THE TAMAR VALLEY DONKEY PARK

THE TAMAR VALLEY DONKEY PARK

During our stay at Woodovis Park in Devon, we visited The Tamar Valley Donkey Park.

The Tamar Valley Donkey Park is both a sanctuary for donkey’s and an outdoor and indoor family attraction.

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The park definitely retains an old-fashioned feel to it with it’s 90’s charm. It’s not yet caught up with some of the UK’s top attractions, and you certainly won’t find the latest and greatest play areas and equipment here. But, it has got everything you need for a couple of hours of entertainment for your little ones.

Plus, you’re supporting donkey’s and animals that have been homed here and are being looked after.

The Animals

The best part about the Tamar Valley Donkey Park is indeed the donkeys. They’re so friendly and both the donkey’s and goats are free to roam about.

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Even if you don’t have food on you, they love to approach people for a cuddle. If you do have food however, they will nudge you until you feed them which is seriously cute, but we’d advise you to hold, or help your little ones to feed them, if they’re small.

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The park is home to a whole variety of animals, not just donkeys. You can meet anything from goats, to horses, to pigs, to rabbits.

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The Play Areas

There are both indoor and outdoor play areas at the Tamar Valley Donkey Park. Again, all the equipment is slightly shabby looking, but still completely safe to use.

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The indoor soft play area, is perfect for both toddlers and older children. We really enjoyed all the little zones that were available for Evie to play in.

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This included a giant lego construction zone, an under three’s area and a driving track, complete with tractors and cars. 

You could easily spend a lot of time indoors, sitting down to have a cup of tea while your little ones play.

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Outside, you can complete an assault course, play on trampolines, slides or swings. Evie’s favourite part was the trampolines and it was so hard to get her off to explore the rest of the park.

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Outside you also have the option to walk down to see the pigs and ferrets. If you do this, I really wouldn’t advise letting your children roam off by themselves, as there are quite a few hazards down here (exposed electrics, an electric fence and pipes) that you need to be careful of.

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Although there is plenty to do outdoors and big spaces to explore, we would advise you to supervise your children at all times whilst outdoors.

Facilities

The Tamar Valley Donkey Park has an onsite cafe, toilets and baby changing facilities. There are also hand washing stations available, for when you finish petting the animals.

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There are information points about the animals inside the main entrance. This offers a great spot for you to learn more about different breeds. 

Food and Drink

The cafe was closed when we came as it was quiet, but the friendly receptionist was more than happy to cater for us with food or drink if we desired it.

Our Verdict

The Tamar Donkey Valley Park certainly makes you feel like you’re stepping into a bit of a time warp. They even had videos for sale in their brick a brack section!

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But, our toddler absolutely loved both the outdoor and indoor play areas. There were enough slides and swings to share if it gets busy and there is enough here to entertain a toddler for a couple of hours.

The animals were really friendly and approachable and it was great that even toddlers can approach them and be safe.

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If you do decide to come to the Tamar Valley Donkey Park, be prepared as it is expensive, with kids paying almost the same as the adults.

It’s not worth the money if you’re looking for a family day out or lots of entertainment, but your money is supporting the animals.

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The park is in need of sprucing up, but it does have character. It’s worth a visit if you have a donkey fan in the family.

If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the beautiful Lydford Gorge, which is part of the National Trust.

Have you ever visited Tamar Donkey Park? What’s your favourite attraction to visit in Devon? Let us know in the comments below.

*We were given complimentary entry to Tamar Donkey Park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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10 Comments

  1. September 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    It looks like a perfect place to take my little one. The mixture of outdoor play and indoor play is great. Plus I ADORE donkeys!

  2. September 27, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Who doesn’t love donkeys? We actually visited the sanctuary on a holiday to Devon last September and had such a wonderful day out. There’s so much to see and do there. Great review! xx

  3. September 27, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    My mum loves Donkeys and we would love to support them but it’s a shame to hear about the hazards and it being overpriced.

  4. September 27, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Such a fun day! I think getting little ones so close to animals like this is such a good idea.

  5. September 28, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Never been but I love in Ireland so it wouldn’t be a location I could do in a day. Or looks great though. We have been to a farm this year in Cork but unfortunately the weather was terrible.

  6. September 28, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    This looks such a gentle, peaceful place – Pickle would love it! Lovely photos too. Kaz x

  7. September 29, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Oooh how fun does this look! My toddler is obsessed with animals and would love this place! The lego construction area looks great too 🙂 x

  8. October 2, 2016 / 9:21 am

    A donkey park, how cute. Looks great fun for the smallies.

    Ps your photography skill are amazing.

  9. October 2, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    This place looks and sounds awesome! I love donkeys, always thought they were so sweet. Bella would love this place! xo

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