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“Family morning out.”
Review of Melsop Farm Park

Melsop Farm Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Watton
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

While I totally get it is essentially a working farm it just seems like it’s pay your money and get on with it. The animals seem fine and you can get quite close and pet most of them. It’s been a while since my last visit and it has changed slightly for the better since then. The car park is awful really needs hard standing and not grass. The cafe was really busy and staff were struggling to get the food out in a reasonable time frame. My main gripe is information, there is no doubt that Melsop are doing some great work in keeping Britain’s rare breeds alive and well but the information regarding this work is very limited. Hardly any staff on hand to tell you what is going on and it feels a bit haphazard. It work be great to have timed guided walks round the farm informing about the farms history, the work they do, talk about the animals etc. Also maybe a hand out sheet and more information boards, unless you search it out it’s hard to find out about Melsop. There’s massive potential here to educate people about our culture regarding Britain’s livestock farming history.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 693darrinh
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

First impressions aren't great when the only parking is on a muddy field, not ideal when I've got a pushchair! But we pushed on eager to see if things got better.....
They didn't. We walked round in an hour and spent an hour in the play area and left at 12.30. So it cost me £7 for 2 hours! Luckily my child was under 2 but my friend paid over £25 for her and 3 kids and she wasn't impressed!
There seems to be no organisation to the park at all. A map would be handy to start with! There's just 4 old sheds with a few animals in and random baby goats running around the area!
The field areas were ok but a nightmare to push the pushchair around! Some money spent on paths wouldn't go amiss!
We then decided to try the feeding session. This was ridiculous. 2 staff came in, handed a few bottles out to children and just let them get on with it. No talk about the animals, no making sure each animal got fed and no encouraged turn taking!
The rabbits are stuck in hutches. With multiple rabbits in 1 hutch.
I won't be rushing back here and will stick to other farm parks which is a shame because I think this could be a nice park if it just had some money spent on it and some organisation!

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank Leanne_yo
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Went here with three children and three adults. We had a lovely day feeding the baby lambs, holding tiny chicks and egg hunting. I can thoroughly recommend this place for young children. We had a nice snack in cafe and all the staff were friendly and happy. How beautiful is this peacock ?We will be returning in the near future

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Lesley A
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Farm very muddy and wet, car park difficult to park and drive off, access to animals okay, restaurant poor service, very slow, when food arrived it was Luke warm,

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Q3971QVandrewr
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Didn’t see one member of staff, The play area felt duty and dingy, though the kids had fun playing it was very budget.
Went to see the animals and it was such a sad sight. ( I grow up on a farm so I no the difference between messy farm life and neglect)
The pigs were is very unclean Pens, they had no water and were very thin compared to what they should be.
There was a bull with a bleeding horn, they were stand on about 2 foot of manure and again had no water.
Goats and other pigs in over crowded pens. No water
Chickens also had no water.
Donkeys in small shed with no water.
Went to see the rabbits who were in a freezing cold barn and smelled very strong of ammonia. a girl came out of no were didn’t talk to anyone just started putting rabbits on a table or the kids to do what they wanted, no supervision, no rules, no information.
I was not impressed

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank emilystwe11
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