When I found out that we were going to return to Bluestone Resort I knew we would have to visit Folly Farm. It is only a ten minute drive away from the resort and seemed to have everything needed to entertain two four year olds. I had seen the signposts for Folly Farm on our last holiday and had assumed it was going to be a small petting farm. We were certainly in for a surprise. It is home to a zoo, a farm, a fun fair, a huge indoor adventure ground and several outdoor play areas too. We were hard pressed to get around everything in one day!
We started our Folly Farm adventure in the Jolly Barn, an enclosed farm yard area. We got close to sheep, pigs, donkeys, horses and chickens to name a few. However, Adam had his sights firmly set on the combine harvester and tractor play equipment. As the Jolly Barn is indoor it means it is suitable for all types of weather.
From there Adam made his way to the Sand Diggers within the Destruction Playground. Adam loved pretending to be a builder in the construction-themed giant sandpit playground. There were several different style diggers that the children were able to use independently to dig up the sand. Adam picked up how to manipulate the digger fairly quickly and was soon digging away.
Next Adam discovered the Pedal Tractors. This was a large enclosed space with a several miniature pedal tractors that could be driven around a track. Adam was in his element and could easily have spent all day driving his tractor around the track whilst viewing the Big Wheel in the distance.
After reluctantly leaving the Pedal Tractors, we went to explore the zoo. It was hard to believe that on top of all the play areas Folly Farm was also home to a large zoo. There are over 50 different species at the zoo with more than 250 animals. Adams highlights were watching the meerkats, seeing the Black Rhino, discovering the cusimanse (a type of mongoose) for the first time and watching the African Lions sleeping. Adam couldn’t believe how close we could get to the giraffes as they were eating.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the Penguin Coast. Not only did they get to see the Humboldt penguins resting on the ground but we spent ages watching them swim underwater.
I have never seen so many outdoor play areas as I have at Folly Farm. Each one was huge in itself and included many picnic areas for you to enjoy your lunch. The themed areas included a large Pirate boat, a castle and a Welsh Dragon to name but a few.
That was not all. Folly Farm is also home to Carousel Woods. This is an enormous indoor adventure playground in an enchanted forest. We couldn’t get over how huge the indoor play area was.
As the day came to an end we just had enough time to visit the Vintage Funfair. This is Europe’s largest undercover vintage funfair with a huge collection of restored working rides. All rides are token operated and are an additional cost to the day out. The boys enjoyed the Ghost Train, the vintage cars and Tenby Railway.
Despite spending a full day at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo we could have easily stayed longer. We didn’t get the opportunity to visit Follywood, Cwtch Corner, the Go-Karts and The Big Dig which are mini CAT excavators. We highly recommend Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo for a fantastic family day out and look forward to returning in the future for more adventures.
Disclaimer: We were given four tickets to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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