the harsh yellow signs and arrows which instantly remind you of coronavirus, they had set out the farm in a clear one-way system, with each section named as a themed walk, such as ‘Morag and the field walk’.
It felt much more relaxed than we had anticipated, but there were still hand-washing stations at every section to remind everyone to keep safe, and masks were worn in the gift shop.
With visitor capacity currently reduced by 75 per cent, the farm park was easy to navigate whilst keeping our distance from other families, and facilities and touch points were constantly cleaned during our visit by friendly staff.
Anthony Moore, marketing manager for White Post Farm explained how it was going: “We are just so happy to be open to the public again.
“The response to our fundraising appeal was phenomenal - we raised more than £20,000, and it kept us afloat through a really difficult time.
"Everyone really seems to be enjoying it so far, we’re getting great feedback, and we think some of the changes may end up being made permanent as it has worked so well.”
We had a great day despite the rain, feeding the animals, seeing the newborn baby goats and visiting the newly-opened falconry section, and my 10-year-old even managed to forget about Fortnite for a few hours, which is no mean feat.
Visitors to the farm park are urged to pre-book their tickets in advance, via the website, before travelling: www.whitepostfarm.co.uk