Occombe Farm, Torbay

http://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/occombe

A really brilliant place, only 30 minutes along the new South Devon link from Exeter. I can’t think why we’ve not been before as it ticks so many boxes for families with young children.

There is a farm with a wildlife trail, produce growing and animals to look at, as well as a farm shop, cafe and play area with picnic tables. (There’s also currently a rhino – part of the Great Big Rhino Trail!) Car parking is free, as is visiting – activities such as the trail are an additional small charge.

We booked into a ‘meet the animals’ tour which cost £2 per person (including adults) and were greeted and introduced to the staff who would take us around. We learned a little of the history of the farm and about the Trust that runs it before beginning a walk round to meet the animals.

As we visited the different areas of the farm, we were allowed to enter the pens/fields, and feed some of the animals. We were also able to ask questions and learn about the various breeds and how they are looked after. 

The children were really engaged and learned loads and surprised me by asking really relevant questions. 2 of our group had been before recently and were still really keen to go back round and listen, which I felt was a great reflection on the farm and staff.

After washing our hands at the useful outdoor station, we went for a play in the park and a picnic on the grass. There are tables inside the cafe and on a terrace with incredible views if you purchase food from there. 

We finished our day with an ice cream in the sunshine and plan to return really soon to take part in the trail!

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