This review is kinda a two parter... Today I will introduce you to Hoo Farm and tomorrow you get to hear about Wild Will's Animal Encounters (which was the reason we were at Hoo Farm on Sunday)....
This park is only about 45 minutes away from Birmingham and is based in Telford. Our experience voucher entitled us to free entry into Hoo Farm, but in all honesty - for less than £8 for adult or child entry (under 2's go free), it's not an expensive day out anyway. We purchased 2 bags of animal feed (at a modest 75p each) as you can get up close and personal with several species of both farm and more exotic offerings.
The park isn't huge, but we managed to be entertained for 3 hours without any problems at all. There is a good schedule of feedings and chances to meet different species, so keep an eye out on your watches. We fed sheep, pigs, deer (although not up close as they were rather shy on Sunday) and got to hang out with different birds, Wallabies, and even stroke little pygmy hedgehogs. They have a lambing shed (with lambs being born everyday), so I got to stroke a 6 day old lamb and give it's mother a little snack too!
On the exotic side, there are meerkats, snakes, spiders, reptiles, foxes, lemurs and even some other big cats I hadn't seen before! Other than the animals, there are lots of activities to entertain the kids. Some of the park could do with a lick of paint (and the Hooville High Street was genuinely terrifying), but overall most children would get a kick out of being up close with the animals (even if they aren't interested in the other stuff going on).
You are invited to feed baby lambs and goats, but many of the people that were there on Sunday were obviously (like us) on experiences and were stroking birds of prey, holding snakes and feeding Coaties. We took a picnic lunch (so didn't use the cafe), but there is a cafe and gift shop on site which you can take advantage off.
We had a lovely time at Hoo Farm. As Mazzy has said, it definitely has more of a child/family focus - but if you're young at heart; you will have a great time regardless!
Hoo Farm is a large child friendly farm based near Telford in Shropshire.
My boyfriend and I visited Hoo Farm when we saw on a flyer that they were holding 'Animal Olympics' intrigued we headed on down.
It's soon pretty apparent that this is mainly a child and family-focussed attraction, there are loads of games and activities for children to take part in throughout the farm site.
Despite this, we had a wonderful time. We got to pet and feed lots of animals including cows, sheep, chicken, deer, goats, pigs and rabbits. Also at the farm are Alpacas, Wallaby, Meerkats, donkeys, shire horses, ponies, parrots, limas, owls, foxes, ferrets and many more.
The actual olympic events were lots of fun and none of the animals were harmed or seemed in any distress. The main events were sheep hurdles and cross country goat racing which were pretty funny although the dog ability event was even funnier as both dogs did completely the opposite to what they were told!
The only thing we didn't like is we hate to see large birds in small cages and would have preferred if the parrots had larger enclosures like the Owls.
There's a nice little gift shop and an onsite cafe plus woodland walk and picnic area. I would highly recommend this for a family day out but adults don't be put off - we loved it!
Hoo Farm is a previously working farm, now providing a wide range of animals & birds in the various habitats for viewing & amusement (sheep racing!). There are a good selection of animals from those that you would expect to see on a farm; sheep, pigs, chickens, to more exotic reptiles & parrots.
There is a trail round the farm, as well as housed zones & enclosures & specific petting areas. There is also a well equipped play area & some large trampolines, which are always a firm favourite with children.
The farm is well equipped by way of a small cafe with indoor & outdoor seating areas, providing a good variety of hot & cold food.
A great day out for the kids at Hoo Farm. One of my earliest memories is holding a tiny baby rabbit in my hands here; as well as wandering around the various enclosures feeding the animals with the packaged food that can be purchased in the shops. The sheep racing is always worth a watch (and can be rather hilarious) You'll find all the farm animals you can imagine here, as well as a few that you'd normally find housed in a zoo. Perfect for the aspiring farmer!
lovely farm for a day out with little ones. they do different things throughout the day and have famous sheep races which are a good laugh and get the kids excited.
reasonable priced for a day out and good location although telford town cetre could do with more sign posts as its out of the way a little
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