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The Big Sheep

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Address: Abbotsham Rd, Bideford EX39 5AP, England
Phone Number: +44 1237 472366
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Devon's Large Attraction of the Year (2013/14), The BIG Sheep is firmly...

Devon's Large Attraction of the Year (2013/14), The BIG Sheep is firmly established as one of the UK's most innovative and exciting family attractions providing wacky and unique entertainment for all the family. NEW FOR 2016: The BIG One Rollercoaster Visit the South West's biggest family roller coaster which can be ridden by everyone over 4 years old! 400m of awesome fun, over 12m high with two lift hills and guaranteed to make you smile! Hilarious and entertaining shows include the World Famous sheep racing, complete with woolly jockeys, Horse Whispering, Dog and Duck Trials. Shepherds with a wicked sense of humor will have you laughing out loud as you are introduced to 10 different breeds of sheep who will strut their stuff live on stage to music! Children AND adults can burn off excess energy and play safely on a great selection of slides and imaginative soft play climbing areas, tumble towers, mazes and obstacles in our MASSIVE indoor playarea.There are loads of fun packed outdoor activities too. For the adrenaline thrill seekers there are bookable sessions at the Adventure Centre adjacent to the park for Climbing, Low Ropes, Water Zorbing and Mountain Boarding and competitive families can battle it out using state of the art eye-safe laser guns at Battlefield Live Outdoor Combat Zone. You can also enjoy Farm Safari rides, magical lakeside train rides, pony rides, twister chair-o-planes rides, free beer tasting, outside jumping pillows, family splash zone and a chance to feed the baby lambs are just some of the treats in store. During the winter there is a toboggan and ice skating rink too. After an exhilarating day out, browse in our Sheepy Shop and Farm Shop and find local Westcountry products before relaxing with a delicious home made scones and a great big dollop of Devonshire clotted cream.

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The BEST family day out!!! Xx

Thank you so much to the big sheep for giving us such a lovely and memorable day out! We visited while on holiday with our 2 children (age 2&4) and it was amazing! The guys... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank you so much to the big sheep for giving us such a lovely and memorable day out! We visited while on holiday with our 2 children (age 2&4) and it was amazing! The guys delivering the shows were really entertaining and really got the children (and us) excited and interested about the whole farming process! They worked so hard... More 

Thank Reidy84
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So having only moved to the area a couple of months ago we have never visited the big sheep before today and what a great day we had. The plan was to really visit to see the Christmas light show and other Christmas activities we had been told about. So myself and the 2 children 6 and 10 along with... More 

1 Thank marypinbrook
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

Hello Pinbrook family, welcome to North Devon and we hope you and your family will be very happy here. We are delighted that you enjoyed all our Christmas activities and the children had a magical experience with Santa. We have received so much positive feedback about Santa and he has been overwhelmed and delighted by your lovely comments. We’ll now... More 

Clevedon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the day at The Big Sheep with my girlfriend on our week away in September and for the lower price we paid I think it was worth it. Sans kids this place loses a bit of its attraction however it was still worth going, we had lots of fun with the roller-coaster, sheep show with all the varieties (we... More 

Thank James B
Fleet, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the attraction in September so I appreciate we paid a lower entrance fee but we had so much fun that I think it was superb value. They have a great array of activities for adults and children and you can keep everyone entertained for the entire day incl. sheep sheering demonstrations, talks on brewing - with free samples!... More 

Thank lodgielodge2
Barry, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the big sheep in the October half term and loved it. Lots of Halloween activities to keep the kids entertained including panto, pumpkin carving & Halloween costume parades with prizes! Rides were great as well as the staff and sheep of course. Will definitely visit again

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Sutton Coldfield
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44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having holiday'd in Devon during the summer over the past 6 years with the children, we thought we'd visit in October and have a trip to the Big Sheep - we are so pleased we did! The fact that it was all decked out for Halloween was a huge bonus - so much thought and planning had gone into this... More 

Thank Trishi-Wishi
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

Hello Trishi-Wishi Whoo hoo! To read that The BIG Sheep was the best family day out that you had all year is music to my ears! So pleased you all had such an enjoyable time. I also enjoyed the Phantomime, thought it was great fun. I’ve taken on board your comments about this Face painting and will look to get... More 

north devon
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went with 3 generations but with 2 little ones in mind. Partly under cover , so perfect for all weather.....entertainment like sheep race throughout the day. A few rides but it is about interaction with animals. Guess as an adult just relax and enjoy for the kids .......they love it.....staff were amazing .....

Thank its0nlyan0pini0n
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

Morning, thanks for your review. Good to know that you were able to relax while the children had fun. Thanks for the special mention for our 'flock' - we all work hard throughout the year to make sure we give all our guests a great day out so it's encouraging to read lovely comments like yours telling us we are... More 

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81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Apparently this once won an award, but I think this was in 1988 from the sign put up outside. It is about time they took it down. This place feels like a worn out run down farm from the level of activities with very little going on. I wasn't actually sure from walking around if it was in the process... More 

1 Thank BillWiltshire
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

Hello, sorry to hear you thought the BIG was expensive and didn’t offer value for money. Our entrance charge is on a par with other similar attractions across the UK and includes free access to 11 live shows a day including the hilarious sheep racing every afternoon. There are six rides included in the admission fee; our new roller coaster,... More 

Belstone, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I had heard lots of radio advertising for The Big Sheep so I expected it to be really good. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to expectations. It was October half term and so everything was supposed to be 'halloween spooky'. We arrived at 11.30am, the face painting was closed, the pony enclosure was empty and we were greeted by a... More 

Thank Debra C
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

How disappointing to receive your feedback, particularly in light of all the hugely positive reviews we have received over the years. As a Devon attraction who has received more trip advisor reviews than any other attraction 85% of our visitors rate us as excellent or very good. However, despite welcoming over 150,000 visitors we accept that we will occasionally get... More 

Appledore, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Took our grandkids there and spent the whole day there. Staff were brilliant interacting with the grandkids. Will be going agin

Thank philiplang
thebigsheep, Head of Happiness at The Big Sheep, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you so much for your short but VERY SWEET five star review. It's just teriffic to read that so many of you all enjoyed our Halloween Festival - it makes all our hard work worth the effort. We always try to add new additions each year and I think we are now firmly established as one... More 

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