Tickets gifted for review in June 2021 – not all dinosaurs were in place at the time of our visit, however the last three should arrive soon 🙂
I’ve lost count how many times we’ve been for a day out to the amazing Manor Farm Park and Woodlands in Leicestershire, with every visit being just as special as the next.
From potato picking and pumpkin fun through to holding back the emotions when meeting Santa in the woodlands, it really is such an incredible place to visit all year round.
In time for May half term 2021, the team worked hard alongside the Natural History Museum to launch the extremely roarsome World of Dinosaur Roar Discovery Trail, and we could not have been more excited to be invited along to check it out.
What is the World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail?
Produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London, the The World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail is a dinosaur trail which runs through the beautiful woodlands at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands.
With all your favourite characters from the children’s books, you can currently find Road, Stomp, Whack and Whizz, with Flap, Boo and Much arriving later in June.
Along the way, you can learn some fun facts about all the dinosaurs on signs by each of the characters, which are all in beautiful bright colours too.
Lily isn’t familiar with the books, but was in her absolute element on the trail, excited to find out about each of the dinosaurs, how to pronounce their names, as well as their fun facts too! The trail isn’t long, so perfect for little legs, and Lily lapped it three times because she enjoyed it so much!
There are ‘roars’ and dinosaur noises in the trees too, which could make little ones jump, but the beautiful surroundings of the woodlands really made us feel like we were in Jurassic Park – it was so well done!
Is the trail accessible?
The trail is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs, making it perfect for all the family to enjoy.
You do have a 10-15min walk from the entrance to get to the woodlands, but the paths are all accessible and you have the amazing animals to enjoy along the way too, however if you do struggle with mobility, I would suggest using a wheelchair to access the trail if you find long distances difficult.
The website states: “Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the Main Entrance – prior booking is advisable.”
If children or adults are nervous about sudden loud noises, I would suggest bringing ear defenders or warning them about dinosaur noises.
They are great to make the trail seem so realistic, but I also know this is a trigger for some people.
We headed straight for the trail when we arrived before doing the animals and play areas afterwards, and had it completely to ourselves, so if you are looking for quieter times, I’d suggest visiting early or later each day.
For full accessibility information, please click here
How much does it cost to visit the trail?
The trail is including in your entry fee to Manor Farm Park & Woodlands.
What else is there to do there?
There really is so much to do at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands, we absolutely love it.
You can read our full review of Manor Farm Park & Woodlands here, however there is so much to enjoy, including meeting the animals, visiting the small animal chat room, exploring the woodlands, as well as three fantastic play areas – the indoor playbarn, the woodlands Fort Adventure Playground and the Burrows Play Area near the entrance.
They also now have swing boats to enjoy too – a definite hit with Lily! She loves the wooden playground in the woodlands, right by the dinosaur trail, with so much for all ages to enjoy and explore as well as a nature trail too.
The indoor play area has recently been updated and is a great way to escape the heat or rain, and includes ride-ons, a separate area for under 4s, climbing walls, and a pirate ship too – it was so quiet when we were there, even on a Saturday!
By the main entrance you can find the fantastic Burrows play area, surrounded by picnic benches, as well as a lovely gift shop, and some fun dinosaur mirrors too!
New for 2021, they also do Animal Experiences with small and large animals as well as alpacas – something we will definitely get involved with soon (they were all sold out when we went to visit, so get in quickly!)
Is there a café and can you take a picnic?
Yes and yes! The Antlers restaurant by the entrance has great hot and cold food for you to enjoy eating in or to take away for all the family as well as ice creams too.
There is also a take away café currently open for hot drinks, snacks and ice creams by both the indoor play area and woodlands play area too (open seasonally). The indoor cafe is currently closed in the play barn. This is correct as of June 2021 – check here for the latest updates.
Picnic benches are scattered around the farm park including around the woodlands play area, a picnic area by the entrance to the woodlands, as well as benches by the Burrows play area.
Are there toilets and baby changing?
Toilets and baby changing is available by the entrance, the indoor playbarn as well as the woodlands Fort Adventure play area too. There are unisex disabled toilets by the entrance and indoor playbarn.
There are also male and female toilets by the Animal Chat Room but there are no disabled toilets available here. In addition, the website states: “Space for private disabled changing can also be made available by prior arrangement ahead of your visit. There is no hoist.”
Will we go back?
Definitely! We absolutely LOVE Manor Farm Park & Woodlands and every single event we have been to has been so well organised.
We’ve also found that the farm park is so spread out that even on busiest days, there is space to enjoy – plus the staff are always so incredible, especially when they’re hosting events – I’ll never forget how enthusiastic the staff were when we were picking pumpkins and how amazing the Santa experience was.
The dinosaur trail was just wonderful and a fantastic addition to an already amazing place. Lily wants to go back as soon as the other dinosaurs are there, but even when we were there, she lapped the dinosaur trail three times and then I didn’t think I’d ever get her home from the play areas!
Thank you so much much to everyone at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands for another fantastic day – it really is a great day out all year round and a fantastic idea for the school holidays in Leicestershire too!
Opening times, address and Postcode
Manor Farm Park opens daily 10am-5pm.
Manor Farm Park & Woodlands
Castle Hill, East Leake, Nr Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 6LU