Prickly Ball Farm and Hedgehog Hospital is found just outside Newton Abbot and is well signposted from the Totnes Road (sat nav may be a bit iffy!).
We have been meaning to go for a long time, and when I saw that entry was a ‘fiver for February’ – £5/person, children under 3 are free – it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
Open every day with a full programme of daily activities – talks, animal handling and grooming, as well as several play areas and lots to see, it’s a great place to go with small children.
The charity works to assist with hedgehog conservation and care for most of the South West region. They have lots of information and talks about hedgehog habitats and wildlife issues and my older children were able to take on board a lot of what was discussed.The children were able to visit lots of animals around the farm and take part in supported handling sessions too. We were lucky enough to visit a couple of days after there had been new kids born and the children were fascinated to see the tiny kids all curled up asleep.
We took our own picnic and there were lots of both covered and outdoor picnic tables and benches where we could eat them. There is a cafe available too as well as ice creams sold in the gift shop. There are toilets including a changing area and many, many hand wash stations dotted about the farm to help you keep on top of hand hygiene.
We spent a long time exploring the outdoor play opportunities – trampoline, sand pits complete with sand toys and diggers, ride-ons and climbing frame with slides. the children ranged from 1 to 7 and all were very happily engaged and active.
I’m really pleased we’ve discovered this gem and look forward to returning very soon. For details of usual prices, annual memberships and opening hours, please see the website.