L and the bees

An Afternoon at Quince Honey Farm

As we did so many amazing trips when we were in Devon thanks to Devon’s Top Attractions, I wanted to share them all with you, so over the next few days expect plenty of posts about the places we went, what we loved, what we didn’t and most importantly what toddler L thought of them, so in this article I’ll tell you about our trip to Quince Honey Farm.

Tree trunk hive
Tree trunk hive

Our trip to Quince Honey Farm did not start well, as it was around an hour from where we were staying at Sandaway Beach Holiday Park and some of the other days out we went on we knew it was perfect napping distance so decided to go one afternoon. We went after a really great morning at The BIG Sheep and the little one slept the whole way there, on the bizarre detour we took and in the car park when we gave up finding places to drive.

Quince honey farm
For a while we thought this view from the car would be as close as we would get

After being sat in the car for nearly an hour and having actually discussed going back to the caravan and trying again another day, L eventually woke up from his epic nap.

Enjoying Critter Cabin
Enjoying Critter Cabin

Normally our post nap toddler is a happy toddler but not on this day when he declared, ‘no fun, no bees, L walk and see cars on road’. Uh right, OK then. So we did what any parent would do and bribed him in with the promise of ice cream, I had read that Quince Honey Farm had their own honey ice cream and I was eager to try it, so it wasn’t a hard ship, L of course chose a mini milk, typical.

L and the snake
L and the snake

With a tummy full of bribery ice cream we actually started to have a little explore of Quince Honey Farm, we started with the soft play, mainly as that is where had settled for the ice cream. After a little play L then wanted to check out the Creepy Crawlies. He loved this fish and especially loved the snake, we had arrived just as some of the animals were being taken for the kids to look at so  we had missed that but it was lovely to see so many happy children, obviously having popped in with their parents after school, getting to do something so nice.

Post box bee hive
Post box bee hive

We then went to look around the museum and see all the hives, it was brilliant! I don’t know what I was expecting but what was there was so much better than I could have imagined. I loved how the hives were right there in the room for you to see and how each display led straight outside so that the bee’s could come and go.

All the beehives inside lead straight outdoors
All the beehives inside lead straight outdoors

There was loads of information to read, fab displays to look at and then you got a view down into all of the different work shop areas that create things with the honey and the beeswax. It was so interesting and so well laid out. We would have liked to have spent longer looking round the museum, but L had other ideas, it was time for him to play again.

Some of the dsiplays
Just some of the displays

Whilst L was playing in the huge soft play area with his Daddy I nipped off to explore the gift shop in peace and test out the honey for myself. I did consider going back round the museum on my own but didn’t want to push my luck too much. The boys were having a great time playing and because everything was open until 6pm including the cafe we could have had a bite to eat there had we wanted and very nearly did. All the staff were really friendly and really knowledgeable and before we knew what had happened a couple of hours had flown by and it was time for us to leave.

Playtime at Quince Honey Farm
Playtime at Quince Honey Farm

As adults we loved getting to wander round the museum and see the bees, the hives were amazing and there is an awful lot I didn’t know about bees. We also liked that the cafe served in both the soft play area and a separate food only area, if we were there without L the last thing we would have wanted would have been to eat next to a soft play area, so it was nice to have the option. I also really loved the gift shop, it’s a good one!

The inner workings of Quince Honey Farm
The inner workings of Quince Honey Farm

L loved that there was an indoor and outdoor play area. He loved that there were steps so he could see into the higher creepy crawly enclosures on his own and he loved getting to push the button to open up parts of the hives.

Outdoor play area
Outdoor play area

Disclosure – our entrance was free of charge in exchange for our honest review.

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