Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh

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Review of "Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh"

published 20/04/2017 | ravingreviewer
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"Penny is doing Well."

Pennywell Farm is a working farm come tourist attraction that is situated in south Devon, and has over the last twenty years or so been developing to become what it is today. Having a wide range of children of all ages in the family, this is a centre that we have visited on a number of occasions over the years - in fact even for me at the grand old age of 34 now, I can remember visiting here as a much smaller boy too!

Being found a few miles away from the town of Buckfastleigh, it is signposted from the main A38 dual carriageway that runs between Plymouth and Exeter. However owing to its remote location up many winding country roads, buses do not run there - and so therefore, having your own car is a must (or a taxi if you can afford it!).

The current prices for a day pass in 2017 are as follows:

Adult - £14.95
Senior - £13.95
Child (3 - 16 years) - £10.95

They only appear to sell family tickets as a part of their season ticket price, which in 2017 is as follows:

Family (2 adult + 2 child) - £195.00
Adult - £65.00
Child (3 - 16 years) - £55.00

And of course it has to be said that in all cases, children who are aged under the age of three are admitted to the park for free. But as already pointed out, they do not really appear to sell a family ticket as a part of their normal daily entrance fee - however, it may well be worth contacting them before you get there in case a deal can be made (contact details below).

From the 11th of February until the 29th of October 207, the park is open seven days a week between the hours of ten o’clock in the morning and five o’clock in the evening - they are however open at other times outside of this period as I have been there at Christmas for a real life Nativity play, but one would advocate contacting them for opening hours at other times.

Being the aforementioned working farm, many of the activities that are put on by them do in fact revolve around this - and they are all posted up on site on the day. These include collecting eggs; milking goats, and bottle feeding lambs (baby sheep) or goat kids (baby goats). Along with this are also other activities including planting seeds to take home; pig racing, and getting closer to nature.

In other words, this is a farm that does its best to try and encourage people of all ages to get back to nature and to get involved - in other words, to get your hands dirty and to make the most of your visit! As an aside within the last ten years or so, the National Trust had published a study in effect that in the six months leading up to the study about 80% of the general population of the UK had not set foot on ‘natural land’ - that is, country land in whatever format you see that being.

And as well as trying to encourage people to become closer to nature as it were during the course of their visit, there are also a number of other activities for people to take an active part in. These include tractor and trailer rides; a small railway, and go kart races to fulfil the happiness needs of those who would wish to ‘go wild’ at some point during the course of their visit.

Should you wish to partake of anything food or drink wise during the course of your visit to the farm, there are a number of different ways in which to do so. These range from a licensed restaurant; through kiosks on site, to picnic tables that would allow those people who have bought their own grub to sit outside and take in the atmosphere.

In all, a visit to somewhere such as this is a must - although of course it is one of those places that unless you live within a reasonable distance from it, would be somewhere that you would only really have to visit should you were staying in the area. Disabled access is pretty decent throughout although owing to its position in the middle of the Devonshire countryside, some parts are of course going to be slightly more difficult than others to navigate about.

But as already pointed out, the park is in fact only really mainly open during the most part of ten months of the year. Therefore, many different festivals that are celebrated in this country are also celebrated here - but the times that they are open may also not go in line with various other festivals, and so as has already been noted it is perhaps better to make contact them beforehand in order to get the best of an experience as is possible.

However with this said, Pennywell Farm is one of those places that to me would appeal to pretty much everyone - as there is so much to do, then there is of course going to be something that would appeal to so many people of all ages. And so therefore, it leaves me with no other option but to sign off now with a recommendation to pay them a visit should you ever find yourself in the area.

But to finish on, the contact details as promised are as follows:

Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre Buckfastleigh
United Kingdom

01364 642023

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  • spanielize published 16/06/2017
    the Buckfast caught my eye !
  • IzzyS published 14/06/2017
    Good review.
  • Wee_Jackie_163 published 25/05/2017
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