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Farmer Gow's

Address: Fernham Road | Longcot, Faringdon SN7 7PR, England
Phone Number: +44 1793 780555
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Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Faringdon
Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 'Hands on' farm animal handling and feeding experiences with farmyard adventure play. Farmer Gow's...
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Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 'Hands on' farm animal handling and feeding experiences with farmyard adventure play. Farmer Gow's welcomes visitors of all ages (youngest visitor 5 days, oldest 102 years!) to some wonderful countryside experiences. The farm lies in the Vale of White Horse, just off the A420 between Oxford and Swindon. Lots of 'hands on' with the farm animals. Daily 'Meet the Animals' sessions - see Home page for details. Bottle fed lambs & goat kids; tickle or pat a wriggly piglet; hand fed sheep and goats; go egg collecting; handling tiny fluffy chicks, turkey poults, ducklings or goslings. Adventure play in the farmyard, Trailer Rides to feed Pollyanna sow, Treasure Hunts on the giant Bale Climb. Open Daily 10am - 5pm. All weather activities, both undercover and outside. Refreshments available throughout the day in Harvest Tea Room. Picnics also welcome.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited today and found that it wasn't ideal for little people with short attention spans. We came for a birthday day out for our twins (2 years tomorrow) and probably arrived at a bad time. I'd like to maybe see the website make the best time for arrival more clear. When we arrived there was nothing for us to... More 

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Margaret K, Manager at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are a little perplexed by 'probably arrived at a bad time. I'd like to maybe see the website make the best time for arrival more clear'. Please could you explain further how we could adapt our home page, which currently includes the following information ~ Daily farm animal programme ~ 10 am Farmer Gow's... More 

Oxford
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We pre-booked a nursery group for a half term trip so FG were expecting 40 "heads" which they had kindly agreed to admit at the reduced rate of £6.50. We arrived 5 minutes late due to there being no, not one sign between Abingdon and FG. "Don't worry" said the lady on reception. "The first attraction doesn't start for another... More 

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England
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is simply lovely! Very good animal handling and feeding, well run and very sensitive to little children and animal welfare. A lovely indoor play area with some super toys, a great picnic / café area, and very impressive toilet and washing facilities. And compared to a cinema ticket excellent value, our 2 year old was free! Well done to... More 

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Margaret K, Manager at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments - we are delighted that you enjoyed the Farmer Gow's experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our farm again. Our best wishes Anne Gow More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We visited Farmer Gow's for our daughter's 3rd birthday. It was brilliant. As it was a term-time weekday, it was quiet, and that meant we got to do the animal feeding by ourselves. It was amazing. Seeing my daughter happily feed sheep, pigs and goats was quite something. We then went and gathered eggs just laid by the chickens. It... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments - which the farm staff much appreciate. Wonderful memories for all your family on your daughter's 3rd birthday. She undoubtedly enjoyed herself through your positive support and interest in all these new experiences. 'Hands on' parents make such a big difference to a child's early experiences. Best wishes Anne Gow More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Myself my partner and her 6 year old son went to Farmer Gows last weekend her boy had previously been with a school trip and was desperate to go again! The place was quite quiet which was bliss for me as we didn't have to wait for any of the activities and were able to individually feed the lovely animals... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Dear DWY Thank you for your comments below - which were very much appreciated by all the farm staff. We are a small, friendly, livestock farm with a high regard for animal welfare. I apologise if we have taken up too much space on the tea room menu with our farm produce. We take huge pride and pleasure in rearing... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I went here yesterday (25.10.14) with my two boys aged 4 and 2. Although living nearby we had never been so met some friends out here for a day out. Found it no problems and the lovely lady at the desk told us about all the events on today and that they followed each other so you wouldn't miss anything.... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your very full review, which we very much appreciate. Pricing - always an interesting theme for the diversity of comments. On the same day as your visit we received several comments about how very reasonably priced we are. We try to price fairly and reasonably. Staff work extremely hard to facilitate some great 'hands on' farm animal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A wonderful place! Be on time - so you can handle chicks, stroke piglets and pigs (all kept immaculately healthy and clean), bottle feed goats and hand feed sheep. Take the goats for a walk, pick eggs from the hens, take a ride on the tractor, take part in a treasure hunt amongst hay bales. They have very friendly staff,... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind comments - all the farm staff will be delighted. They work hard to provide a safe but enjoyable working farm experience for all ages; youngest visitor to date - 5 days, oldest visitor - 103 years. The autumn and winter months are our quietest time of year, so we can give visitors that extra... More 

Cheltenham
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a great little farm, I took my 14month old daughter and she loved it. It's quite small, but there's lots to get involved with! We went on the trailer ride which was great as the cows came up really close, she got to feed the pigs and goats. Our guide was very enthusiastic and really friendly. We then... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words - which I have brought to the notice of all the farm staff. They were delighted. They really enjoy facilitating the interaction between farm animals and visitors. This time of year is great - with 8 farm species to enjoy handling & feeding. This week we are decorating the farm shop, tea room and... More 

Oxford
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Looking for something to do for our son's second birthday - and we found Farmer Gow online. Didn't look like anything special on arrival but we were very pleasantly surprised. Lots to do. Really friendly staff - our host for some of the events was Lucy who was really helpful. Very well organised too - good facilities for kids &... More 

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments - and for confirming that we are a small working farm providing an educational experience for those who wish to engage with farming and the countryside. Enabling families, and especially young children, to learn about the wonderful and diverse British countryside, is a pleasure. I am glad our young apprentice Lucy was able to answer... More 

Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Easy to find, good parking friendly staff, appeared to be well organised. We, the grandparents felt that at feed the animals time, 11.00am that the animals were no longer piglets or lambs but pigs & sheep. Unfortunately our 3 year old grand daughter was petrified. We will not be going again!!!!!

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Margaret K, Owner at Farmer Gow's, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. It is, we feel, a sadness that some children (in a nation of animal lovers) are afraid of animals - pets, farm animals and wild animals. How will those children learn to love our countryside and value it's uniqueness, unless they engage with a variety of animals at a young age. Learning and becoming confident... More 

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