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“Lovely family fun.”

Cholderton Charlie's Farm
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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely family fun.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Came here on my own with three kids, 9 months, 9 and 14 as husband out galavanting -Very relaxing !! Strange to say this but the whole place felt pleasant, clean and I simply didnt feel hassled in anyway...we all enjoyed feeding the animals , playing on the obstacle course and the nature walk where we were lucky enough to see two wild deer! If you want full blown disney type entertainment then this will not suit you and I can only think the people writing the very negative reviews either have children that simply cant just enjoy being a kid and learning about the animals there and /or the parents are incapable of empowering their children to enjoy the simple things in life without it being thrust in their faces.
We didnt use the cafe as I took a picnic so cant comment on that but see no reason for it to be bad and there were plenty of people eating in.
I think the overall feeling of space added to the relaxed feeling. We only live 3 miles away but this was our first visit. It is somewhere the older kids wouldnt go to each weekend as not enough to entertain them to that extent but when our little one starts to walk we will become members as we think it will be brilliant to take him there for somewhere to play and learn about the animals at the same time..
Highly recommended. We stayed 4.5 hours !! I think for older children maybe 3 hours might be the max but for younger ones and if you take a picnic you coudl certainly stay much longer. We are used to being around animals but it was still fun to feed the pigs and goats as they have such great characters and they obviously know they are going to get fed. I do agree despite us loving it that if there hadnt have been so many baby animals we might have been a bit quicker going round the pens..
The only slight downer is that they charge extra for the tractor and pony rides which I think is a bit cheeky..
Pros - low key and relaxing, plenty of space for the kids to run and play games, very clean and well maintained, animals all seemed to be in good condition and the runs seemed adequate.
Cons - possibly slightly expensive if paying full price, having to pay extra for the tractor/pony rides

Feedback for the attraction - Could definitely ramp up the "to do" factor , nature trail type treasure hunt, more hands on with the animals, get the kids mucking out etc let the kids lead the goats around, maybe some talks on the animals there

Visited August 2013
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“£23 LOL”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

£23 LOL. AND £1 per person for a tractor ride which is 30 seconds round a field with a driver who's face will crack if she smiles. £23 for a family of 4. WHAT A JOKE! Nothing to do. A few chickens and goats... WOW! Cafe? More like a hut with 2 tables in it. Sufficed to say avoid like the plague. THE END.

Visited August 2013
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
1 review
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

Not a lot for the kids to do, rabbit and chicken enclosures were dirty and overgrown! The prices in the cafe were extortionate charging £5 for a sandwich with one filling!

Visited August 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great VfM - and the kids will love it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

I come here all the time with my kids (6 and 4) and they love it.

There are bouncy castles, tractor rides, several playgrounds, a nature trail, indoor activities (in winter), a cafe (which is decidedly hippy chic - be warned), a shop that sells complete tat, loads of animals (and the farm run sessions where animals are held by children), pig racing, trampolines, sand pits, and loads more. Totally worth it.

Yes, it looks a little tired in places. But the staff are great, the atmosphere relaxed and it's a great day out. Ladies - be warned that loos are few in number however!

Go and have a look at least! :)

Visited July 2013
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Frome, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Could do better; a tired and run down farm.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a rare breeds farm that has added some children's play area's to widen its appeal. We visited on Sunday 30th of June, the weather was excellent which was just as well, as the farm itself was something of a let down. The whole place looks as if it could do with some serious investment. The animal pens, although safe, were scruffy and in need of refurbishment. As another reviewer (Steve M) has pointed out, the labels on the animal pens need work. The catering facilities were neat, clean and tidy but the kitchen was unprofessional. It looked like the sort of thing that you would find at a jumble sale refreshment stall, not what I would expect at a professional tourist attraction. The toilets were clean and well maintained. The outdoor children's play area's were adequate, if a little tired.
The play barn however, was a different story, it was smaller then we expected from the leaflet we had but worst of all the concrete floor was breaking up and loose stones were scattered over the floor, not the sort of thing I would expect in a play area were children are required to play in stocking feet. It was also apparent that the floor had been patched so this is not a new problem. The play barn would benefit from a new floor and some heavy duty carpet.
The nature trail was poorly signposted with no indication that we could see of which way to go but plenty of "Danger - Do Not Enter" signs. We eventually found our way out. The picnic tables were in need of repair (my wife caught her trousers on a protruding nail) and extra rubbish bins are needed.
On the plus side the few staff we did see were courteous, polite and helpful. Overall the place was a let down. As for length of visit, 3 to 4 hours are more then enough.

Visited June 2013
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