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 The BIG Sheep.
This is the only place we went this year that we had been to before, we had visited The BIG Sheep last year and all had so much fun we just had to come back. When we had previously visited I had really wanted to watch the duck trials and thanks to L only managed about 60 seconds of it, so I had to come back and husb had really wanted to ride the roller coaster but it wasn’t quite finished, so he had to come back and well L just wanted to give the sheep their tea, so clearly he had to visit as well.
We got to The BIG Sheep for opening and it was only us and on other group, so we essentially had the whole place to ourselves, yey! L decided that he wanted to go for an explore so we followed right behind him, a little go on the ride on tractors and a hello to the horses was first on his list, he then considered going on the Piggy Pull Along Ride, but as he had to that by himself he wasn’t too keen. So we headed to EWEtopia, the indoor play, we hadn’t actually ventured into it last year so it was a surprise for us.
With loads of tables and chairs for the grown ups to relax in L and his daddy went off to play and I put my feet up making the most of a diet coke in peace and contemplating getting a slice of cake whilst they weren’t looking! It was the first time I actually got to chill out on the holiday and it was blissful. Oh and the boys were having a lot of fun too. I especially loved when the only two other children who were playing there started bossing husb around and making him do stuff for them, I think their grown up’s liked that too, we all had a little chuckle. The clear favourite for everyone was the big bumpy slide, I was a bit apprehensive and it made my tummy lurch but even I had fun.
Then it was off to feed the sheep, coo at all of the baby animals and hop on Eweston train ride for a nice little look around the park. We then managed to nip onto the Swan Pedalos before they closed, but hilariously our pedalo would only go left, seriously, we just went in circles and do you know how hard it is to get back to the moorings in a pedalo that will only go in one direction, L thought it was the best thing ever and we enjoyed ourselves too and never fear we managed to get back to shore safely with a little bit of a pull from the chap in charge.
It was definitely time for lunch after all that fun it was definitely time for lunch, we opted to sit outside at the Shepherd’s Restaurant which is by the entrance, we could have eaten at Bo Peep’s cafe back at the soft play but the sun was shining and we loved the choice at Shepherd’s restaurant, it’s a bit more grown up, husb had a pulled pork bap I opted for a panini with a side of chips. Whilst I grabbed a table and we waited for the food to be bought out to us L played on the mini diggers in a sand pit which was nearby.
After lunch it was time for L to drive his own tractor, twice, you have pay a little extra to do this, but it’s only £1 a go. L was starting to get a bit tired at this point, so the two of us headed back to the sandpit diggers whilst husb took a spin on the new roller coaster, his verdict was it would have been too much for L, who is too small anyway so that wasn’t a shock, but absolutely perfect for kids from about 5+ and he fun too.
After a final walk round just to check that L didn’t want to do anything else and to visit the brewery so husb could grab some ales it was time for us to pop a very tired boy into the car. And yes, I missed the ducks, again! Guess I’ll have to visit The BIG Sheep again.
I loved the fact that our visit this year was completely different to the previous year, last year we caught several of the shows, went on the tractor safari and L did some of the rides for small people. This year was all about playing and feeding animals. There is just so much to do and it’s in such a nice compact, toddler friendly area that you could visit again and again and keep doing different things.
As adults we loved the relaxed atmosphere and amount of things L could do by himself whilst we watched, L loved that he could get really close to all the animals and feed the sheep, he also loved driving his own tractor. The facilities are excellent and so clean and all the staff are amazing, they are really happy and all seem to be having so much fun. The BIG Sheep is a definite must see attraction for anyone on holiday in Devon.
Disclosure – we were provided with our entrance free of charge in return for our honest review.