Farmer Palmers is a small rustic Farm Park not far from Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. With both inside and outdoor space, it’s a lovely place to spend the morning/afternoon or day if you are in the area. Admission prices are reasonable at £9.50 for adults and children over three, with under threes costing £4.90, and under twos are free. There is a family ticket for £35.00.
Review Falmer Palmer’s Farm Park
The farm park is set off a quiet road but is signposted from the main road. Parking is free, and there is an overflow carpark, although we missed the signs for this on the way in and we were lucky to get a space in the main car park. A nice touch on arrival were two dog kennels where you could keep your fur friend for the day, and the staff would check on them periodically and give them water. Good option rather than leaving them in the car – although not suitable in the heat we have all recently experienced.
After paying you are given a map, with a timetable of the events that would take place on the day. There were hands-on experiences like brushing a pony or feeding the goats, and you could also ride the tractor around the park. Please note, this carries a supplement of £1. It would have been better to have an all in price, as we didn’t have any cash on us, so had to forego this activity.
As soon as we got inside the gates, you go into an outdoor courtyard with barns on three sides of you, where there is lots of fun to be had. Charlie went straight for the straw mountain with slides. He loved climbing up the haystacks and whizzing down the slides. Some of the stacks were steep and high, so little ones may need a bit more help.
Afterwards, we spent some time on the tractors. There are two types, pedal and sit on and push, giving options for both younger and older ones. In here, you could fill up with fuel, go to the mechanic and car wash, and generally have fun in the area. In here there was also a bouncy castle. There was a larger outdoor one near to the go-karts.
Next, we ventured into the animal barn, which coincided with pony brushing. In the barn, they have lots of pens with animals in, some with their babies. I liked the information given as to when the babies were born, There were also guinea pigs, and a wall which named all of them, so the little ones could try and identify them based on the photos. Find out more here about the animals at Farmer Palmer’s.
The event area where the demonstrations took place was a cleared area with wooden box seats at different levels, allowing a lot of people to see what was happening. A Shetland pony was brought out by his handler and a demo on how to brush him. The handler was very clear little ones should not walk behind the pony as it was unsafe. Four children could brush at the same time, and straight away a boy walked behind the pony. I would have liked to see another member of staff ensuring that no one was in danger by going behind the pony. Charlie loved the brushing and it was the first time he had got so close to a pony. Using a Shetland was a great idea, as being so small, the children were not intimidated by the size.
Next stop for us was lunch. We bought a picnic, there were lots of tables outside you could eat from, or lots of grass areas you could lay out a picnic rug if you wanted to. It was lovely to see lots of families enjoying their picnics.
There was also a restaurant area inside that served homemade food, however, this was quiet whilst we were there, but the food looked good. Attached to this was a soft play area, perfect to burn off the energy after lunch. The area wasn’t massive, but a good size for little ones. I would say its best for preschoolers, as older ones may have got a bit bored. The toilets are also in this area. The main toilets were well maintained, and I liked the animal names in the doors. The nappy change rooms were a little tired but functional and clean.
Instead of the tractor ride, we went and did the woodland walk. This was a 20-minute walk around a river and over a few bridges. There was a small teapot play area on route, but this was looking a bit old and tired. Along the walk, there was information about what animals you may see, such as dragonflies and birds, Charlie enjoyed looking for them. One bridge had a sign that trolls were underneath, so we all went over the bridge stamping our feet to frighten them away! On the way back to the farm, we crossed the tractor ride path and into a field, with a few sit on wooden toys which again could have done with a paint. The walk was just about buggy able, but you may struggle with a wheelchair.
Charlie and I then went onto the pedal go-karts around a track. You could go off road along the bumps if you wanted or just stay on the track. This took a couple of minutes to go round. Really an adult was needed to pedal the kart as they were quite big, although Charlie enjoyed sitting on the back telling Mummy to pedal faster!
The outdoor play area and sand and water area both had a sandy floor. The water area for me was a bit too basic and only a small amount of water was being sprayed. Little ones were having a great time in their swimsuits and buckets and spades. The play area had lots of wooden climbing frames and buckets on chains for moving the sand about. I really liked the swings being partitioned off, to stop any little ones walking into their path. Charlie spent quite a long time exploring this area.
It was then time to go home. We didn’t get to see everything or go to all of the demonstrations, but what we did do, Charlie really enjoyed. The farm park is quite small, but that is reflected in the price compared to other attractions. Personally, I think the farm is a little tired and could do with some money being spent on some of the areas. But through little persons eyes, they just see all the fun to be had. Thank you for having us for the day.
If you are looking for more day out ideas in the local area please also see Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth. Fun and Rides Review. My Top 10 List Of Family Friendly Things To Do In Bournemouth and Charmouth Fossil Hunting | UK Fossil Collecting in Dorset.
Disclosure: Katie and her family received complimentary admission for the purpose of this review. All words, photos and opinions are her own and must not be reproduced without prior consent.
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