We visited Ducky’s while on a recent holiday in the Lake District with our 20-month-old son. The farm/park is nicely laid out and easily accessible for buggies, with plenty of animals to see. There is the opportunity to feed and pet some of the animals, but as our son was teething and putting his hands in his mouth a lot, we decided this wasn’t the best idea. It took us about half an hour to go round the farm, with lots of stops to say hello to all the animals, before the real fun started. The best thing about Ducky’s is that there are lots of play areas – one outdoor for bikes/trikes (which provided some great photo opportunities), and another outdoor with a swings, a good quality slide/climbing frame, and a Wendy house. Indoors, there is a small soft play area for toddlers, which our son loved, and also a Wacky Warehouse style soft play with tunnels, nets to climb on and a massive ball pool.
The café was reasonably priced and the cake we had was tasty. The only slight negative is the admission price. I thought £5.80 for adults was reasonable, but having to pay £4.80 for our son was a bit steep. I’m sure the policy of free admission is for under-1s only is based on sound logic, and even though children do develop quickly, I didn’t think that a 2-year-old (or just under) would be able to get enough from the experience to justify such a relatively high (as a proportion of adult ticket) price. That said, if pre-school children (i.e. 3-4), or maybe infant school children, were to visit, they would get a lot more out of it, being old enough to understand instructions on how to safely feed and pet the animals.
Ducky’s was an enjoyable way to spend half a day outdoors if you have young children who are interested in farm animals.
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