Sunday, 18 August 2013

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

Just under an hour away from where I live is a fantastic place called Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.
Situated in South Wales in the county of Pembrokeshire, it is home to 250 animals and 50 species of wildlife.
It has been awarded Best Family Day Out in Wales 2010-2012 as judged by the National Tourism Awards for Wales.
Now I’m not a travel or tourism writer but I wanted to share with you my recent visit and a few snaps that were taken that day.
After we (myself, husband and daughter) had paid we placed a wristband on the little one with her name and my mobile number on, just in case for whatever reason she got lost (heaven forbid). These wristbands are given to anyone who comes along with children.
We then headed straight to see the penguins. The penguins are a recent attraction and FF currently has 24 Peruvian ones.

The enclosure allows you to overlook them so you have an excellent view of them swimming and sitting on the rocks. Round the side and underneath the enclosure you are able to watch them swim under water. This was fabulous as they would come up close to the glass and it was such a large size that even little children could get a good view without being lifted up.

After being entertained there, we headed off to see the giraffes at the Giraffe Heights Walkway. This is absolutely amazing as it allows you to stand on a platform so you are the same height as them and even get close enough to touch. Also from here you get a fantastic view of the Zebras.

As you walk around the park looking at all the different animals there are information boards telling you interesting facts. These are by the specifically build and large enclosures that house them.

Dotted around FF there are many picnic tables for your convenience if you have brought your own food along. There are also great places to eat from a light bite to a full restaurant serving hot food.
Aswell as the more exotic animals to see, there is also a huge undercover barn. Here we saw and got up close to a shire horse, donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, ferrets, rabbits and turkeys.

The biggest hit of the day that my daughter enjoyed were the adventure play areas, featuring a dragon and a pirate ship. Slides and rope and climbing frames could easily entertain children for hours on end.
The full size ferris wheel is always popular too. This is 50p per adult which you pay by exchange for a FF token. My daughter (who’s almost 3) has no fear and always asks to go on it!
There is also plenty of indoor fun too. Carousel Woods is a massive adventure area that has a forest and a soft play centre. 
A big hit with the older children is the indoor Vintage Funfair with waltzers, dodgems and a shooting range. Again you have to exchange tokens.
There was, and always is so much to explore and do. One day there is not enough. And FF recognises this. They offer a ‘boomerang’ ticket where if you return within seven days you only pay half price.

We thoroughly enjoyed. We arrived at 10.30am and left just before 4pm with an extremely exhausted toddler.
If you are on holiday in this part of the world you must pay a visit to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.
I have only told you what my family got up to; imagine the other family’s stories of their day here.

Make sure you visit their website to see for yourself everything that is there and the opening times and admission prices.

I hope you like this post. Please let me know if you have been to FF or any places that are great for a family day out.

Rachel xx

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