On our recent trip to Devon, we were invited to visit a fabulous local attraction, The Big Sheep. We stayed at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park, but wanted to be able to venture out and about to see what Devon had to offer. So when we came across the Big Sheep, we were so excited to go and explore.
I checked out the website before we went, and was astounded by the amount there was to do. I wondered if we would get it all done in a day, but as they are open 10am to 6pm, I was sure we could do a lot of stuff! We arrived in Devon on the Monday and decided to visit The Big Sheep on Tuesday (which turned out to be the perfect day, as we got hit by backend of a storm the following day, so it rained pretty much non-stop Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). The attraction was easy to find using our sat nav, and it was also pretty well signposted. We got there just after 10am and it wasn’t yet that busy so we didn’t have to queue up to get in. After explaining we were here for review purposes, we were given a map of the farm and a list of timings for the many shows. We were also asked if we wanted to book a pony ride – this was only £1 extra which I thought was a bargain! So we booked Alfie on, and we were given a time to attend the pony area. We then bought some food and entered the farm via the little café.
We immediately came to a track with tractors that could be driven around. This was an extra charge (again, only £1) but these were the only bits that had minimal extra charges, and they are clearly marked on the website so you can avoid them if you don’t want to have the kids pestering you to spend more money! Alfie wanted to go on with Daddy, and there was a very comical moment as the tractor was too heavy with both of them to get up the hill, so Alfie jumped out to let Craig out, but then it starting moving and Alfie was scared to get back in! Eventually they made it up the hill, both safely tucked in and had a great time!
As we continued round, we came across a lovely carousel ride (which we queued up for, then Alfie decided he din’t want to do it – joys of an indecisive three year old!!) which was thankfully next to a cute piggy pull along ride! It was children only so I was surprised when Alfie said he wanted to go on, but he jumped in the front car, right behind the tractor and sat beautifully as they were pulled around on a longish ride! He loved it and wanted to go again straight away! We persuaded him to check out something else and we’d go back later. Walking along we passed the field they did the sheep dog trials in which unfortunately we missed, and also the duck arena which we had just missed a little show. We went up past the ducks and found the electric quad bikes (which we decided to give a miss) and eventually Alfie decided he wanted to go on the bouncy pillows! Our local farm has one so he’s used to them and spent a good half hour bouncing around.
After the train ride, we queued up to do our pony ride. I think this was a great little extra to be able to do. Alfie went in and put his helmet on and then met the pony. However, he then freaked out a little and decided he didn’t want to sit on the pony. I think up close the pony was very big to Alfie and it scared him a little, so we had to leave without having a ride. But as it was only £1, it didn’t matter too much.
Alfie was itching to get in the soft play, and I was itching to have a sit down and cup of tea, so that’s where we headed next! The soft play was brilliant – it wasn’t massive but big enough for a three year old to keep himself entertained for a good hour. I sat and fed Henry whilst eating a gorgeous piece of cake and watched Daddy and Alfie running around, burning some energy. The slides were fantastic, and I couldn’t resist having a go myself! There was also a little baby bit that was great for Henry to have a play in. We could have spent a lot longer in there, but there was just so much to cram in, we didn’t want to miss out!
We left in time to take part in the sheep racing which was brilliant! We each chose our sheep, placed a bet (£1 each) and were given a badge each with our sheep’s name on. We watched in anticipation as the sheep ran round the track with their little jockeys on their backs. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but Alfie loved just being swept up in the excitement of cheering on his sheep.
We left the Big Sheep having had a brilliant day – we were completely exhausted from walking round all day but it was fab and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. It was perfect for Alfie’s age, but I think older children would still enjoy it just as much. There were some bigger rides, like the rollercoaster and the giant swings that we couldn’t use but looked good fun. We also skipped the swan pedalos but they looked fun too.
The Big Sheep is one not to miss if you are ever in North Devon.
Disclaimer: We were gifted entrance to the Big Sheep for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are honest and my own.