Looking for a Valentine’s Gift for the Animal Lover in your life? How about a day out on the farm? It’s a day out with a difference!
Unusual Animal Couples and Friends on the Farm
Toby (the Minature Medirannean Donkey) and Sunny Jim (the Minature English Spotted Pony) have been best friends since they first set eyes on each other! You can often find them in the same pen at the park and you’ll definitely hear Toby if Sunny Jim has decided to play hide-and-seek!
Alpacas and Sheep can live together. Alpacas are very good as guard dogs! (Do you know the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama? Find out here). They sometimes live in the same field as our Ewes with young lambs for protection.
Boys will be boys! Suffolk Rams and Pygmy Goat Billies live together in a ‘Bachelor’ herd on the farm park throughout most of the year (they can’t stay with the girls all year round for obvious reasons!).
These fluffy friends are Mr. Dahl and Miss Muffet, two of our grooming ponies. You can often find them together in the Animal Barn.
And sometimes; love is found in the job you do! The Animal Barn Team at Farmer Palmer’s are passionate about the animals they look after, often getting lots of lovely (if a little surprising!) kisses as they go about their working day! Zena is just about to get a lovely sloppy kiss from May the Cow in this photo!
Together for Ever
Most species of Swans and Geese mate for life. Although we humans may like to think of this bonding as romantic, the birds themselves have other reasons!
Birds often spend a lot of energy attracting and showing off to their potential mates. So to save energy for their long journeys each year, migratory birds often pair for life. This way they don’t have to go through the whole ‘song and dance’ each year!
It’s all about the experience! As a mating pair produces a brood together each year, they get better at caring for them through their experience as parents. This increases the chance of their offspring surviving.
The Perfect Gift for the Animal Lover in Your Life!
Gift Vouchers make farm-tastic gifts for animal lovers! The ‘flexi’ option allows you to pre-load the voucher to a value between £15.00 and £100.00. Imagine the look on your loved one’s face! Give the gift of experience (and animal cuddles!) this Valentine’s Day! You can enjoy a wonderful family day out together meeting Guinea Pigs, grooming Ponies, tickling Pigs and much moooore! Gift vouchers can be used in the Shop as well as on Admission, you don’t even have to visit the park if you just want to pop in for a little retail therapy! We have lots of lovely animal-themed gift ideas, come and take a look. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase from our online shop.
Not satisfied with a one-time visit? Step it up a level with your gift-giving and treat your loved on to an Annual Pass! Then you can visit as many times as you like for a whole year! If you want to share an Annual Pass with your partner, so either of you can bring the children for a visit, then take a look at our ‘Me OR You’ Pass option (it’s a little cheaper and a fab idea if you share childcare).
Is a Parent’s Love the Greatest Love of All?
Our gorgeous Dexter Cow (Minty) gave birth to her first Calf in February 2020. Although it was a difficult birth (as her little one was breech!) the Animal Barn team were amazing ‘midwives’ supporting her through the experience. Following the birth, it was incredible to witness the instant bond between mother and baby. It was quite emotional. Minty knew exactly what to do, nuzzling her baby, mooing gently and licking him clean. Is this TRUE love?
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‘Love is in the Hair’ Blog by Emma, 10th February 2020.
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!"
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"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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