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 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/
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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.
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