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“A Great Afternoon”

Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre
Certificate of Excellence
Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
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“A Great Afternoon”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We went yesterday afternoon for a Pony Trek at Cantref Riding Centre from 2 - 4.30pm.
It was very easy to book up by phone the day before.
Myself a Gentlemen of a certain age and my two children - Son age 15 & daughter 16.
We had done very little horse riding before, but in a small group we were taken through the steps by Jean & Teagan, and then we all made our way up into the Brecon Beacons, through beautiful forests, valleys and headland, with beautiful views across to other mountains. We had spells of sun and some rain which added to the fun, but we all had a fantastic time, and came back as sort of experts. We would definately do a full days trek next time.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Ian B
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Gwen E, Owner at Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
We will pass on your lovely feedback to Jean and Tegan. Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your horse ride even though it did rain for part of it. We are so lucky to have such beautiful riding country in the Brecon Beacons. It is good to hear that you are now more confident about riding after the help and instruction from our guides and we hope to see you again one day on one of our full day rides. All the extra riding time is in the mountains and sometimes you even get to see some of the wild welsh mountain ponies while you are on the hills.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Fun for little ones rain or shine”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

It took 2 hours for us to get there but the journey was beautiful, and once we navigated the country lanes we found cantref nestled in the hills. The kids loved exploring, enjoyed the tractor ride, the paddle boats and the slides. Mr Evs show was a winner with the kids, and the young man who hosted the show was really enthusiastic and got us all joining in and our little ones loved it. After lunch it was pony rides, and Lewis was lovely with our two novice riders and they were thrilled with their little rosettes which was a nice touch. Unfortunately the weather turned wet in the afternoon but a well presented soft play area kept the little ones happy for another couple of hours. Well worth a visit if you have kids.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Janie620128
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Gwen E, Owner at Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank You for your great review. We are glad your family enjoyed our shows and using our play facilities. We will pass on your comments to our staff and Mr Ev's the Horse. The Mr Ev's Show is always one of the favourites and changes throughout the year so that there is always a new experience. We are glad we decided to put so many of our play facilties and shows under cover with the wet summer we have had again this year so that everyone can enjoy their day out even when it rains. It is such a beautiful part of the world and the views of the mountains are amazing especially on a sunny day. It's great to hear the children enjoyed their pony ride and liked their rosettes. We hope to see you again soon.
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“First class attraction - the staff make it!”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

The venue was very clean, and the staff happily were cleaning up during the day keeping things tidy. The venue is well looked after and a little more modern than some activity farms we have visited. What made the visit was the staff. From the friendly welcome of the woman on reception, to the staff running each of the attractions. Most were young, (which sometimes means poor service) but all were very enthusiastic and keen to help. From the driver of the tractor, who happily took just us (2 adults and two children) for a ride around the farm, after missing the initial ride which was full. It felt like nothing was too much trouble.
The rest of the staff who did animal talks, ran the other attractions such as the slide, paddle boats etc...were all also very helpful (in a genuine not false way!)

The staff are a credit to the owner!

It was a great day out for both me and my wife, and my 3 year old and 9 month old daughters. For £8 each, (baby went free) I felt it was good value.Lots of indoor activities too if the weather turns bad. I would strongly recommend a visit if you are in the area with children.

Visited August 2012
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Thank fozzie1189
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Gwen E, Owner at Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
We will pass your feedback on to our staff, thank you for such a lovely review. It is great to hear that you found everyone helpful and that you felt your day out was good value for money. We aim to provide a fun filled family day out for everyone whatever the weather and it is fantastic to hear that our team helped to do that for you. We hope to welcome you back to Cantref soon.
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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“Good value for money and plenty to do.”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

We recently visited Cantref with our two young children, we were pleasantly surprised with the attraction, with plenty of things to do throughout the day. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and all seemed to be enthusiastic, taking an interest in the children's day and experiences. The variety of activities was very good, from handling and feeding animals, pony rides and tractor rides to paddle boats, sledge slope and 'Mr Ev's' show. We were there for 5 hours and did not get to do all the activities available! Our two enjoyed their time so much, that they wanted to return the following day! The cost for two adults and two children was a reasonable £31 which includes all rides and activities throughout the day (except for a £2 pony ride, where the children also earn a rosette for taking part). Altogether a much enjoyable day, and we will definitely be returning soon!

Visited August 2012
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Thank cma71
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Gwen E, Owner at Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank you for your fantastic review. We will pass your lovely feedback on to our staff. It is great to hear that you found your day out value for money and had plenty to keep the children entertained. Our programme of shows change throughout the year and we also have seasonal events at Halloween and Christmas. The Mr Ev's Show changes about 6 times a year so there is always something different to see and is especially magical at Christmas. We hope to see you again soon.
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Brynmawr, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“A great day out in gorgeous surroundings”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We've found this to be a great day out with our 21 month old grandson.We live within half an hours drive but had never visited before this summer.The position of the farm is absolutely beautiful,surrounded by some gorgeous countryside and there's loads of space for little ones to run about The animals are a great attraction but our grandson was particularly impressed with the tractor ride.There are height restrictions on some of the attractions but this in no way marred our visit in any way-there are just more things to look forward to when he gets older!.
There's an indoor theatre where regular shows are put on for the children although our grandson found it all a bit scary - again this will be more appropriate when he's older.
The cafe is ok-not enough healthy options though I think,the soft play area was a great success with our grandson and the prices were reasonable, particularly the season ticket which costs around 35 pounds. Apparently they do really good Halloween and Christmas festivities too Its fairly straightforward to get to - its well signposted but bear in mind that some driving around some (beautiful) country lanes is necessary.All in all, a lovely day out with stunning scenery all around.

Visited August 2012
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Thank livvyWales
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Gwen E, Owner at Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank you for your great feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit especially the tractor ride and found it value for money. The views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are really breathtaking and we are so lucky to be located in such a beautiful part of the country. We will pass your comment on needing more healthy options on the menu to our chef. We hope to see you again perhaps at one of our seasonal events.
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