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“Great introduction to children seeing and touching farm animals”

Cholderton Charlie's Farm
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Andover, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great introduction to children seeing and touching farm animals”
Reviewed 21 November 2011

We live a short drive from the farm and regularly visit, during the spring/summer months primarily, with a picnic. The variety of animals to see is good without being overwhelming. Close contact, particularly in springtime, with lambs, piglets, goat kids, and all the young birds on show, gives children vital direct contact, for them put faces, smells and touch, to all the pictures they see in books. The pig races are a hoot. The swings, various picnic tables and giant sandpit give a welcome respite from the menagerie, along with the secluded climbing frame, slide and swings. The indoor slide is a vital bolt hole when the famous English summer shows its spiteful side!! The entry fee is perhaps a topic for debate, but a season ticket is an option if you can visit regularly. I will always say a good word for local businesses, especially when they endeavour to entertain, educate and captivate the younger generation. Good venue

Visited June 2011
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disgusting animal welfare (non existent)”
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Having visited this attraction 2 years ago and witnessed rabbits in pens with no food and no water (we actually used our own drinking water to fill theIER bowls and then filmed them drinking like they hadn't drank in days), we decided to pay another visit to see if things had improved. THEY HAVEN'T !!

My daughter actually asked to visit again to see if the conditions had improved (we reported this attraction to the RSPCA last tme). On our first visit my daughter and her friend approached the staff on three occasions asking when the rabbits were going to get food and water and they kept getting fobbed off. Things haven't changed, they still didn't have any! In one of the outdoor hutches the rabbit droppings were so compacted they were about an inch or more deep (you couldn't see that they were droppings at all!)

Instead of spending money on play equipment they should have spent it on these poor animals - food bowls would be a good start, not house bricks to put food in! All the rabbits look very sad and neglected. Unbelieveable thay they are allowed to carry on with this atttraction. I am at a loss as to what to do to get these animals the help they need !

Visited September 2011
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Wroxall, United Kingdom
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“Very good interesting and pleasant day out for family”
Reviewed 27 October 2011

Realy fun place with good facilities and friendly staff.

Visited October 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing! Brilliant! Fantastic! Superb! Excellent!”
Reviewed 30 September 2011

We visit the farm now and again, every visit is different. We find something new each time! Despite some areas looking tired, the animals are looked after very well and they all look so relaxed.

The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and they tell us there are many improvements to be made over the winter months.

The activities are awesome, they were so much fun. I was walked by a goat (although it was supposed to be me walking the goat) and I could never get bored of handling the chicks, they are so cute and fluffy! Pig racing is twice a day (we normally stay to watch both), a short activity but definitely worth watching for the pure comedy value. Tractor and Trailer Ride is a relaxing ride around the farm where you get to see the animals from a different angle.

There are many play areas at the farm, we only discovered the woodland play area recently when we thought we'd go on the Nature Trail for a change, the play area was at the end of the walk. Lovely.

The farm has many litters of piglets through the year, so whenever we visit there are always baby piglets or other young animals to see and stroke.

Will be visiting again very soon (and I'm considering purchasing a season ticket as it seems like very good value) or even a stay in one of your wigwams next summer! Either way, we will be back very soon.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Great fun lots to do!!”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

Had a lovely time with my 2 year old daughter, the weather wasn't great on the day we went to the farm but she LOVED the animals and the play area.
For lunch we ate in the on site cafe and had a lovely lunch, was very reasonably priced compared to other farm parks near where we live in London.
Great friendly family atmosphere, with pleasant staff. Would recommend to any family looking for a good day out for all.

Visited August 2011
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