Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Farmer Palmers Farmyard Fun

Today promised to be a gorgeous sunny day so we spontaneously decided to visit our local farm, Farmer Palmers here in Dorset. I have blogged about it before (see here), but it's such a great place - we have annual passes and not a week goes by when we don't pop in!

My husband decided to come along today so this was a real treat for Elliot - he couldn't wait to show his Daddy all his favourite animals. We had a quick picnic first and then decided to go on the deer safari. This costs £2 per person (under 3s free) and takes you on a tractor trailer ride past all the outside animals and into a field of red deer. You're then allowed to get off the trailer and hand feed the deer! It's a brilliant experience and the deer are so tame....and so hungry!! We also got to see one of Elliot's favourites - Dave the stag! Dave shed his antlers this week so we didn't spot him at first but there was no mistaking his alpha-male stance amongst his female companions. Elliot was a bit wary of feeding the deer at first - he was reluctant to hold any food in his hand and was just launching a handful onto the ground!


After the deer safari had finished we made our way over to the Animal Barn where it was Trotter Time and we got to meet Peppa, a very friendly Kune Kune pig and her 9 piglets. The piglets were born in february and are very cute! Elliot couldn't wait to have a stroke and he even said "I want a pig!"


We decided then to go on the Woodland Walk - I've been to Farmer Palmer's a million times (probably!) and we've never found the time to do this so it was nice to be able to finally tick this one off. There were a few other families walking around but it was lovely and peaceful with the stream trickling on past. There were things to climb on scattered round the walk and Elliot loved climbing up into the shoe and whizzing down the slide!


Elliot was beginning to flag at this point because he'd not had his afternoon nap so we took a slow walk up to the outside animal enclosures where we saw goats, alpacas, chickens (lots of varieties!), piggies, sheep and Alan the Barn Owl. I'd thought the other piglets from earlier were cute but we found another litter of baby pigs that took cute to a whole new level!!! These little fellas were born at the beginning of April and the poor mum has 13 of them to look after! (I can't imagine having 13 Elliots!!) . Elliot was fascinated and kept asking if he could have one....maybe if they stayed that size but the mummy pig was rather large, can you imagine having that in your back garden?!


After a quick play in the playground and an ice-lolly stop we decided to call it a day, Elliot was almost asleep on his feet!

It was another lovely day at our favourite local attraction and I'm sure we will back soon!

  ANIMALTALES Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
Mummascribbles

17 comments:

  1. I'd love to visit a farm like this with my little ones! They'd go nuts! Love the pics. I just popped over to say hi! #TwinklyTuesday

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you got anything similar near you? We are very lucky, its only a 10 minute drive from ours so we go weekly! x

      Delete
  2. Squeeeeaaalllll - PIGLET overload AND they are Kune Kunes, the breed we have. A second post on #AnimalTales that is making me smile this morning!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ahhh I love taking Elsa to places like this. We went to our local one a few weeks ago and she loved the little piglets.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The pigs are my favourite, I could have spent ages watching them yesterday - so cute! x

      Delete
  4. Aww what a lovely post! I'm totally in love with Dave!!! Awww what a beauty! Will look this place up next time we're down in Lulworth, visiting our friends :) Thanks so much for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You definitely should visit if you're in the area! xx

      Delete
  5. What a lovely day out for you all. Great photos. I would have loved to have got amongst those piglets. Clare x

    ReplyDelete
  6. looks like a lovely day out, its been a long time since I've visited a place like that as my kids are all grown up now

    ReplyDelete
  7. Farmer Palmers sounds like a lovely day out for the family, it's great that Elliot got to show his dad all his favourite parts around the farm. It's great that you managed to get up close to Dave the Stag, our stag doesn't come quite so close. It looks like there's loads of learning opportunities around the farm as well as plenty of new places to explore every time you visit. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Aww I just love those piglets. And getting annual passes sounds such a good idea

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow, it looks great fun here! I love a good farm visit :) #countrykids

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ah, this is lovely! You're so lucky to have something so beautiful close by #LoveWhereILive

    ReplyDelete
  11. This place looks sooo much fun! I've never been on a deer safari - how cool I think I would have been a bit scared too. Those piglets look so cute. I don't think we have a farm near us that I know of, might have to do some researchhing! #lovewhereilive
    Sabrina xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh you're allowed to stroke the little piggies!!!!!! Amazing! We love the farm, its been one of our day out while we've been home :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great photos un the little pigs look too cute we missed them on our trip the other day - I have never done the woodland walk either, one for next time x

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...