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“Friendly Farm”
Review of Matlock Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park
Ranked #13 of 53 things to do in Matlock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Matlock Farm Park is a family friendly open farm, providing a great day out with varied activities for all the family. The park has a large selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks, meerkats, chickens, pigs, alpacas, ducks and deer to name a few. There are specially designed playgrounds and even a go-kart track for the kids and many places for the adults to relax if they wish.Group party bookings and children's birthday parties are also catered for, please ring for details.There is a licensed cafe serving hot food, a classroom and a gift shop. Horse Riding Lessons and Pony Trekking are also available with prior booking.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 14 August 2012 via mobile

If you're looking for a sanitised experience then go elsewhere but for a relaxing half day it's perfect.
Worth reading the owner's response to the negative review - this is a genuinely caring place. My autistic adult companion was treated with the utmost courtesy and nothing was too much trouble. The employees with learning difficulties are very helpful and clearly enjoy their work.
The simple cafe (tea, ice creams and biscuits) is cheap.
I was impressed by how long people stayed but it was a nice day so the children could play on the equipment whilst adults sipped tea all afternoon.
For what you get it may seem a bit pricey (6 pounds adults, 19.50 for a family) but for what they give it's very cheap. My grateful thanks to the owners.

4  Thank Umpalulu
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"bouncy castle"
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"ferret racing"
in 26 reviews
"small animals"
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"petting area"
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"go karts"
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"feeding the lambs"
in 8 reviews
"animal enclosures"
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"animal food"
in 15 reviews
"lots of play areas"
in 5 reviews
"darwin forest"
in 7 reviews
"little boy"
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"few hours"
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"play equipment"
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"sand pit"
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"climbing frame"
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

We visited Matlock Farm Park with our toddler whilst staying in the area. There is a variety of different farm animals on display for petting and feeding, and a couple of playground areas for kids, including an old tractor to sit on, which our 2-year old loved.

There's clearly some investment going on here (as one of the playground activity centres looked very new) but some areas looked very shabby & run-down. It looked as though some of the playhouses hadn't been cleaned in years (if ever), and the toilets were not in a particularly nice state. Fortunately we didn't need to try out the baby-changing area.

There's enough here for a morning or an afternoon with young kids, but not a whole day. There's a snack shop but no real cafe or restaurant so don't plan any your visit around any mealtimes.

Compared to some of the competition at more professionally-run farm parks, this seems a little average. Having said that, it did feel more like an actual farm than some of the other places we've been to, which felt more like tourist attractions primarily, so it depends on what you're looking for. Overall it was a nice morning out, which kept our little one entertained.

1  Thank garsidiano
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

This farm was right next to where i was staying and loved the farm animals they had there. You can just look around if you want or buy a bag of food to feed all the animals

4  Thank spidsley
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

cheap entrance nice space to walk around nice little kids play areas , equipment is quite worn, toilets werent great ! ok but dont think i would visit again!

Thank noynoy1
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We took our granddaughter who enjoyed her time here. Clean and pleasant attraction

1  Thank Tom_Tait
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