During our stay at Bluestone I arranged for us to take a day trip out to Folly Farm. I used to go there loads as a child but I haven’t been for over 15 years! A few of my friends have been and they’ve told me how much it’s changed and I was intrigued to see for myself. My memories of Folly Farm were pretty vague but the main parts I remembered were the large indoor play area, the vintage funfair and the farm animals. Folly Farm has massively expanded since my child hood and they now have a zoo!
The zoo was the part I was most excited for. I’ve been too lots of zoo’s and safari’s in the past but at Folly Farm you can get much closer to the animals, which is perfect when you want to take photos of them. I absolutely loved the penguins and I could have spent hours there just watching them. The animals were all fairly close to each other so there wasn’t too much walking to do which was great as it was an extremely hot day. You can actually touch the giraffes at Folly Farm which was so cool as I’ve never been that close to them before.
After we had seen all the animals (which took around 2 hours) we headed inside to the restaurant area for some food and a much needed drink, non-alcoholic, although I did notice that they sold alcohol in the restaurant area. I was so excited to have a go on some of the rides in the vintage funfair I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. We all bought £10 worth of tokens and many of the rides cost between 50p and £1 to have a go on so we got to go on loads with our £10 each.
Some of the rides we went on actually went really fast and I was screaming my head off for the duration of those rides. We all couldn’t stop laughing and it was so much fun just to be a child again. We also had a go on some of the fairground games like hook a duck and rolling the ball to try and win a prize. Luckily everyone wins a prize each time and we all walked away with handfuls of key-rings and dice for our cars.
We headed back outside for a spin on the go-karts which were great fun and we also went on Folly Farm’s giant Ferris Wheel. The views from the top were incredible and you could see the entire zoo from above and miles of rolling hillside.
Just before we left we headed over to the other side of the road opposite Folly Farm where they provide a tractor ride to see more farm animals, deer and alpacas. It was a really nice relaxed way to end the day and take in some more sights before we headed back to Bluestone.
I can’t actually believe how much Folly Farm has expanded since I was a child and I think they have done an amazing job. We spent the full day at Folly Farm as there was so much to see and do. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and smiled so much, we really did have an amazing day. I can honestly say that Folly Farm isn’t just for families, it’s a really great day out and there is something for everyone.
Just as we were leaving I noticed signs about being a Zookeeper. For £39 you can have 20 minutes with either the penguins or giraffes feeding them. I definitely want to go back and feed the penguins soon, they are just too cute!
Have you visited Folly Farm before? I think you should just to see the Penguins!