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“Animal wellbeing should not be compromised ”
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

It's sad that animal wellbeing is being compromised- in some cases it's really great e.g. goats can roam free and have so much space to play. In other cases, loads of tiny chicks are accessible for anyone to pick up with no supervision and I watched them being dropped on many occasions. It was sad. Being able to hold chicks is a unique selling point but they need to be supervised or shut down the opportunity at all.
The animals further away from the main area have so much space and seem happy enough, but the closer you get to the entrance it's not great. The rodent shed is appalling, it smells horrendous and nothing is clean- not to mention none of the appropriate housing is provided for any of the animals (and they sell them to the public).

On top of this, I have no idea what Melsop even is- a working farm? Keeping rare breeds alive? Who knows. Signs are limited in the park and most of them are laying face down in the mud.

Melsop is trying- but they've tried too many things too fast and that's resulted in animal care being compromised. Which isn't OK and is never OK. They really need to sort this out (they've had multiple visits from the RSPCA in the past) or shut themselves down.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank katrienexox
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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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