Pennywell Farm is an attraction aimed at families with younger children which offers rides and lots of interactivity with the animals.
The Farm is located close to Buckfastleigh on the A38 dual carriageway which runs through South Devon. This means it is around 20 miles and no more than an 30 minutes drive, from Exeter in one direction and Plymouth in the other. And if you are stopping on the South Devon coast, the travelling to Pennywell will take between 30 minutes and an hour depending on the traffic.
One of the most appealing attractions of Pennywell Farm is how each day has events throughout the day, mainly based around the animals. So Falconry displays, feeding times for the animals and meet the animals, and, at the end of the day, rounding up the animals as the park closes will ensure a full day out for visitors. It’s not a big attraction park, but the events and presentations ensure that there is a full day of enjoyment and interest, combined with a ‘hands-on’ feeling with the animals.
Some of the animal highlights include the Miniature Pigs, who even produce paintings which you can buy, along with deer, tortoises, ferrets, birds of prey and the farmyard animals. And there are often baby animals to see at the farm, depending on which time of year you visit.
Pennywell Farm are also proactive throughout the year organising different events at appropriate times of the year, such as the lambing season, Christmas and Easter activities, so it is worth visiting their website before travel to see what is on.
Complementing the animals are a collection of rides including:
- Big red tractor rides.
- Coin operated Quad bikes.
- A willow maze.
- Assault course.
- Rainbow railway.
- Soft play area.
In many ways Pennywell Farm is the opposite of a modern day theme park; there are no thrill seeking rides or noisy arcades. Instead it’s hands on enjoyment and interest for families in a picturesque and peaceful setting with far reaching views towards Dartmoor.
Finally we should probably mention the weather, if it does rain during a visit, there are a number of barns where the animal presentations take place, so there is shelter and things to occupy young minds if it does rain.
See more about Pennywell Farm on their website.