Prickly Ball Farm Review (Devon)
We’re so blessed living in Devon. Where we are in Newton Abbot, we’re less than a half-an-hour drive away in any direction from a great family day out for Joshua. The beautiful Cornwall coast is only an hour or so away, too. But, this weekend, we visited an absolute gem that’s no more than 10 minutes up the road - Prickly Ball Farm.
Prickly Ball Farm is a family-run Activity Farm just outside Newton Abbot that’s been going for 35-years. It’s situated along the village backroads of East Ogwell, tucked away - so you’d need to know about it to find it.
Lauren is a childminder, and it’d been recommended to us by a couple of her childminding friends, as well as few of our other friends and family members. We hopped in the car on Saturday morning and took the short drive to East Ogwell.
We were up, ready and out of the house nice and early (for once!). Prickly Ball Farm opened at 10am. We arrived just before 10, and the car park was understandably still deserted.
Joshua was already excited because he’d spotted the Llama family that are in the field in front of the Farm entrance. He marched across the gravel car park with definite purpose. At the moment, he’s animal obsessed!
The entrance fee was £7.95 each for Lauren and I. Entry for children under three is free, so we didn’t have to pay for Joshua. So, for just over £15, we’d gotten ourselves a good and relatively inexpensive family day out that we knew Joshua was going to love.
Looking at the Prickly Ball Farm price list online, a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is only £25 - great value for money, for the reasons you’ll read below.
It’s not the biggest farm you’ll ever visit, but it’s certainly not the smallest. In terms of animals, the farm has a variety. The usual culprits are all present: Goats, Horses, Pigs, etc. are all present.
But there’s also Hedgehogs (the Farm has a ‘Hedgehog Hospital’ - hence the name Prickly Ball), birds, ferrets, chickens and marsupials. There’s even a Fox-spotting outbuilding, with a safely caged off Fox hide for them to come in and shelter.
Joshua’s favourites were definitely the Goats, but it was the Piglets that stole my heart.
There are activities and talks throughout the day, the highlight being ‘Pet’s Corner’, where you and the family can meet and hold various small animals.
Unfortunately we didn’t attend any of the talks… because Joshua simply wouldn’t sit still for longer than 2 minutes!
Soft Play & Slides
There’s a soft play area inside the restaurant area of the Farm. Joshua was in his element! It had this cool ball-sucking machine, too, which sucked up balls from the ballpool and spat them out the top - something Joshua was particularly enamoured with.
Set in a big barn, there are also two pretty big slides for the kids. One is definitely only for older children, as it’s visibly more vertical than the other. But the one which you can also take younger kids on is still awesome - Lauren enjoyed it more than Joshua, I think!
There were also a few trampolines dotted around the Farm, too.
We stopped for lunch at the Farm’s cafe. The menu isn’t massive - there were a few breakfast, brunch and lunch items, with a special’s board at the front of the cafe. Definitely enough for what you’d need, though. After all, it’s unlikely you’d be looking for a three-course meal.
There’s a separate children’s menu, too, with the usual suspects - Chicken Goujons and Chips etc. With Joshua having intolerances to dairy, egg and soya, Lauren asked the lovely lady behind the counter what on the menu could have, and she went out of her way to carefully check the ingredients of all the dishes.
Lauren had what looked like a lovely BBQ Chicken & Cheddar Ciabatta with a side salad. I’m “trying to be good”, so I went full hipster: Smashed Avocado with Poached Eggs on Granary Toast. I must confess, I’d never had Avocado before (What?!). I’m not sold on Avocado, but the eggs were cooked to perfection and, with the help of a little pepper, went down a treat.
The prices were fair and reasonable, but can’t remember specifically what we paid for lunch for the three of us.
A Fantastic Family Day Out
All in all, we had a fantastic day out at Prickly Ball Farm. Joshua absolutely loved it! All three of us did. We'll absolutely, 100% be back soon. Joshua wouldn't have it any other way.