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Review by C Grain on 10th May, 2007

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I took my 21 month old toddler to Ferry Farm today. It was easy to find, signposted off the A612, between Lowdham and Southwell. Plenty of car parking. Great farmyard where children can run free with the hoards of friendly animals and birds. There were chickens, ducks, bantams, geese, baby goats, rabbits, and piglets loose. Calves/baby lambs, guinea pigs, litter of kittens(!)in pens in a barn and some gorgeous pigs in a pen outside. You can buy a little bag of food (50p) for the animals. This was great fun as word guickly gets round that snacks are available and in no time you are surrounded by them! A short walk from the yard were ponies and donkeys. In the summer, it seems, pony rides are available. They have an indoor soft play area, and an outside adventure playground sort of thing for bigger children.There are pedal go karts and pedal tractors, each with their own track. There is a cafe which sells baguettes, cakes and meals. Baguettes around 3.50, meals around 4-6. The food seems to be homemade and of good quality. They are very well set up for children and have heaps of (clean) high chairs. There is a children's menu, which unfortunately does involve chips and beans, but includes 'real chicken' chicken nuggets and fish fingers which I suppose might be worth a try. Drinks available for children are Fruit Shoots etc, but then a cup of milk is an option too, so the choice is there. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Something we tested out when my friend's little boy got into the soft play area and could not find his way out! Only thing to be wary of is an exposed pond sort of thing in a pen just off the farmyard bit. My daughter went in there looking for more animals, as it was I was right behind her, but had she wandered off unseen there could have been a problem. Their website does not tell you a lot about what to expect and does not do them justice which is why I have included so much detail.

Date visited: 10/5/2007

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