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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    • July 25, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      It’s so challenging, you really have to think about whether it will do more harm than good. Some places we just would never visit as it would be too much for him but it’s all about find solutions rather than just avoiding everything 🙂
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  1. July 14, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I guess you only find these things out by going. Great that he enjoyed the aquarium so much, must admit I’m a bit fond of them myself!

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  2. July 25, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Looks like a lovely farm! Archie enjoying the plastic cow more than the real animals sounds like my little boy. I took him to a farm recently due to his love of animal figures but he hated it! Hope you get to enjoy a trip to the aquarium part again soon 🙂 #CountryKids

  3. July 25, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    We had a little boy here last week who sounds very like Archie, he is a regular but still has issues on the feed run at busy times, often he will follow the feed run on the busy days rather than join in, this way he did everything at his own pace in his own way, animals can be great but definitely worth visiting them at quieter times and outdoor pens are always fresher smelling! Looks like the aquarium was a big hit, keep up the activities, You and Archie will find the best ways to deal with them. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

  4. July 27, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Fruit picking might be a great activity? Farms where you can pick fruit normally have little animal pens as well and rarely get really busy. He can pick the fruit and try tasting it or swashing it etc. 🙂 x
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  5. January 12, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Did you know that some cinemas do Autism friendly film days too may be an option for your little one. He could still access this wearing ear defenders available from Wickes builders merchants for children’s sizes ? I work with children with have ASD and have a Grandson with Autism and a brother with Aspergers so I understand your predicament. If he likes fish Blue Planet aquarium. Xxx Liz Wright ?

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