On our recent trip to North Devon we visited The Big Sheep following recommendations from friends. Whilst it's claims along the lines of world famous fun, may be somewhat unfounded in my opinion, we did have a nice day out. It isn't cheap to visit and thankfully I saw that Tesco Clubcard Rewards could be used on non event days. This drastically cut our bill from £65 entry including sheep food down to £25. I have to say this made a big difference to my opinion of the place than if I had payed full price. One problem we found was that rides were only open at certain times throughout the day. I assume this is because we visited at off peak times. Although it was our Easter holidays, Devon schools had gone back. However, the shows were good. We started with the duck trails. I really enjoyed how the child's were involved in the show.
We then bottle fed the lambs. Oh my I didn't realise how quickly a 12 week old lamb could down a bottle of milk. This was great fun.
The last show we saw was about the different breeds of sheep. Here big man was invited to open the door for a really scary sheep. Cue man the other side bashing the door and me cackling with laughter at big man's face.
We learnt loads in the shows and they really are the highlight of the big sheep. When it came to rides, as I said before, it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time.We weren't.The indoor playground kept the boys entertained and the slides were pretty terrifying. After watching big man umm and Arrr for half an hour over going on a slide I asked him if he would do it if I did. OMG hurling myself over the side was purely done for love!
|This picture doesn't do the steepness of the slide justice! This is my OH trying to tempt big man to go down it.|
We ended the day by watching the sheep racing. How can't a knitted jockey on the back of a running sheep not make you smile.
It was a nice day and would be good in bad weather as well as good. Just see if you can use your clubcard rewards to make it a bit cheaper.
Oh and if you are looking for somewhere to stay in North Devon we really enjoyed Lower Hearson Farm. You can read about it here.