27 April 2013

Pennywell farm and Wildlife Centre

Situated in South Devon, only a few miles from Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay, is Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre; a fantastic interactive family day out.



Upon entry you arrive in Pets Corner where you can cuddle up with your favourite smaller sized animals with friendly staff on hand to answer any questions. The Mini Mes thoroughly enjoyed this area (as did I) where they got to hold goats, rabbits and even their famous miniature pigs!
 



The Main Barn next door is where a lot of the activities take place and with it's large seating area there is plenty of room for everyone to get involved. We listened to an informative yet interesting talk on goat milking and then had the opportunity to take part too, earning a stamp for the Mini Mes certificates in the process.

If you collect 6 stamps during your visit a child can enter for free when you return - a great idea!




There is a new activity every half an hour including egg collecting, falconry displays, ferret racing and a family entertainer so there is always something to keep you occupied throughout your trip. We remained in the barn and fed the newborn lambs next which is a truly lovely experience for both young and old. There are plenty of bottles to go round to ensure everyone gets a turn.

All rides are included within the admission charge of £11.95 for adults and £9.95 for children (under 3's go free) which I felt was very good value.

The Tractor and Trailer ride takes you out into the fields where you can look for a variety of animals that are displayed in the trees and bushes. The driver got out briefly to discuss the views and local area.


The Run Rabbit Go Carts are suitable for children aged 8+ as they can pick up speed quite quickly and younger children may struggle to reach the pedals. Minxy and the Mr went on these and had a great time racing under the bridge while Jamster and I cheered them on from above!


The Rainbow Railway is a small train that does several circuits of a track, ideal for the whole family.


The Red Rocket is great fun for those over 4. The two wheeled barrels are pulled along for a bouncy ride!






We wandered around, fussed and fed a variety of animals and groomed some ponies too. There are plenty of sheep, horses, pigs and even deer to get up close to which we all really enjoyed.
Apart from the rides and animals there are trampolines, a play area for under 5's, ride-ons, bouncy castles, sand pits and an assault course to play on. There is a willow maze to explore, a tower with a nice view across the land, a variety of cafes, areas for picnics and pond dipping.




There is plenty to do and see for a full day of fun and I would definitely return again. I would say that Pennywell is the best farm for hands-on fun that I've ever been to!
 
Minxy: "It was awesome! I loved holding the tiny pigs."
Jamster: "The best day ever."


If you wish to find out more about Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre, book tickets, arrange a birthday party or plan a school trip you can head over to their website: http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/
 
*** WIN ***
 
The lovely team at Pennywell have kindly provided a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to giveaway so you can have a great family day out too!
 
You can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below before 18th May 2013.
Good luck!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

40 comments :

  1. Seeing the goats - I adore goats!

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  2. What a great day out. Just look at those happy faces!

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  3. Looks like you had a fab time

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  4. Pennywell definitely seems to provide some great activities for a family day out as well as giving children the opportunity to meet some friendly farm animals. Thanks for linking up your fun day out to Country Kids.

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  5. I love visiting farms like this...so much diversity of things to do!

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  6. We love Pennywell, not too far from us, and of all the things there our daughter loves the turkeys the best. I like the chance to cuddle animals!

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  7. Oh, and I follow on GFC (TC)

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  8. i visited here when i was a child and loved it! i am not surprised your children did too. how lovely to feed the lambs and that train ride looks fun x

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  9. the little train looks good!
    im following on gfc, networked blogs, i think email too

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  10. I folow by email and GFC as mellysocks

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  11. looking at the animals with my son. I've commented on chocolate and oatmeal cookies and follow via email as talcfour@hotmail.co.uk

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  12. what a lovely placePennywell looks :)

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  13. Looks like a wonderful day out - love the photos with the animals. #CountryKids

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  14. Oh it looks like you had an awesome day! That slide is fantastic- you wouldn't catch me going down it though, tube slides scare me :-D
    xx

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  15. We really like the tiny cute little pigs, can never get kids away from them :-)

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  16. I would love to take my little girl to see the little pigs. She loves piggies.

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  17. Katie Matthews1 May 2013 at 22:05

    Cuddle a Pennywell pig!! They are gorgeous

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  18. Katie Matthews2 May 2013 at 14:13

    following via pinterest (Katie Matthews)

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  19. Feeding the lambs, my boys would love it

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  20. Hold some of the smaller animals!

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  21. Love Pennywell ... one of our favourite days out !!

    Thank you for the great competition.....................xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  22. Ferret racing sounds like fun!

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  23. Following on Google Connect

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  24. Pam Francis Gregory13 May 2013 at 19:11

    Hopefully there will be some Kid goats!

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  25. The goats are so funny but you have to watch them or they will eat your clothes. Do you still do the bird displays? Its been a while since I visited but it was always a fantastic day out, you appear to have even more to do now....but with the time slots for some parts it really helps to fit every thing in.
    Fantastic family day out

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  26. we love helping to feed the animals

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  27. I would love to take my two year old there. She would love to see the animals. She love's rabbits and loves making noises that go with the animals, especially the pigs ;-)

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  28. Jane Middleton17 May 2013 at 20:38

    The Run Rabbit Go Carts look good fun

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  30. Jane Middleton17 May 2013 at 20:43

    Following with email

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  31. I'd love to hold some of the baby animals, especially the tiny pigs!

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  32. I don't think there is anything else they need - a great day out when I take my grandchild to Devon on hols

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