Folly Farm, the proud holder of the “Best Family Day Out in Wales” National Tourism Award, combines a farm, adventure park, vintage funfair and zoo on a two-hundred-acre site near the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
With so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin. One of the first bits you come to is the enduringly popular Jolly Barn, where you get to meet a host of farmyard animals. Moving on, you’ll come to the fair, sporting an eighty-foot-high Ferris wheel, a giant helter skelter and an indoor vintage funfair full of classic rides, including a beautifully restored carousel. Beyond the fair lies the zoo area, home to more than 250 animals, from armadillos to giraffes. Dotted throughout the site are a number of indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, not to mention the Land Train, which takes visitors on rides around the paddocks and deer enclosure – there’s ramped access to the first carriage, and the driver will help you up.
Access at Folly Farm is generally good. On arrival, head for the disabled spaces in the parking area near the coach park, which offers easy access to the entrance. Once inside, there are several payment desks with low counters, and plenty of disabled toilets dotted around. All the paths around the site are level: some have a tarmac surface, while others are of compressed gravel. Most should present no problems for wheelchair users, though the ones around the zoo area can get muddy during wet weather. In addition, some of the concrete surfaces inside the barn are prone to being slippery, and in wet conditions wheelchair users should take care on the ramps to and from the underpass beneath the road. The Ferris wheel and Land Train both have accessible carriages and step-free access; you are advised to wait for the driver’s assistance before boarding the Land Train. Rides in the vintage funfair all have at least one or two steps but staff are always on hand to offer assistance. A hearing loop is fitted in the interactive centre and theatre. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site, including the zoo and farm.
Food & drink: There are plenty of places to pick up food around the site, including a burger outlet, ice cream kiosks, cake stalls and the indoor Ploughman’s Restaurant, which serves family-friendly dishes at reasonable prices.