Animal Antics on the Farm, you bet there are lots! Looking after animals is something that everyone enjoys, whether you’re 5yrs old or 65yrs old! Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at Farmer Palmer’s when we are caring for our animals? Have you ever considered the funny things our mischievous animals get up to? Perhaps you have asked “just how many animals do Farmer Palmer’s have?” Well, hopefully all of your questions will be answered here.
Looking After Animals at Farmer Palmer’s
One of the joys of being a part of Farmer Palmer’s Animal Team is that you get to have close contact with all the animals. However, this becomes a big task when you have as many animals as we do. There are over 100 chickens or ducks. We have 3 alpacas, 4 cows and at least 40 goats, 45 guinea pigs, 30 pigs, 50 sheep and many more other animals.
Animal welfare is key for us. All of our animals need feeding and looking after every day. This involves filling up their hay & water and making sure they’re healthy and happy. Poo-picking pens is important to to make sure the animals don’t roll in things they shouldn’t! This helps to keep their ‘bedroom’ clean and tidy and their coats free from mess too! The manes on horses and ponies help to keep them warm during the colder months and also help with fly protection, although their tails are the best for this. To find out more about our ponies head over to the Animals page on our website!
The Animal Barn team do a great job each day spending lots of time with the animals. Fortunately, that means they also get to see some funny little things happening when there’s no body else looking…
The Funny Things Animals Do
Now most of us know the story of Bambi, the baby orphan deer who came to the farm park earlier in the year … (If you don’t then click here to find out more). However, we have had some other funny and special things happen around the park before and after open times.
For example; one evening our dairy cows managed to escape from the area they’d been put out to graze in that afternoon. Following this, they wandered over to where the ponies were staying and made their way over the barrier. So our anti-pony escape barrier didn’t work so well against a much bigger cow. They then managed to play with the gate just enough to open it and pushed their way back out. The ponies were very excited by this! To them, their pen had just become a lot bigger. And now it included the Maize Maze… So all the Ponies and Cows made their way into the Maze and had a wonderful time. It’s a good job the Animal Barn Team know the secrets of the maze and didn’t get lost!
As you may have heard, we also have a little piglet who is an escape artist! He loves to wiggle and squeeze his way out through the fence and go exploring! He loves to have a wander around the pens and comes and asks for his food first thing in the morning; some days he can be found as far as the Car Boot field! He often goes to find Tina because he knows that she will be down to feed him shortly. He does this so often that we have had to put a sign up to assure you, our customers he’s ok, and will always find his way home to mum!
Visiting Other Farm Parks
Farmer Palmer’s isn’t the only amazing place that you can visit cute and funny farm animals. There are many places around the south west and beyond to see them. Here are some top picks from TripAdvisor Reviews:
Folly Farm is 120 acre Farm Park turned zoo in Wales that homes over 750 animals and has a Vintage Fairground with 17 rides and eight play areas! It has a 5 Star rating on TripAdvisor from nearly 5000 reviews so it’s a really great place to visit.
We love Pennywell, their owners are great! Located in Devon, this Farm Park features attractions such as Tractor Rides, Go Karts, a Railway and also the ‘Red Rockets’. They are famous for their miniature pigs which are definitely worth seeing. They hold a 4.5 Star rating on TripAdvisor.
This family run farm park is in Surrey and has been a farm park since 1992; It is still a working sheep farm. They currently hold a well deserved 4.5 Star rating on TripAdvisor with some fantastic reviews.
So what’s next?
There is always something going on and each animal encounter is special, and different! After reading this, we hope that you have the feeling that you would love to come and see us more and more! Click here for more information on our current opening times. You could even be thinking of buying an Annual Pass … That would be great! You can either purchase a Pass on your next visit or you can use our customer-friendly website to set up your membership (Top Tip: you get a discount for buying online), then you can visit us as many times as you’d throughout the year.
We live locally to Farmer Palmers and have annual passes for our whole family. We’ve been visiting the farm for 6 years now (so I have lots of good things to say!) My younger daughter age 19 months loves it and so does her 6 year old sister! (My eldest also loved it as a toddler!)
It’s a farm, with all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see and more.
The indoor play area is done very well and my youngest and eldest daughter love it in there, soft play is also great for both ages.
Bouncy castles are kept clean and well maintained (let’s remember there’s a daily influx of small children who’ve spent the day running free range on a FARM so of course it’s got signs of being used!).
My daughters love it here, you have an array of activities to choose from woodland walks, soft play & bouncy castles. Guinea pig holding is a hit (happy well looked after Guinea pigs not cramped up in a pet shop. We were so happy with the standards of care we got our own guinea pigs from here!). Goat and lamb feeding (yes on busy days you don’t get a huge amount of time yet I haven’t heard a grumble from a single child). Not mention water sprinklers, Go carts which are suitable for both adults and small children, lovely picnic area and playground, seasonal pony rides and real milking demonstration (my eldest loves it!). There is decent home cooked food served in the cafe. Also a tractor ride available for a couple of £ you can even feed deer.
We’ve had several birthday parties here (so have my nephews and nieces age up to age 12!) and everyone loves it.
Considering the price of most family days out, I think Farmer Palmers is actually very good value for money, it’s a far cry from a theme park (thank goodness!) and I love spending time with my kids here throughout the year be it rain of shine!
Will be renewing our annual pass for the 3rd year this summer!
Thanks for endless entertainment!
W Beth 2019
Not a theme park a wonderful family farm
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."
Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"
Sarah says "Food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were friendly"
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"
Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff,
who were fantastic, we were very pleased"
Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"
Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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