Guest Blog – Review of Farmer Palmer’s by Mummy Blogger
Lovely Helen, from Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee came to visit Farmer Palmer’s at the beginning of September (2019). Here is her fabulous Guest Blog post about her experience.
Days out: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park Offers Non-Stop Fun For Little Ones
If you’re in Dorset and looking for a day out to entertain the little ones, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park has got to be at the top of a must-visit list.
We’ve been there twice before whilst on holiday but couldn’t resist a third time – especially when we had Granny and Grandad in tow for a weekend.
Farmer Palmer’s is near Poole and there’s so much to do there we actually struggled to get it all done in a day. None of my three boys (two year old twins and a four year old) wanted to leave one activity to do the next.
Something to keep everyone happy at Farmer Palmer’s
We basically divided and conquered between the four of us adults, ensuring everyone was happy. Apart from the four year old when we made him stop having fun to eat. Such bad parents!
The park has a fabulous ‘straw mountain’ where children can climb up varying heights and come down slides into piles of straw – their faces are a picture. Especially when they realise they don’t actually like the feel of straw! We couldn’t get our twins away from the pedal tractors, they wanted to return again and again, and the two bouncy castles, both indoor and outdoor, were also a hit.
The boys were taken with all the ducks on the pond whilst queuing up for a tractor trailer ride, and a particular highlight of the day for the four year old was a pony ride in the barn. Especially when Bryan the pony had to stop to do a poo mid-ride. You can imagine how this made it literally the best day ever for my eldest!
The twins loved taking Granny and Grandad into the sand playground – full of traditional play park equipment such as swings, slides and seesaws, with some great extras such as water pipes, wooden animals to climb on and Wendy Houses to explore.
Beach day fun on the farm
Next to the park is the chance to have beach day fun at a farm, with Farmer Palmer’s Sand and Splash Zone. Children can pump the water and let it flow in the great interactive water play area, as well as squeal with delight as they press the button and get soaked under a shower.
All three of our boys – with just a little bit of help from the Other Half and Grandad – did a few laps on the pedal go-karts and also loved the bumpy tractor trailer ride.
The Little Farmers Fun Barn proved one of the most popular attractions with my three, especially Twin One and the four year old who spent the entire time climbing through sensory tunnels and chasing each other around the loop and down the curly slide. Over and over and over again. Twin Two was a bit more cautious and enjoyed the soft play, blocks and exploring the farmhouse while his hectic brothers raced around.
Farmer Palmer’s animal activities
There is also a whole timetable of animal activities to take part in – including meeting and holding guinea pigs, pony grooming, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and goats, as well as meeting the resident pigs or hand-feeding deer. But all of these would have meant my boys actually sitting or standing still for longer than 10 seconds, so they weren’t interested this time.
There’s also a maize maze to play hide and seek in. We decided it was just asking for trouble letting our escape artist twins in there, seeing as they could get themselves lost in an empty room, but it looked great fun. We headed for a buggy stroll around the animal pens with the twins once they started flagging, whilst Daddy and the four year old tried out the soft play next to the cafe.
It’s safe to say they all had the best day, and promptly fell asleep on the journey back to Greenwood Grange where we were staying. (You can read my travel review of our weekend here.)
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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