Recently Archie’s been showing an interest in animals so we decided to take a trip to Cockfields Farm, a local farm in Tameside not too far from Manchester. It didn’t exactly go to plan but we did have a fun time regardless, especially when Archie saw the big plastic cow as opposed to the real animals. ‘Milking’ the cow was his absolute favourite thing of the day, he loved it and even got Daddy involved.
The animals were in pens in the barn for the children to visit, however Archie really didn’t react very well. I’m unsure if it was a sensory overload with his Autism as he just freaked out. The smell was pretty strong plus it was quite busy so these probably contributed. We were really weren’t expecting this reaction but in hindsight we should have known.
It didn’t stop the fun though as inside the barn there were also some Little Tikes cars which he loves, and luckily they were in a separate area that was quiet with no else playing so he was happy to go and have a little play.
Inside the farm shop there were some other little rides, we couldn’t get him off this one until his eye caught sight of the aquarium and he was off. Aside from the plastic cow, the aquarium was a favourite of his. he just loved looking at all the fish. From an Autism persective it’s a very calming area. The lights are dimmed for the fish and you can really see the colours of the special lighting. We spent more time in the aquarium looking at the fish tanks than we did anywhere else.
Outside the farm there is a big play area including a playground & inflatable half trampoline half bouncy castle that all the kids loved except Archie, it was just all too much for him hence why we didn’t take any photo’s. We were too busy trying to stop him from trying to scale the fence to escape, it was heartbreaking seeing his reaction to something most children would absolutely love. Instead we took him back into the aquarium to calm him down which seemed to really help.
All in all we did have a great time, even though we were only there for around an hour. We’d definitely go again but would just pay a visit to the aquarium rather than pay to go into the farm. We my even try again once Archie is a little older and go on a quieter week day rather than on a weekend when it’s busier but for now we’ll just put it down to a learning experience for us as a family.
We’re starting to understand more about Archie’s sensory issues and triggers so will be on the lookout for other family days out that he might enjoy. If you have any suggestions then please leave me a lovely comment.
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