An adorable day out for animal lovers!
The Farm is around an hour’s drive away from Galmpton Touring Park, and is a guaranteed great day out! All of the ponies, aside from being utterly adorable, are tame and love to be stroked and played with – so the kids (and their parents) can get up close and personal and spend some real quality time with these delightful creatures. Now is a great time to visit too – as the mature ponies have had a busy few months and there are 3 brand new foals at the farm! However, there are more than tiny ponies and horses on offer for visitors.
There are peacocks and hens with tiny newborns arriving all the time during the Spring months. In the aviaries, there are cockatiels and several different varieties of poultry including incredibly noisy guinea fowl – whom now have their own living area in Pets Paddock. There are also rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, and pigmy goats as well.
As well as the animals and birds, there are some high-energy attractions for children including Fort Bovey, and indoor activity area featuring a climbing wall, slide and tunnels which is ideal for children aged six and over. There are also soft play areas inside where younger children can crawl through holes, leap into ball pools, and play on a curly slide. At the top of the Centre there is a trampoline area, with 3 huge trampolines for the big kids, and a special one for those under 5, and for the really adventurous amongst you, try the zip-wire and get a birds-eye view of the whole park!
Children aged 3 to 10 years old can have pony rides touring a complete circuit of the riding area. Don’t worry, each ride (and child) is supervised by staff who are experts with the ponies, and will also make sure you have all the right kit – including a safety helmet! Each ride costs £2.
If you fancy something a little more peaceful during your visit, there is a fantastic walkway through the hedges, wetlands, and ponds, surrounded by trees and brimming with wildlife. In the Willow Garden you can walk amongst the butterflies and discover all kinds of insects and amongst the flowers and plants, and a trip to the top of the Stallion Paddock Walk rewards you with a magnificent view.
If you are planning to make a special trip, why not check out the hugely popular Pony Care Days? At £50 for a full day, or £30 for half a day the kids are taught the basic of how to properly care for the ponies – including feeding, grooming and mucking out! If the weather is nice they can also get involved in bathing the ponies – which, whilst a wonderful experience, can also prove rather wet so bring a change of clothes just in case! Pony Days must be booked at least a week in advance to avoid missing out!
The Centre is open daily from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm, although during August it stays open until 5.00pm. Admission for adults is £8.50, children 3 to 16 are £7.50 and Seniors and concessions are £7.00. Children under 3 are free. You can also get a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for £30 with additional children costing £6.00 each.