A family day out at Pennywell Farm
It’s not that often that you visit somewhere and everyone has a great day. But that’s what happened when we took a drive up to Pennywell Farm last Sunday. Loved by locals and tourists, it’s easy to see why. Animals you can pet and get close to, half hourly activities, farm rides and everything you’d expect to find at a farm attraction.
There’s so much to do in fact that we arrived at 10am and stayed until the last few minutes. It’s not a large site which means you don’t need to worry about missing out on anything, and there’s plenty for all ages. We skipped a couple of the activities and farm rides as Oscar’s a little young for them, and concentrated on visiting the farm animals and taking a ride on the train. All the farm rides are included in the entry price, and the only thing you’ll need to pay extra for is pony rides.
The stars of the show at Pennywell are their micro pigs, which are just as adorable as they sound. There’s a special area for ‘piggy cuddles’, which is something not to be missed. The little ones are lovely and happily napped away on my lap, but the bigger ones are a bit livelier. When we visited there were two recent litters of piglets, with some being born only two days before – aww!
If pigs aren’t your thing, there’s also goats, sheep, deer and horses to admire, pet and feed. One of our favourite spots was the pets corner, where you’re welcome to sit and cuddle rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and chicks. I did leave the place wishing we could take them home with us, mind…
We also spent a fair bit of time exploring all the non-animal things to do. There’s a beautiful willow maze with a lookout tower, soft play and bouncy castle, and dedicated space for toddlers to play. Kitted out with tractor ride-ons and trampolines, this was one of Oscar’s highlights. There was a bit of a magical moment where he took his first steps and bounces on a trampoline and his face lit up. And I felt guilty that we couldn’t rush out and buy one for home. The joys of apartment living.
As closing time rolled around I didn’t want the day to end. We had such a great time at Pennywell Farm and I’m sure we’ll be heading back soon. Once Oz is a little older I might buy us a season pass, because who can get bored of cuddling pigs and riding on a mini train?!
Here’s our day in photos:
If you’re planning a holiday to Devon or are local but haven’t been yet, I’d totally encourage you to visit. It’s one of the best days out we’ve had as a family of three. Adorable animals, tons of activities to stay busy, friendly staff and a lovely place to be.
You can find out more about Pennywell Farm on their website.
– N x