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“Great Little Farm for under 5's”
Review of Old Holly Farm

Old Holly Farm
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Garstang
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Owner description: Old Holly Farm is a working dairy farm, located just north of Garstang on the main A6. The farm also has a small visitor attraction on site, with an indoor soft Playbarn with café area, traditional stone courtyard Café, Farm Shop and an open farm. Coolcow Ice cream is made on site using the Old Holly farms cows own milk. Visitors are able to watch the cows being milked at 4.30pm daily from the dairy viewing gallery. The farm is open 9am - 5pm, all year round (closing Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th December and New Years Day only). Entry to the open farm and car parking is free (exc. December), there is an admission charge of £4 per child to the indoor soft play. Please note there is a small entrance fee to the farm during December when the Reindeers come to stay. Picnics are not allowed on site. Please don't forget that Old Holly Farm is a working farm so visitors are reminded to use the hand wash facilities to keep safe. If visitors have any concerns please speak to the team at Old Holly Farm directly. The farm also offers children's parties and school visits. Please visit the farms website for details on any special events, half term activities and for further information. .
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Tarleton, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great Little Farm for under 5's”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Found this on visit Lancashire, and having somewhere to visit on a family day out that is not going to rip you off can be hard to find but this is a place that is well worth it. We arrived and spent some time with our 3 year old looking and touching the animals, she loved the calves and the rabbits. Then we headed to the play barn which at £4.00 for our daughter was well worth it, great soft play area with plenty for her to do and not too big like some of the other play barns we have visited.

Food was good too even though a little pricey but very enjoyable though. Lovely shop also and if the weather had been better an ice cream would have gone down well. We will be back as our daughter said it was great. Lovely place to consider if you have under 5's and your looking for something to do.. We will be back.

Visited May 2014
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Thank jid563
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Old Holly F, Manager at Old Holly Farm, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post to review. I was really pleased to read your comments, and its great to hear you enjoyed your visit. I can definitely recommend the ice cream, its made on site using our own dairy cows milk by the lovely Angela (Coolcow Ice cream).

I'm not sure if you're aware of it, but its worth asking about our Playbarn loyalty card as you get your 8th Playbarn visit free. If you ask one of the team on your next visit they will be able to sort you out with one.

Thanks again for your review, look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind regards,

Alison
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Farmer Parrs is better”
Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Very tidy little grounds but lacking in content . The farm and the animals is all we came to see, the animals looked happy and well looked after and a good amount of enrichment was seen.
The fact boards located near the animal enclosures also a good idea and very informative, I think all f the larger cows where out at grass. The chickens looked like they live a life of leisure as they are all pretty chunky !
We did not eat the cafe as we did not have time and the prices seems abit much. I was tempted to buy a bottle of chilli sauce but again cheaper online.
All in all a nice "little" farm . Not suitable for a day out though farmer parrs on the A585 near fleetwood has much more to offer the visiting guests but it does also charge admittance which is well worth it.

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Thank Chadlab
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Old Holly F, Manager at Old Holly Farm, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I was pleased to read your comments about our animals and the standards which we work hard to deliver. We have always tried to protect the free entry and car parking, as we feel this offers great value for a family day out. We will certainly take your feedback on board regarding the size of our offer as we move forward as a business. We're very lucky in Lancashire to have some other great local attractions, which are all different in their own way and all worth a visit.

Thanks again for the review, and hopefully you'll plan a visit to us again soon.

Kind regards,

Alison
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Enjoyable day out”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Great place to visit with a toddler. visited today with my 18 month old grandson and he loved seeing all the animals. Calves ,lambs, chicks ,rabbits, pigs, donkeys,hens and even alpacas.The animals are well kept and there are lots of hand washing stations around the farm. Best of all entry and car parking are free.there's a small free outdoor play area and some small sit on tractors to ride.The soft play area is well maintained and my grandson had a great time in there - there is an entry fee of £4 per child for this area. Please note you are not able to take your own food into the farm - which seems fair enough as it's free to park and enter. The farm cafe however serves good quality food at reasonable prices.Would definitely recommend a visit especially with toddlers as there's enough to keep them amused but it's not too big for them to walk around.

Visited April 2014
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Old Holly F, Manager at Old Holly Farm, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Its great to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, its especially pleasing to read your comments about our animals and hand washing.

I'm not sure if you're aware, but we do have a Playbarn loyalty scheme where your 8th visit is free. If you would like to join just ask the team on your next visit and we'll get one set up for you.

Thanks again for the review, look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind regards,

Alison
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lambtastic! Day Out.”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

My families first visit and what a lovely place. All the regular animals you would expect, with alpaca to. It was lovely for Andrew, 3 to get close up to them and hear their noises, we especially loved the big talking pig grinding its teeth. The calves and lambs were lovely. There is a fantastic play area and seating in the cafe with great views into it to watch your little ones running around. We only had drinks as we were having a meal out later, but the food looked great and we will certainly try it next time. A lovely little shop with lots of goodies.

Visited April 2014
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Thank julia b
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Old Holly F, Manager at Old Holly Farm, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I was really pleased to read your comments, and its great to hear Andrew enjoyed his day with us.

I'm not sure if you know, but we do run a Playbarn loyalty scheme, where the 8th visit is free, so if you are planning on visiting us regularly its definitely worth joining - just ask one of the team on your next visit and we'll get one set up for you.

Thanks again for the lovely post, look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind regards,

Alison
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Manchester
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not a huge amount to do and see but great food, clean softplay and friendly staff.”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a working farm so if you're expecting Alton Towers, you're at the wrong place.

You could visit and spend nothing. It's free entry and free parking. We tend to eat there. The food is great. Not cheap but good quality.

Kids can see and touch calves, lambs, rabbits, chicks and pigs. All the animals are clean and the whole place is spotless. Plenty of handwashing facilities too.

There's also a small playground, kid's tractors and softplay. Softplay isn't free but again is clean and well-maintained.

There's a similar place off the M6, Lancaster area. Nowhere near as nice as this. A lovely morning out.

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Old Holly F, Manager at Old Holly Farm, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I was really pleased to read your post, and especially the comments about our team, food and cleanliness. We work really hard to look after what we have and as you said we are still a working farm, so its important that we promote a positive image.

I'm presuming you have a loyalty card for the Playbarn (8th visit is free)? If not, please ask the at the counter the next time you're in and the team will be happy to sort you out.

Thanks again, look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind regards,

Alison
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