Fun at Pennywell Farm in Devon!
If you have little ones you can’t beat a day out at an animal farm park. They offer so much more than just the animals these days. Although for me, it’s the animals that are the highlight. Pennywell Farm in Devon is an award winning farm and the biggest in the South West! They work with Visit South Devon which is an official, not for profit marketing organisation for East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and the South Hams. You can find out more about Visit South Devon here and check out what’s coming up in the area this summer!
Fun on the farm!
We visited Pennywell Farm on our recent weekend break with Cofton Holidays. From Weston-super-Mare it took around 2 hours to reach, including a few toilet stops for b. We found the farm easily using our Sat Nav – just pop in TQ11 0LT if you’re planning a visit! There’s loads of parking when you arrive too.
We got there around half 11, it was drizzly and I worried about mr d getting around on his crutches. He was fine though.
Although the farm looks huge here, it was actually easy to get around, with plenty of good path and walkways. Perfect for crutches! There were also loads of benches and picnic areas so mr d could take a break.
After you get your tickets and map, you go through a small animal area. There was a member of staff there through out the day to let the kids, and adults, handle the animals. From guinea pigs to rats, there were plenty of cuddles to be had. B was fascinated by the frogspawn. They had a huge tank and the tadpoles had just got their front legs. We didn’t hold these though!
Activities all day!
Outside the pet area, there was a huge chalkboard with the times of all activities through the day. And there were so many! We were just in time to bottle feed the baby goats but little man was being a bit of a grouch and didn’t want to. I mean really, who wouldn’t want to bottle feed baby goats? My son apparently.
You can see above that there is so much going on through the day. Taking a photo of this board was a good idea so we didn’t miss out on the things we wanted to see and do!
indoor and Outdoor play
There are loads of places for little ones to play at Pennywell, and a good number of undercover areas if it rains. And it did rain on and off all day for us. But we still had an awesome time!
First up b tried out all the ride-on tractors.
We had a play in the toddler area too and there were lots of houses full with sand or play equipement to explore!
There were a number of other wooden playhouses dotted around the park and b loved going in these and pretend to make me a cup of tea.
Noah’s Picnic and Play Barn
We spent a bit of time playing in Noah’s play barn when the weather wasn’t so great. There are two huge bouncy castles; one a pirate ship and another with a slide. B enjoyed playing on both and made me do the pirate assault course too. As well as bouncy castles, there was soft play fun for little ones and then different areas with games such as giant connect four and Lego tables.
This is the first time I’ve seen an indoor play barn have things like Lego for the kids.
There was even a story corner. It was really well thought out. Outside the play barn is the crazy golf. We didn’t have a go but it looked fun. There’s also a large filed set up to play croquet.
Refuel at the Henny Penny Cafe
We had our lunch at the Henny Penny café and there was a great selection from jacket potatoes and sarnies to soups and chips. They offer a pick n mix children’s lunch box too. I just know b wouldn’t eat it all though so he shared some of mine and daddy’s.
I went for a cheese jacket and daddy went for a bit of a ploughman’s. Ham, cheese, crusty bread, salad and pickle. B loved this too. Oh and we ordered a huge side of chips!
I usually pack a picnic but I didn’t yesterday as I was a bit unorganized getting ready for our weekend break. If you’re like me and cant be bothered with soggy sarnies then the café is a great place to grab a bite.
There is undercover seating area if the weather is bad. And just look at the views! And the ominous dark clouds threatening rain.
Get Lost in the Willow maze!
After lunch b and I headed to the willow maze. We actually did it back to front by entering the fort first. We found our way out though and b loved exploring the maze.
I always feel a bit anxious about mazes as the hubby and I got lost in a maize maze years ago and it took flippin ages to get out. This one is fairly simple though and the dead ends are short so you’re not wandering for ten minutes only to find you hit a willow tree!
Free rides included!
Pennywell offers a number of rides included in the entry price. We had a good on the Rainbow Train and the Rocket. That train whizzed round and we had to go on it a second time because b wanted to sit right at the front. I was pleased we’d just eaten haha!
The Red Rocket Ride launches off into farm space through the day. It stops for the pig racing at half two though.
they are super cute and completely remind me of our Jerry cat – cheeky and beady eyed (link to panic to perfect). Cute but stinky! We watched a number races and the ferrets were rewarded with raw eggs. Bluergh. They loved it though!
We sat in the barn for a while and let daddy rest his leg. And as luck would have it, more baby goat bottle feeding! Ah they are so cute and Mr d and I started to look into keeping a goat. Argh!
World Famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs
Another cute highlight of the day for me was seeing the miniature pigs.
They were super cute and one of the mums had just had babies. They were the size of kittens, all running about and chasing each other. It was cuteness overload! Pennywell have bred the miniature pigs for over 20 years and you can cuddle them any time, any day! Every day at half two they do mini pig racing and this was a lot of fun.
And the winner is…
Feed the Goats
I love feeding the animals and when you enter Pennywell, you can buy some feed to take with you. It is worth getting a couple of bags as it’s such fun to feed the goats. B was a bit wary so I ended up feeding them!
They are just so cute!
Do you enjoy going to animal farm parks? Have you been to Pennywell Farm in Devon? If you are in the area then you should def check it out as there is so much to do with little ones!
Disclaimer: We were invited to Pennywell to provide this review. We loved it! It was awesome and it had so much to offer for kids!