If there was ever a bleaker, more miserable day than the one on which we visited Folly Farm, then I don’t want to see it. We had the unfortunate luck to visit whilst the UK was being battered by storm Callum and our toddler was feeling rather sick. If there was any luck to be had, then it’s that Folly Farm has plenty on offer to provide a lot of fun on a rainy day. Here’s a review of our day at the petting zoo!
Rainy Day Fun at Folly Farm
When we arrived at Folly Farm moments before opening time, it was absolutely battering it down. We quickly legged it from the near-empty car park to the entrance and dried off inside. Once we got inside we quickly realised that not many people fancied walking around a zoo on a miserable, stormy day, so we were almost the only people at the park.
I understand people’s skepticism for attending a zoo on a rainy day, but there was so much to do at Folly Farm that we barely even noticed the weather.
The Jolly Barn
The first place we headed to was the Jolly Barn. Not for any particular reason but it was one of closer places to get to from the massive gift shop and it’s obviously under cover. This is where you will find loads going on. You have all the usual animals that you can walk around and view.
Then they also have the animals meets, of which we saw a barn owl and a guinea pig. It was nice to see that they were still actually out and about with the animals for people to meet despite the fact there was virtually no one at the park. We’ve been to other petting zoos in the past and have almost felt ignored during a quiet period.
As an added thing to keep you entertained, Folly Farm even have these mini games dotted around the barn. Don’t get me wrong, they’re hardly going to provide you with hours of fun. But when it’s raining this badly and you have to stay indoors, you want as much to do as possible.
Indoor Soft Play
One thing Folly Farm really does have going for it is its soft play. As a parent to a toddler, I spend a LOT of time at soft play centres, and I have to say that Folly Farm easily has one of the better ones I’ve been to.
There are loads of separated areas for different age ranges and the whole thing is massive. We were rather unfortunate that our daughter was feeling pretty poor, so we didn’t exactly made good use of the soft play, but had this been a different day we could’ve been in there for hours!
We Really Didn’t have much luck on our visit
As I said at the top, we really didn’t have much luck when we visited Folly Farm. Had it just been the weather, I think we still would’ve managed to have a good few hours of fun. But our daughter really wasn’t feeling the best. She perked up every now and then and we kinda hoped that if she saw everything that was going on she’d be a little more up for playing. But it wasn’t to be, and we spent the majority of the time carrying her around like this.
Losing value for money on a Rainy Day
The main problem with attending somewhere like Folly Farm on a rainy day is the fact you obviously lose out on some of the value for money. Maybe if it’s a day with intermittent rain you can make full use of the entire park during the patches of dry weather. But on a day where the rain is unrelenting like on the day we had, then you really are limited with what you can do.
Essentially, what you’re getting for your money at Folly Farm from an indoor aspect is a very good petting zoo, a retro arcade with rides and an exceptionally good soft play.
For a family of four (two adults and two children over 3) spending the day at Folly Farm will set you back £49.32. And that’s with the 15% discount for booking online. If you have use of everything available at the park, then I’d say that’s really good value for money. But when you’re limited to only the indoor elements of the park, it really does put a big dent on the value.
But Folly Farm really is somewhere we’ll try to visit every time we go to West Wales. Just hopefully next time, we might have a little bit more luck!
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