A few weeks ago we had a great family holiday in Pembrokeshire Wales. We were staying at the Bluestone National Resort in Narbeth and had such a great time. During our stay we were invited to visit Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Kilgetty, which was about ten minutes away. It sounded like the kind of place that was right up our street and were really excited to spend the day there.
Folly Farm is not just a farm, the name is a bit deceiving. Folly Farm is an adventure park and fairground set over 120 acres – with farm and zoo animals on site. You park across the road from the venue and walk under the road through a tunnel to the entrance. This set the tone for Finley who thought walking under a road was majorly exciting – oh to be three!
The first place we headed was in fact the Jolly Barn, which had all your usual farmyard animals. There were some really cute lambs and Finley was particularly fond of the friendly goats. He also had the chance to milk a fake cow, which inevitably led to to all sorts of questions and measure himself up against the horse wall. Inside the barn there was also a play area with tractors and combine harvesters, which he loved.
Next stop was the Vintage Funfair, which was hands down my favourite place all day! Seriously it was brilliant! First of all, everything really is vintage – it actually has the retro rides and arcades from a bygone era. For the most part they are all in excellent condition and working order. A few of the games, we had trouble working or the slots were jammed but the rides were great. Finley at three years old (and as tall as a miniature pony apparently), was able to go on most things on his own or with us. His favourites were the Junior Carousel and Winnard Train. We also got him on the Ghost Train with us, which was fun and the Merry-Go-Round which was quite fast!
I think I should mention that the rides are not included in your entry fee as I always find extra charges when you’ve paid to go into somewhere quite annoying. However, I’ve checked their website and they do make this very clear when booking online. The entry fee to the farm, is in my opinion very reasonable at £13.95 an adult/ £11.95 for over 3’s/ £4.95 for toddlers. Although I did notice that they don’t offer a family ticket/ discount which is a bit out of the ordinary. However, the cost to go on the rides is actually pretty cheap, the majority are 1 token and 1 token costs 50p. We bought ten tokens for £5 and spent the best part of an hour there.
After all the fun of the fair we headed to the back of the centre, where the food hall and indoor play part are located. Finley was straight off, climbing ladders and crossing bridges that were high up in the barn roof. They also had soft play areas for younger children, all surrounded by plenty of chairs and tables. It was ideal for us, we could just sit down with drink and rest whilst he continued to run around and have fun!
I’m not sure if it was because it was a week day but in terms of buying food, there weren’t a lot of options. The only place we could find open was the Carousel Woods Burger Bar, which we felt was over priced and wasn’t really what we wanted. I was hoping for sandwiches and hot drinks. They do have other options on site, but unfortunately on the day we visited they didn’t seem to be open. In hindsight we should have been more organised and bought a picnic with us as there were plenty of places to sit and eat.
In the afternoon we headed outside to see the other animals. Our favourites were definitely the penguins who you could watch close up on land and swimming about. They have regular talks and feeds with the animals during the day so its worth asking for a map and guide at the entrance. They also had giraffes, zebras and monkeys.
The outdoor play parks are also pretty impressive, with two giant pirate ships and plenty of picnic tables. They also had a ride on tractor circuit and a ferris wheel.
We had a really good day out at Folly Farm and would certainly recommend it if you are visiting the area! It was good value for money and had plenty of fun to occupy children of all ages.
You can watch a video of our visit to Folly Farm and holiday in Wales here.
*Our visit to Folly Farm was FOC, in exchange for our honest review*
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