Recently I was asked to review a holiday cottage in the New Forest, which happened to be near the border of Dorset. When looking into things to do in the local area, I remembered that I followed Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park on Twitter and sent them a message. They kindly agreed to let us visit and review.
We visited Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park on what happened to be a very sunny Saturday.
The farm park opens at 10am every day, and we arrived shortly afterwards to make the best of the day.
Once inside, the first thing that the kids spied was the Play Barn, with a bouncy castle and big ride-on tractor area which went outside as well.
Kids entertained, I went to check out the most important thing; the cafe.
I was not disappointed.
You can take drinks and food out of the cafe and sit wherever your children are playing, and there are benches all around the Play Barn so this was a most welcome start to the day.
What is there to do at Farmer Palmer’s on a sunny day?
There is a huge sandpit play area with play houses and my children could have spent hours in that alone!
There is a splash zone, and go karts which are suitable for slightly older children. There are also pony and tractor rides (although these have an additional cost).
There’s an outdoor bouncy castle, a place to make music and more animals to see outside. There is also a maze in the far corner away from the main buildings.
There is a timetable of daily activities, some of these are outside (eg pig racing and tractor rides) and some inside (eg lamb bottle feeding).
What about it it rains?
Being a British attraction, it’s unsurprising that Farmer Palmer’s is well equipped to deal with a wet day and there is plenty to do inside.
As well as the indoor Play Barn, there are animals which you can meet and sometimes help feed in the barn next door.
We stopped by the lamb bottle feeding, and meeting the pigs which both took place in the animal barn.
There is a large indoor play area, a big barn with slides made on hay bales which was very popular, and a soft play area. All three of these large areas plus the play barn with bouncy castel are under cover.
What is there to eat at Farmer Palmer’s?
There is plenty of space available for picnics if you’re the organised sort.
If not, the Hen House cafe is big and you can see the menu here.
What does a visit to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park cost?
Ticket price information can be found on their website but at the time of visiting it cost £9.50 for visitors aged 3 and over, and £4.90 for two year olds. You can get a family ticket for four people for £35.
For the price, I had expected to spend maybe half a day there but actually we could easily have spent the entire day at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park. The children loved it and it was ideally pitched at their age group i.e. preschoolers. Slightly older children would also find plenty to do; the website says suitable for children of 0-8 and I would definitely agree.
They even have dog kennels outside so if you’re holidaying with your pooch you don’t have to leave them behind.
Thank you to Farmer Palmer’s for letting us visit free of charge for the purposes of this review. We had a brilliant day out, the kids really enjoyed themselves and would love to go back again one day!
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