Mar 9th 2018 Back to latest news
The ‘Beast from the East’ had the UK gripped tightly in it’s icy claws at the beginning of March in 2018. The snow hit Dorset on Thursday 1st with full force and we managed to keep the park open for a while. But at 3pm we had to close the doors, it was getting heavier by the hour!
On Thursday evening, Sandra and Phillip Palmer (co-directors) made the difficult decision to close the farm park the following day. They posted on Social Media “We do not expect you [customers], or our team members, to make the icy drive to Organford.
#Poole. Enjoy your time with your families in the warm. Take care out there.” This was a very weighty decision because the attraction has NEVER been closed due to weather in the whole 20 years it’s been running! Following the snow that fell on Friday, Sandra and Phillip decided to stay closed on Saturday too. The ice which formed on top of the snow overnight had turned a lot of the park into an ice rink!
The Palmer family, helped by Robbie (Maintenance Supervisor) and Luke (Animal Barn Supervisor) who luckily live near by, all ‘mucked in’ to get through the days of closure. Sandra Palmer jumped into administration action! She contacted all the party parents who were due to have their little one’s parties over the weekend. Social media was extremely useful in keeping customers up to date with what was happening. Phillip, Luke and Robbie worked tirelessly to take care of all the animals. Including topping up their water from a tanker because all the mains water pipes were frozen! We’re so proud of everyone for their incredible efforts!
We took to Social Media to encourage some FP fun at home! A Colouring Activity and Spot the Difference download were posted to the Facebook page. Followed by two competitions and an album of all the snow photos we’d taken! Here are some of the photos from the album. It’s true that the snow caused havoc for so many. But the way Mother Nature covered everything with her white blankets and icy decorations was truly enchanting!
"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."Regular visitor
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."Regular visitor
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!"Allergy Awareness
"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!"Local Visitor
"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 :)"Regular visitor
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"Grandparent’s view
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"Winning testimonial
"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."Lissie Marshall