This week we visited Dairyland Farmworld, a family attraction in Cornwall. I’m not normally overwhelmed by family parks now that I’m not a child anymore, but I have to say it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
I’m not sure who had more fun – my one year old daughter, her dad or me.
Dairyland Farmworld is celebrating it’s 40th year this year. Happy Birthday! I used to come here regularly with my dad & sister when I was little & I always loved it. There is something really magical about taking your own child to somewhere that you used to explore. It is obvious why the park is still going strong.
There is an absurd amount to do, whether you have a one year old, an eight year old or a thirty year old. The park also has a timetable of optional activities that you can plan your day around. Every half an hour there is something new to try & a lot of it’s repeated in the afternoon in case you missed out the first time. Here’s a typical timetable:
11.00 – Pat-a-pet
11.30 – Pony Rides
12.00 – Bottle Feeding
1.00 – Hay Ride
1.30 – Meet Boris & Daisy
2.00 – Pat-a-pet
2.30 – Milking Clarabelle
3.00 – Milking the cow
3.30 – Pony Rides
4.00 – Pat-a-pet
4.30 – Bottle Feeding
We planned our journey so that we’d get there in time for Pat-a-Pet. Evie loves our cat at home & she is very gentle with him, so were excited to introduce her to some new small fluffy animals. As you can see from her face she adored them. She got to meet a rabbit, a guinea pig & a chinchilla. There were quite a few families in the Pat-a-Pet area, but we didn’t have to wait long to have a turn with each of the animals, which is great if your little one gets wriggly quickly like ours.
All the activities are quite close together, so you don’t need to rush or hike to get to the next one. We planned to take Evie to bottle feed the lambs straight after Pat-a-Pet. When we got there she was really frightened of the loud bleating, so we had to skip this activity this time around. We did make up for it a bit later on & took her to feed some of the other lambs where it was a bit quieter. As you can see from her face, she was still a little bit unsure of the lambs. But we were so happy that she did pat them before we left.
We really felt like we’d got our moneys worth at Dairyland. We also went on the ‘hay ride’ where we were pulled by a Lamborghini tractor down to feed some ducks & fish. We explored the museum, where you can find out the history of the working farm. We played in the little outdoor park for younger children, as well as playing inside in the huge indoor soft play area where there is an area for smaller children as well as a big kid section with demon drops.
For older children their is also an outdoor assault course, trampolines, zip wire & a JCB driving school. Evie was a bit small for the JCB’s but we did let her have ago & she loved it.
If your child can sit up there are also Pony Rides. Apart from the hay ride, this is the only other activity that you have to pay for in addition to your ticket. But both of these activities are only an extra £1 each. Unfortunately Evie was fussing for her lunch so we didn’t get to take her on a Pony ride, but we did have a picnic right next to some goats, who we then got to feed right after we were finished.
We were exhausted by the end of the day. We are so disappointed that the one thing we didn’t get to see was the milking of the cows. The biggest part of the attraction is watching this part of the working farm, but we were so tired & it’s a great excuse to have to come again.
If you are in Cornwall, I really couldn’t recommend Dairyland Farmworld enough. For us, it really was the best family day out, rain or shine! I honestly cannot wait to go back. You could easily spend the entire day here & not get bored, no matter what your age is.
Have you ever been to Dairyland? Are you coming to Cornwall for your family holiday this year?
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