Last month while we were on holiday at the Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, we decided to make a visit to an amazing local attraction called Folly Farm. I’d heard rave reviews from other bloggers so was really looking forward to seeing things for myself…and I was not disappointed.
Located in Kilgetty which is a short 9 minute drive away from Bluestone, Folly Farm is a must-see attraction if you’re ever in the area. Whilst its name would suggest it’s simply a “farm”, there are so many so many things to see and do there. It’s a farmyard, a zoo, a vintage funfair, a soft play centre and an adventure playground…all rolled into one.
As we visited during term-time, it was fairly quiet although there were quite a few children there on school trips. Folly Farm is really geared up towards children, with a particular emphasis on education. It’s a fantastic destination for them to interact with and learn more about animals and their habitats.
The Jolly Barn and Farm was located next to the entrance so we started our day there. It’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with all of your farmyard favourites. It’s home to a variety of animals including sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, ferrets and more. It is by far the cleanest farm I have ever been to; the barn floor was absolutely spotless, the pens had fresh bedding and the animals were clearly well looked after and cared for by their handlers.
The barn itself was huge and I loved the layout, with plenty of open spaces, huge retro signs hanging above the animal pens, brightly coloured coops for the different poultry, a farm-themed play area, plenty of handwashing facilities (vital when you’re handling animals) and even a mini farmhouse complete with mice in the kitchen and rabbits in the garden’s vegetable patch.
Riley’s extremely inquisitive so he thoroughly enjoyed Cwtch Corner where he had the opportunity to get hands-on with furry favourites, milk a life-size plastic cow, view chicks in the incubation exhibit. This area also featured a host of interactive, educational exhibits where he could learn more about farming processes, where food comes from and animal families.
Upon leaving the barn, we entered Folly Interactive. This is an education-based sensory centre which aims to encourage children to engage with interactive exhibits such as Whose Poo? And What’s that Whiff?. It also enables them to experience slightly more unusual animals such as Royal Python snakes, large birds, tortoises, tropical fish, spiders and reptiles.
There was also a series of fun and educational challenges where the boys were able to uncover fossils, look at insects/mini beasts through magnifying glasses, match animals to their habitats and trace endangered species.
When we’d left the centre and explored the sensory garden, we made our way to the zoo. Folly Zoo is home to over 50 different species of animal including zebras, lions, giraffes, rhinos, ostrich, camels, penguins, lemurs, meerkats and many more. One thing I was particularly impressed with was the enclosures – they were large, well equipped and maintained and purposely built for each animal. You could tell that a lot of thought had gone into each one and that the residents themselves were happy, healthy and thriving.
Giraffes are one of my favourite animals and we just happened to stop by their enclosure as they were being fed so we literally came face to face with them at the viewing platform.
Before leaving, we stopped by Indoor Soft Play Centre and Folly Farm’s Vintage Funfair which is home to a huge collection of fun fair rides including a carousel, ghost train, dodgems, waltzer, chair-o-planes and so much more. You have to purchase tokens to access the rides but they really weren’t that expensive and the boys had so much fun.
We had the most amazing time at Folly Farm and i would totally recommend visiting if you are ever in the area. I know we will be if we return to Pembrokeshire. It is a brilliant place for a family day out and there is so much to see and do for children of all ages.