Broom House Farm is situated near Witton Gilbert which is about 10 minutes from Consett on the A691 heading towards Durham. The coffee shop and a farm shop are both open daily and the adventure trail is open weekends 10am-4pm and daily during County Durham school holidays in Spring, Summer and Autumn, (weather permitting).
The adventure trail is made up of different activities & obstacles, these include towers to climb, slides to whizz down, planks to balance on and my family’s favourite is the skateboard tunnel!
As well as the adventure trail there is also a “Wind in the Willows Trail” where you have to match up the homes to the characters from the book & a Forest Fairy trail so there is lots to keep different ages entertained.
My children are 4 & 7 and both love visiting Broom House Farm but we have taken older and younger children with us who all thoroughly enjoyed it too. There is pushchair /wheelchair access to the left of the entrance bridge and the main paths are quite firm if you’re planning on taking a buggy or wheel chair it might be best to ring to check about the mud & puddles!
I would recommend wearing sturdy trainers and long sleeves and keep long hair tied back as we got in a bit of a tangle with the skateboard wheels! Friendly dogs are welcome in the Forest Adventure but must be kept on a lead at all times.
We live quite close to Broom House Farm so we sometimes just pop in for a couple of hours then visit the coffee shop for an afternoon treat. However we have also spent the whole day there as there is so much to do! Once you have paid admission for the trail you can come and go all day, so if you wanted to spend a couple of hours in the forest then head back to the coffee shop or picnic area for lunch you could go back into the forest in the afternoon.
The coffee shop serves a range of cakes, scones, breakfasts, brunch and light lunches. I love their cheese scones which are served warm with cheese and chutney! The large separate picnic field is accessed from the overflow car park by the drive.
On the playfield there is a sand pit, a maze, bales of hay to jump on, football and rugby posts and a swing and slide set suitable for younger children. All of these facilities are free to use if you are visiting the coffee shop.
Forest Adventure Admission is £5.50 per person for everyone aged 2 and over. Family Tickets are £20.00 for 2 adults (parents/carers/grandparents) and their 2 children. Children under 17 are not allowed on the trail unattended.
Season Tickets are really good value and are valid for all the dates that they are open in 2019 - so buy one as soon as you can! 2019 Prices are for a family of 2 £30, family of 3 £45, family of 4 £60, family of 5 £75 & a family of 6 is £90. Forest Adventure Tickets are available from the Coffee Shop.
Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6TR
Tel: 0191 371 8382