Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Award winning Family-run visitor attraction near Poole in Dorset. The Palmer's have designed everything for children 8 years and under! Open daily from 10am, online Pre-Booking required to get discounted rates. Whatever the weather, indoor and outdoor play to keep children busy. Animal experiences to delight. A family experience focused on your little VIPs. Stay all day! Awesome entertaining events throughout the year. The World of Dinosaur Roar Discovery Trail is a must for any young dinosaur fans. Refuel in the fantastic Hen House Restaurant. New menu, breakfasts, meals & yummy cakes made in our kitchen! Opened in 1998, the attention to detail and happy, friendly staff make all the difference to delivering great customer service. Full details on the "News Page" on our Website. Sign up for our Newsletter via the Farmer Palmer's website for the latest updates. Please check current opening times and prices on farmerpalmers.co.uk. Can’t wait to meet you!
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  • BournemouthHB
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for parties
    We had my son’s party at the farmer palmers this weekend and it was absolutely brilliant! The team are wonderful and so helpful. We were lucky enough to have beautiful sunshine so they set up the party outside, which worked really well! A special thank you to Lindsey and Zena for the help organising and molly, Sophia and Sophie on the day! It is Always a family great day out and I would definitely recommend for birthday parties too!
    You are so incredibly kind and we are so happy your son had a great time. Thank you for mentioning team members of note! They are fantastic and you will have made their day!
    Written June 2, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Darren R
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    What a fantastic day out, we have a 2 year old and a 5 year old and often find places like this cater well for the 5 year old but there is nothing for the 2 year old to do. I am pleased to say farmer Palmers have something for all ages. Both children found the whole day out full of great things to do. From animal feeding to tractor rides as a parent I even learnt a thing or two. The jewel in the crown is definitely the staff who we found to be really helpful and really engaging with the children. Farmer Josh (sorry if I have your name wrong) could see that our youngest was enthralled with the sheep and took the time out to bring one over and let him stroke it while telling him all about wool and animal care. The same farmer took us on the tractor ride which was turned from a simple ride in a tractor trailer into an exciting adventure for the children. All in all a great day out and well worth the fee when you consider what is on offer. Well Done farmer Palmer and thank you for an amazing day.
    Thank you so very much for your review. We are so proud of our team and we all love delivering the Farmer Palmers Experience to families with children 8 years and under.
    Written June 2, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • ButlerGW
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab Day At Farmer Palmers!
    We visited Farmer Palmers 02/06/23 and really enjoyed our day. There were lots of activities to keep all of the family entertained and especially the kart track for the big kids like me! We loved seeing all the animals and I particularly enjoyed seeing the cows and my partner enjoyed the racing pigs. All staff were very polite and helpful and as mentioned in earlier reviews, it was a particular highlight to meet and chat with Tyler, a very polite and knowledgeable young man who took the time to explain about the animals so it was both a fun and learning experience, a credit to your team! We always visit if we can when in the Dorset area and will be back for sure, many thanks! 😀👍 Best Wishes from Gaz, Han, Sophie and Oliver
    Thank you so much for highlighting our fantastic team members and Tyler’s enthusiasm and passion for his job. Connecting with your inner child has always been something we encourage, play is good for us all. I will forward your wonderful words to our team. thank you again.
    Written June 3, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • KirbyJC
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day Out
    We had a fantastic time at Farmer Palmer’s. We visited with a 4 year old and 2 year old and they were overwhelmed; there is so much for them to see and do they didn’t know where to turn. The park is well maintained and the animals are clearly very well looked after. All the staff we encountered were extremely enthusiastic and we particularly loved chatting to Fred who took the time to talk to us about the many animals on the farm. The food served at the cafe was delicious and good value for money. All facilities were clean and well maintained. The karting track, dinosaur trail and boot slide were particular favourites with our kids! We had a great day and will definitely be returning.
    Thank you so very much for your kind comments and the team will be so happy to hear what your children enjoyed the most. Top marks to Fred!
    Written July 4, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Nicola B
    Birmingham, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out
    Fantastic day out, would highly recommend. So much for the children to enjoy , everywhere is well kept , the animals are clearly very well looked after , the staff are lovely . Toilets are really clean. The tractor ride was good fun, good variety of things in the play areas for the children to enjoy. My son really enjoyed holding the Guinea pigs and feeding the animals. We will be returning for another wonderful day out. Thank you .
    Thank you so much Harvey. We are proud of our team and are so happy your son had a lovely time
    Written July 20, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Jeremy H
    London, United Kingdom171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Awesome Family Day Out!
    We found this farm park in a Google search of things to do with children in Dorset. What an incredible find! The park was great for our 3 y/o! There were plenty of things to do and everyone was really friendly. On a special note, we went for a tractor ride mid-afternoon. We hadn’t read the schedule and as it turned out, the lst tractor ride was just on its way back before a 90 min break (by which time we would be gone). The driver noticed that our son was upset, came over and offered to take us on the ride to collect the final deer safari children. This was an INCREDIBLE gesture and the highest degree of customer service that any family could ask for. I didn’t catch his name, but he was an absolute legend. It made the day for our family. Thank you so much.
    Your review is extra special as you have taken the time to praise one of our team for going above and beyond. Thank you, he will be so pleased he made your day.
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Nicky
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids had a fun time
    This farm is absolutely lovely, we spent a good few hours here yesterday. It is however very big and the animals are after a huge area of play areas- indoor and outdoor. So there are not many animals in view when you first walk in and the kids were too distracted in playing on the equipment.perhaps more signposts would be helpful. The cafe had good options but only served lunch till 2, the kids were having a late lunch yesterday so we just about made it in time but staff were really helpful and got our food arranged very quick. The portions were massive! My kids enjoyed the dino trail a lot too, the tractor ride was only on once in the morning so we unfortunately missed that. The premises are clean however there were a lot of wasps around which I personally found annoying😫 all the staff were really lovely too.’ Overall a great day, great value for money !
    Thank you so very much for a fantastic review. We apologise for the end of summer wasps, that are kicked out of the old bests and have no where to go so can become annoying. Our wasp traps are out to remove them. We are so pleased you loved all we do!
    Written September 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Lexi
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best magical Christmas experience EVER!!
    Farmer Palmers is such a fantastic place to go any time of year. We love it! Yesterday we went to their twilight Christmas experience (as we do every year) when we think it can’t get any better, somehow every year they make it even better than the time before!! ❤️ The animal team did you proud making the big barn into such a magical place to see the animals. The walk through Christmas experience had so many photo opportunities and you get the perfect amount of time to wander through, and never feel rushed which is exactly what you want to enjoy a Christmas experience. The snow machine & moving reindeer just add to the fun! We always have a laugh at the panto bit and Meeting Farmer Christmas himself is ALWAYS EPIC!!! Loved having the option to have the professional photos as well as our own this year. They were so good we brought the whole package 😁 The kids love having the option of gifts to choose from that magically comes down the chimney! The kids meals that comes with the ticket price was, as always, delicious & the hen house restaurant decorated fab as well. It makes for an all round magical Christmas experience which is why we return every year! The grown ups also love the mulled wine included in the entrance fee 🤭
    Wow, thank you for your excellent feedback on the magic we work hard to deliver. Our amazing team have loved every minute looking after you and all the families who have kindly visited. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and cherished New Year. See you in 2024 for a whole lot more!
    Written December 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Vicky H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best place for families with small children
    My girls both love it here, they are 7 & 4! We have been coming since they were small! Always lots to do and fab friendly staff. The food in the cafe is reasonably priced, good quality and delicious. Animals at the farm are all well looked after, and their pens are always clean and tidy. There's lots of seating outside for picnics. It's a brilliant day out for all the family, we can't wait to come back again ✨
    We are so happy that you have a fab time with us again and again. We are proud of our team, their attention to detail and we value your visit. Thank you
    Written February 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
  • samf588
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New water and sand play area
    We visited this morning (a friend and I) with our 2 year olds. They have had the best morning playing in the sun, on the the new sand and water area. It was brilliant; they loved the pools, pumps, working out what pump came out where, the water gates stopping the water and then let it flood around the rocks and their sandcastles, and just climbing up and down the levels. We sat there for 2.5 hours because they didn’t want to leave. And even then they didn’t want to leave. It’s great, so thank you!
    Hi Sam, thank you so much for this lovely review! The team have worked very hard getting this area ready for your little ones. It is a fantastic way for children to build their physical and motor skills. We hope to have you and your family back to visit us again soon :).
    Written March 21, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 20, 2024
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Vicky W
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Business
I am a support worker for adults with a learning disability. It would cost my client £24 to visit. There are no concession and she would have to pay twice to enter with her support worker who she has to have to assess the community.
Long down fairy farm gave a concession so it would cost £5 and the support worker goes free.
We will both spend money in the gift shop and eat in the cafe.Its a no brainer.
Written June 29, 2021
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Our CBILS loan to be here for you in 2021 is also not fair. Our annual passes cost only 5 visits so best value for regular visitors. We feel the experience has a value. With limited numbers we are not able to offer free places this year.
Written June 29, 2021
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MRZ
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited as 6 adults and 3 young children. The children loved their couple of hours at the farm.
However, we were surprised at the cost of £14 for each adult and each kid over 3. No concessions and no family discounts.
Overall we paid £119 for our visit of 6adults and 3 kids: 5, 4 and 2 year old.
We live in South Wales and have a very much bigger farm park with fantastic play areas, a zoo with large cats, giraffes, monkeys etc, an indoor old fashioned fairground, and even the shop is more substation with reasonable charges. It has lots appeal to adults and children of all ages whilst Farmer Palmer really only entertains young children.The entry fee is only a couple of pounds more than Farmer Palmer.
Oops, I really should keep it secret, as we won’t want everyone knowing!
Written June 7, 2021
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We love your blatant promotion of your local attraction 😀 that’s ok. Your visit time was 4 hours. I am sad you only came for a couple.
Written June 11, 2021
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Peter E
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Very nice day out with the kids. Lots to do. We went on a warm day which was good as there isn’t too much inside!

Good points:

The maze
The racing pigs
Nature walk
Park
Animals outside

Bad points:

Indoor slide area far too busy (no good with Covid around!). Also people didn’t read the one & only small sign saying for children to remove shoes before going on.

One huge animal barn had guinea pigs and no other animal......

Food extremely expensive like everywhere so I would always recommend to take sandwiches with you.

Overall the day out was cracking and hopefully farmer palmers takes on some of our comments.

Will be back again next year 😊
Written July 25, 2020
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Thank you so much. Our old animal ar was too small to be Covid safe but we left the guineas in their home so children could see, the rest live outside this summer. We take on board your other points.
Written July 31, 2020
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hkmills1
Oxfordshire, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
This is the second time we’ve visited and there have been some great additions introduced - the nature trail is now a dinosaur trail which is great fun for the kids. Great opportunity for children to get up and close to the animals in a controlled environment with goat feeding and “meet a guinea pig”. We did the maize maze, watched the pig race, had fun in the soft play, rode the pedal go-karts, had time on the bouncy castle, played in the sand and went down the slides. Really good value for money for a full day of wholesome family fun. The only thing we paid extra for was a tractor ride (£1 per person). The on-site cafe is really good value too, fresh and delicious food, including cakes which was all reasonably priced given they have a captive audience. Lots of outside seating areas too for those wanting to take their own picnic too.
Written September 2, 2021
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Thank you so very much for your good and honest feedback. We look forward to seeing you again.
Written September 4, 2021
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Randb1
Telford, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We were visiting the area and come across Farmer Palmer's when we were looking for somewhere for the family to enjoy a special birthday day out. A minor booking in problem was quickly resolved by Zena who was, welcoming and friendly and she should be commended on her customer service skills 😊 There was plenty of Animals, play parks and activities to keep our 2 year old busy! COVID measures are very good, sanitising and hand washing stations and social distancing encouraged throughout. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the reasonably priced cafe onsite and the only other extra was a minimal charge for the bumpy tractor ride. Some activities were not available this time but we will be back! Many thanks Zena and all at Farmer Palmer's 😊
Written April 26, 2021
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We are happy you shared your magical day with us.
Written April 27, 2021
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Bex R
Horsham, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We took our 16 month here while on holiday and it's one of the best places we have visited with him. Everything is aimed with young children in mind. He loved playing in the play areas and looking at all the animals.
We didn't even take advantage of all the areas and he was still completely worn out, he even slept in the car after which hasn't happened since he was a baby!

We all enjoyed the dinosaur trail, the food and drink in the cafe are reasonably priced and tasty and given the times the park felt safe.

My husband wants to come back to the area next year just so we can bring him back here, he will be older and probably enjoy it even more.
Written September 20, 2021
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We are so pleased you found us and we will be here for you when he is a little older!
Written September 22, 2021
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Carol K
Horley, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We went on a week day with our 3 and a half year old. Best day out and best farm we’ve been to - ever!
I used to go there as a child and I’m now 31! My son had an ‘amazing day’ his words.
All animals accessible, with the pig racing and goat feeding top of the bill.
Thoroughly recommend it to all ages.
Written October 9, 2020
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Carol, it is so rewarding to read your pleasure and loyality at enjoying us after so long! Thank you 😀
Written October 9, 2020
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fewej
Dorset13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited this week with our two girls (5 and 2), it was our first visit since social distancing started and we were so impressed. It was incredible clean and they had lots of measures in place to support social distancing. It was clear they had thought very carefully about how to keep everyone safe whilst still providing lots of fun activites for the family. We fed the goats, had a tractor ride and enjoyed all the play facilities. We saw constant cleaning taking place...even someone spraying in the bins and the cafe and toilets were exceptionally clean. The morning session gave us the perfect amount of time to enjoy everything without being too rushed and it never felt particularly busy or crowded. Well done Farmer Palmers, still a great day out for all!
Written September 6, 2020
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We are all so thankful that you enjoyed your family time with us
Written September 18, 2020
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2plus2kids
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We spent the day here with our friends - 4 adults and 3 children under 4. We had the BEST day!! We come to farmer palmers every year and thought we’d visit during Easter weekend. We had great fun on the tractor ride using water pistols to get the ‘bandit bunnies’! The Easter egg hunt was great fun too. Everything is so well organised and all the staff are absolutely brilliant. It was great to see them dressed up for Easter and they looked like they were having so much fun, which really adds to the atmosphere. Our children especially loved feeding the goats and holding the Guinea pigs. We purchased some delicious cakes from the cafe, and there was a huge selection of food and drinks at very reasonable prices. A lot of thought has gone into making farmer palmers family friendly - such as low sinks for children and additional child toilet seats. I wish more places were like this! We will certainly visit again, it is one of our favourite family days out. You can easily spend all day here and it is well worth the money. Thank you everyone at farmer palmers!
Written April 16, 2022
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Familyofthree1 we are humbled and happy to read about your fun and pure enjoyment! You are so right, our team absolutely loved giving families and children the Bandit Bunny and getting soaked in return 🤣 So glad you all had an awesome time and Thank you for sharing your day with us.
Written April 24, 2022
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Mother bear
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
So we really wanted a day out for our daughters birthday to purely see some animals, we was all pretty disappointed because once you walk into the park and blink it’s over. There was 1 pig, 1 calf and some small fluffies like rabbits. However there was a deer feeding tractor ride which was nice however, you did need to pay extra for this and queue. It’s not a bad place if you want to meet up with a friend for a coffee whilst your kids play because this park is just one big soft play - The cafe food did look good however, do get in quick as by the time 12.30 came lots of things were not available anymore so we ate at home. The price to get in is crazy considering the lack of animals. We should have gone to the local soft play for a total of £3 rather than the £45 for 2 adults and a child. We spent around 10-15 minutes seeing the animals and a good 45 minutes in the soft play/bouncy castles and we were ready to leave really. Kingston Maurward isn’t too far with free entry, lots of animals, a play park and free soft play :D whenever we have gone here everyone has donated, bought lunch on site, bought things in the gift shop etc..I’ve not wanted to post this due to the unprofessional and rude responses from the park to other reviews which really speaks volumes for the park’s values. This isn’t a dig, I just think a name change like palmers park would help or lowering the entrance fee.
Written June 16, 2022
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Thank you for visiting. I am so sorry that you feel that we were not quite what you were looking for. Did your daughter not want to play? We are all about the play areas inside and out, music, pedal tractors etc. Designed for children, 8 and under having a full day out. You don’t mention any of the outside animals in the grass areas. Rheas, pigs outside, ponies, donkeys, sheep turkeys, goats, chickens, cows and Dexter’s, in fact our official animal count is over 200. We love Kingston Maurward too and have apprentices and work experience students from there so they must feel we have enough to train their students. You don’t mention the Dinosaur trail in the woodland, I hope your daughter got to see them and you enjoyed the calm tranquility next to the river. I know you are not having a dig but we are the original farmers since 1961 and still farm land not open to the public so will have to agree to disagree on that point. This is the first contact we have had with you so I hope my explanation goes some way to clarify some of your key points raised,
Written June 17, 2022
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