The Big Sheep, North Devon
During our recent holiday to Ilfracombe we decided to take a trip to The Big Sheep attraction. It had been a family favourite for Mr Mack and his family when they were on holiday growing up and it sounded like a fun day out for all of the family. We visited with Mini’s two older cousins (G and H) who were 7 and 9 so were keen to see if the park had something for all of the age ranges of the children.
It took us about 40 minutes to get there from our holiday home in Ilfracombe and was easy to find. Upon arriving we were given a wristband and the ladies on reception kindly explained the map and highlighted all of the show times throughout the day.
Firstly we decided to go and watch the Duck Trials, where a sheepdog helps to guide 7 ducks around obstacles in an arena. Mini thought it was really funny to watch and I thought that the commentator was really engaging.
Next we headed up towards the top field which had a number of things to do. G headed towards the go karts, whilst H wanted to play on the penalty shoot out area. Mini and I went to have a bounce on the trampolines. Although it was a busy day, as there were so many attractions and they were well spread out, the park never felt too busy and we hardly had to queue for anything.
All of the children then had fun jumping on the giant bouncy pillows. Mini wanted to have a pony ride but there was a bit of a big queue so we planned to come back later, but sadly didn’t get round to it.
After lunch we all headed towards Rampage, which claims to be Devon’s fastest rollercoaster and is a fairly new addition to The Big Sheep. Again, there was no queue to get on and off we zoomed around three laps of the track. Mini and H loved it although G was not so keen.
We then headed towards Battlefield Devon which is an outdoors game of laser tag. It is run separately from The Big Sheep however, all visitors are given a 10 minute game for free, after that you have to pay for a longer session. Initially we thought Mini may be too small to play, the guns were quite heavy, but she wanted to try. The aim is to run around the battlefield and try to shoot others on their headband whilst trying not to get shot yourself. We all had lots of fun and there were other players on the field to make it more interesting. I think that 10 minutes was just enough for little ones to have a go.
After two rides on The Twister, a large swing ride, we headed into the petting barn. There were lambs, sheep, puppies. rabbits and chicks to see and most of them could be stroked. All three children enjoyed stroking them and had fun feeding the sheep with food out of the animal vending machine.
After feeding the animals we went for a tractor ride with Jordan, who was funny and engaging throughout the 15 minutes ride. The fun, although rather bumpy, journey took us past some pigs, sheep, cows and llamas around the farm.
Following the tractor ride Mini and H wanted to have a ride on the train from Ewe-ston station which took a gentle journey around the duck pond.
The children then wanted to explore the soft play area which was quite expansive and housed 2 vertical drop slides, none of ours were brave enough to try them but it was amusing watching others come down. We only spent a short amount of time in the soft play as it was such a lovely day outside however, it would be a great place to spend more time if the weather wasn’t as kind.
Our last activity of the day was to watch the sheep races, which were commentated by Vaughn, who also loved his share of sheep related puns. You can bet £1 on one of 6 sheep to win the race and if your sheep wins you get to take home a winners mug and have your photo taken on the winner’s podium. Mr Mack’s sheep, Little Woolly Jumper, won the race however, Mini convinced him to swap sheep with her so that she could collect the prize.
We really enjoyed our visit to The Big Sheep and would highly recommend it as a great day out for families of all ages. There was lots to keep us occupied and there were still lots of things that we didn’t get chance to do on our trip such as more shows and animal feeding experiences, the swan boat ride and pony rides.
I think that the ticket price offers good value for money and we would happily visit again on a future holiday.
You can read more about our holiday adventures and other days out in the area here.
Current ticket prices are £13.95 for adults and children over 3 ft and £6 for children under 3ft however, do check their website before going for any offers for pre booking.
More information is available at www.thebigsheep.co.uk
Disclaimer: We received free tickets to The Big Sheep for the purposes of a review, all views and opinions are entirely my own.