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“great fun”
Review of Briarlands Farm

Briarlands Farm
Ranked #1 of 7 Fun & Games in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence
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Swansea
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great fun”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Had a great visit in March. Saw baby chicks plus our children were able to see the hens and guinea pigs etc being fed and the eggs being collected. The staff were very knowledgeable and very good with the children too, managing to answer lots of questions at the same time as protecting the animals from little hands. The kids also had a fab time playing on all the outdoor play equipment, particularly the big bouncy hill things. Really recommend this for a good day out, and the cafe is excellent too.

Visited March 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable!”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We went for a family day out with an 8 year old an 11 and 12 year old and a 14 year old and they all enjoyed it! There's a jelly belly/jumping pillow which is great for the kids to play on as it's a bit like a bouncy castle or a trampoline. There's animal viewings which is good as you get to here about them and pat them too. The cafe was also good for a nice lunch the only thing that let it down was that it would have been nice to let the kids get a chance to feed the lambs and not just watch the staff do it. But we very much enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to everyone!

Visited April 2014
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Gateside, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“huge dissapointment - not for over 6 - not for scottish weather”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

My 12 year old and her 9 year old friend were really excited to visit here on 11/4/2014. It was a blustery day with frequent showers. We are regular visitors to farm play venues and found briarlands hugely disappointing. The girls were encouraged by the only friendly and engaging staff member (I think her name was Katy?) to rush up to the barn to meet the guinea pigs and rabbits...we followed on after paying (Not cheap!) to find two disgruntled girls. The animals were being put away already. They did not get to handle the animals at all - only to listen about them and then touch their heads. We then went to have a picnic - the area is very open with a few activities dotted around the edges - pillows with gates that are locked at the first sight of rain, some maze type games and square go kart areas ---- it seems such a disappointment considering the large area available. The middle of the field holds a flying fox and a toddler type slide - oh and a concrete tunnel with earth on top. There is also a metal shed with three sides, crammed with picnic tables --- this is where the second class picnic eaters can munch out of the rain. There are the usual animals around the edge of the field, but no way to get close to them --- you buy feed and then they are fed through a tube into their feeding trough. We hung about thinking that the first animal meet must have been down to a disengaged staff member only to find that the following one was as bad.....lots of handling by staff - a wee pat on the head for the children. We asked whether the children got to hold the feeding bottle at lamb feeding time, and the reply was that it would be too hard!!! the staff feed the lambs while the children watch through shoulder high Perspex --- they are allowed to pat the lambs head at the end!!! I feel truly spoiled living in Fife... We have the Scottish deer centre, muddy boots and Cairnie Fruit Farm nearby --- all of them are able to entertain more than toddlers and small children. Our kids are used to handling the animals and it is joy to watch them feeding a lamb for a count of five and then moving the bottle to the next child in line. Pillows are available in all weather - at the discretion of parents - and you can get close to the animals. The one highlight was when the children were allowed to handle some baby chicks with Kate, who was enthusiastic and responsible. She reminded the children to wash their hands - but at least that part of the trip was not sanitised to the point of having all the pleasure and fun sucked out of it. We were so disappointed with the trip that we spent no money whatsoever in the shop - feeling we had spent far too much without our children getting much enjoyment at all (apart from the chicks - and they were not in the paying part). When I asked my daughter what the best part had been - she said playing in the mound of stones in the middle of the car park before we got in!!

Visited April 2014
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UK
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28 reviews
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“Great Day out”
Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

Been twice, two children aged 2 and 4, lots to do for a few hours, take a picnic and your wellies! Good coffee and nice indoor play section. Good value. Well done Briarlands.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Fun for the kids, the cafe not so good”
Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

I went with my mum, sister and her 3 kids 6 yrs and 3 yr old twins the weather was not great but the kids still had fun feeding the animals and playing on the bouncy castle type thing, however on our arrival the kids were hungry so we ate first my sister had soup which was a small bowl and served with bread and butter this was £3.45 which isn't too bad I suppose sandwiches were also ok value for the kids however I have no idea why they give you grated cheese in a sandwich for children as it just falls out! Then mine and my mums arrived we ordered 2 wraps 1 with steak and onion and the other with bacon, cheese and homemade chutney these were a disgrace they were tiny I am not exaggerating my 6 yr old nephew would still have been hungry after it! There was no garnish and not a crisp in sight fair enough they want to cut down on food waste, so don't put it on the kids meals but come on the adults should get a little and a few crisps at least!!! Especially for £5.25 which was what I was charged for each one. All in all don't think we will be returning unless it's with our own picnic!

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