Saturday, 24 September 2016

Devon Days Out: Family Fun At The Big Sheep

Last weekend, myself and my little family headed off to North Devon for the day to visit an attraction we've been wanting to go to for quite some time now...The Big Sheep!

The Big Sheep is an all weather attraction with a massive variety of things on offer - from farm animals, to thrilling rides, to play areas to live shows...there really is something for everyone here.

We were pretty lucky as the day we chose to visit there just so happened to be a very special guest making an appearance ... a real VIP....infact a "Very Important Pup"...

Yes, Paw Patrol favourite Marshall was on hand in the barn for cuddles and photos which just about made my 3 year old's year!

We queued for about 5 minutes to meet Marshall and have Tyne's photo taken (Noah did not want to know him!), and afterwards Tyne begged to go to the back of the queue for more cuddles!! We obliged of course, and luckily the wait wasn't too long as Marshall was on hand for scheduled appearances through out the day so everybody got a chance to see him.

Once we'd met Marshall, we headed off to explore what else Big Sheep had to offer.

We saw the animals, watched the live sheep show, cuddled an adorable sheep dog puppy, and even watched the daily Sheep race - which was really quite an unusual but very fun experience!

After all the animal related fun, we set about to try out some rides - a firm favourite was the Twister Chair-o-Planes - when I first saw it I was convinced that my 3 year old would be too little as it was quite fast and high, and I didn't think he'd like it at all....but he was tall enough and he chose to ride, and much to my surprise he LOVED it!

He squealed with delight, leaned forward and yelled out "Wooo hoo! I'm superman!" as he flew through the air on his swing chair...his only complaint was that the ride was closed when he got off, as he wanted to ride again and again!

He also tried out the Drive your own tractors, the sit and spin robot cars, the old fashioned hand-operated carousel, and the Piggy Pull along tractor ride.

Other rides we didn't get chance to try were the Eweston station train ride, the tractor safari, the rollercoaster, and the swan pedalos - they all looked like great fun but you are a bit limited to what you can go on when you have two babies with you who don't like rides much so we chose to give them a miss on this occasion.

After the rides, we spent some time on the Jumping Pillows which were a huge hit! They are kind of a cross between a bouncy castle and a trampoline but just so much fun! We must have spent a good hour or so here before indulging in some ice creams from the kiosk next to it.

We then headed to the soft play, which my little one really enjoyed - the slides looked like a lot of fun!

There is so much else to do at The Big Sheep, from battlefield to pony rides to beer shows/demonstrations, there really is something for anyone no matter what their age!

Upon leaving we noticed the sign for their Halloween week celebrations, and it sounded right up our street - we will certainly be heading back again in the future!

If you're local or visiting the area any time in the future, be sure not to miss out a fantastic family day out to remember at The Big's baaa-rilliant!

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