Folly Farm Review

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is an award winning attraction and one of West Wales’ most popular attractions with families.

We love coming here and we visit every year with the girls.  The park is good at reinvesting and there have been several new animals and additional attractions added to the park each year.

The park is split into different sections; you have the Farm area, zoo, adventure and funfair. The guide maps of the park are very informative and are very good at helping to plan your day.

There are daily talks with the zoo keepers to learn more about your favourite animals.

Farm:

ff7The farm area is home to the piggery, meet and greet with various animals, farm favourites such as lambs, goats, horses, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and a horse.  The land train which takes you across to Follywood located in the overflow car park where there are more animals to see such as deer, shire horses, llamas and Percy’s Piggery.

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There are also some wooden structures to play on and a pretend cow to milk.   The girls loved climbing on board the tractor and combine harvester.

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There are sink areas to wash hands after the meet and greet and toilet facilities located outside the barn.

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Next to the farm is Folly Interactive.  It is an educational based sensory centre. At Folly Interactive, you can get a really close look at snakes and tortoises, macaws, armadillos, sloths and fruit bats.

 Zoo:

There are many animals in the zoo and feeding times and talks can be advised on the day.

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The zoo is a great place to view giraffes and zebras out in the wild.  There is a viewing platform and the animals are fed in front of your eyes.  The giraffes bend down to be fed and are eye to eye with you.  It’s a super spot for taking photos.  It is the only zoo in Wales to house these beautiful creatures.

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The lions are new to Folly Farm and have 5 cubs, you are able to view all around the enclosure and go inside to learn more about these fantastic creatures.

The rhinos, penguins and flamingos are the newest  residents.  You can view the penguins swimming under water.

ff12Folly Farm is one of only six zoos in the UK that cares for the critically endangered Eastern black rhino.

My daughter loves the meerkats and the lemurs.  The lemurs have their own island to live on.

There is an interactive area at the front of the park with variours birds, parrots and snakes.  The kids can dust off the sand to find the fossils and pick up a passport and stamp the animal prints on.
Adventure Play:

There are many wooden play areas in the park for the children to play on, even if the park is busy there is always room to play in the giant sand pit or dig on the mini diggers.  There are two tractor zones, one for under 3’s and bigger tractors for the older kids to ride on which my children thought were brilliant.

There are plenty of grass areas and picnic benches here to supervise the kids.

ff9Rides that require tokens but are good fun are the petrol Go Karts, Giant Ferris Wheel and Giant Diggers.

FunFair:

There is an indoor Victorian funfair and there is an extra charge of 50p per token.  Most rides are 1 token; only a couple of the older rides are 2 tokens.  There are token machines where you can exchange money for tokens.  We found although there was an additional charge for the rides, the children can go on many rides for a small fee.

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For younger children the best rides are Muffin the Mule which is a small donkey ride going around in a circle, The Tenby Train and cars ride.

 

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There are chair o planes, dodgems, carousel, ghost train, funhouse and the Jets.  The jets are plane rides going high in the air but you need to be over 1 metre to ride.  The caterpillar can be a little scary for younger kids as the roof comes over the top and is fast.

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There is a fantastically big indoor play area and soft play with plenty of seating, toilets, baby change and refreshment areas.  This is a very good idea if you are there on a wet or winters day.  The other undercover areas are: the farm, the funfair and the interactive area as you come out of the farm.

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Entrance is £10.25 per adult and £9.25 per child.  If you collect Tesco Clubcard points you  can also exchange these for tickets for Folly Farm. If your children are under the age of 2 they have free admission and parking is also free.  We have used Tesco Clubcard vouchers and paid the entrance price in the past.

The park can be very busy during school holidays and it is advisable to arrive early, there are lots of parking spaces and it is well organised by parking attendants.

Folly Farm has been awarded the 2014 Travellers Choice Award by Tripadvisor and most recently by  Visit Wales, Gold Accolade award of 2016.  The zoo is also members of British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).It ticks all the boxes for a fantastic day out.

 

 

 

 

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