Reviewed by Kimberley Hallett
We were really excited about reviewing Pennywell Farm in Devon as it is such a good day out with lots to do for everyone! On arrival at Pennywell farm we were greeted by a friendly member of staff, who gave us a list of all the activities that were running that day, and name badges for the children. The name badges were a good idea because when Oliver was doing activities such as egg collecting the staff could call him by his name.
We started off with the egg collecting. All the children were given buckets and were very excited to be collecting the eggs. Next we went in the Willow Maze, my son loved finding his way out and burnt off lots of energy in the process!
One of the activities on whilst we were there was the circus skills. A lady was demonstrating and teaching the children (and some adults) how to spin plates, use the ribbons, hula hoop etc… My son loved this and the lady was very helpful.
On our way in to Pennywell we bought some of the animal food, which we used to feed the goats. It was lovely to watch my son who is usually scared of animals feeding and stroking the goats.
My son really enjoyed going on the Rainbow Train, I think he went on 3 or 4 times as there wasn’t much of a queue. This was one of the free rides you get included with admission, others include the Red Rocket (4+), Tractor and Trailer and the Go Carts (8+) you can also go on pony or donkey rides, which were £3.50.
We took a picnic with us and found that there were lots of benches and places to eat our picnic. The food in Henny Penny’s cafe looked nice although we didn’t try it. But we did buy cups of tea and ice creams, which we found reasonably priced.
One of my favourite parts of the day was holding the piglets they were so soft and sweet and the children loved stroking them! Again the member of staff in there was fabulous giving everybody piglets to hold but making sure the piglets were ok and calming them down if they seemed upset.
We went in the play barn where there is a bouncy castle, large sand pit and numerous toys and activities for the children to play with. Also in the play barn is a snack bar where you can buy hot drinks. I found this convenient as I could sit with a cup of tea whilst the children played. The farm has lots of play areas for the children both inside and out, including ones specifically designed for toddlers.
We were able to hold rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings, mice and piglets whilst at Pennywell Farm which was amazing. The staff are so friendly and good with children too, which I am sad to say you don’t get at all places. Hand washing was readily available around the farm, which is good when the children have been touching the animals.
We didn’t get to do all the Hands on activities as there was so much to do but there are activities running all day by the friendly staff.
I had an 8 month old with me and baby change was available for her also the farm was fully accessible for pushchairs and disabled people.
Its £13.95 for an adult and £9.95 for a child with under three going free. It is quite expensive but there is lots to do and you can really spend the while day there. They have a stamp certificate for children and of they do 6 activities/rides and get the stamps then they can get free entry with a paying adult. Also if it rains you can visit again for free in the next seven days. They also have free onsite parking.
I would really recommend a visit to Pennywell Farm as it is such a fabulous day out for all the family with so much to do. My little boy is already asking when our next visit will be.
Tickets: £13.95 Adult / £9.95 Child
For more information or to book tickets visit www.pennywellfarm.co.uk.
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT | 01364 642023