We are season pass holders for Farmer Palmers in Dorset and really enjoy our regular visits to the park as they have so much there to see and do.
One thing has eluded me so far and that was their Deer Safari as it is run at 2pm and I normally have to leave about then to ensure I am home in time for the school runs.
On Easter Monday the horrendous winds that we had overnight died down by early morning and the sun was shining brightly so I decided to head out somewhere with the kids, who voted overwhelmingly for a visit to Farmer Palmers.
We spent the morning enjoying everything the farm has to offer, including the slide barn, indoor play area, tractors, park and of course seeing the animals. Sebby bravely groomed a pony with Eliza for the first time and Isaac and Eliza bottle fed some lambs and got to ride a pony.
The kids wanted to do the tractor ride, but were hungry so we stopped for lunch in their cafe so we missed it, however, the Deer Safari was running at 2pm which also involved a ride on the tractor so we paid our £2 extra each and jumped on board.
The tractor ride to the Deer was nice and bumpy, just as the kids like it and we stopped to get off by the deer herd who knew we were coming and were waiting patiently by the gate for us.
We got off the tractor and walked into a special area where we got to hand feed the beautiful red deer herd which is an amazing experience. They are incredibly gentle and snuffle their nose into your hand to eat the feed, Eliza said she felt the deers tongue and it tickled. The only animal that we were not allowed to feed was the stag as they don’t want him to get too friendly.
The whole experience took around 3o minutes before we climbed back onboard the tractor and set off on the bumpy ride back just in time for the days Easter Egg hunt. Typically the heavens opened and we got a little wet, but the kids came back out of the field with pockets full of miniature chocolate Easter Eggs so they were happy.
Thank you for a fun-filled Easter Monday Farmer Palmers, we will be back to feed the deer again soon.