We recently went to Tannaghmore Farm with a group of young children. It was not well sign posted so we wasted some time trying to find the place - our driver having to go and ask someone for directions. Then we had to drive back down the road to the turning, which did have a signpost for some other facilities, just not this one.
When we did arrive, there were some picnic tables, and a massive bird cage with a variety of birds inside. This made quite a nice setting for lunch, had it not been right in the middle of the car park! We had arrived when we said we would, but there was another group still there, so we were asked to wait outside until they were ready for us for about 15 mins.
The farm itself was nice enough, but the toilet facilities was minimal, and pretty smelly. This instantly made me feel that this was going to be a real disappointment - but the farm did actually improve as we moved away from this area.
The member of staff allocated to us was friendly and knowledgeable, and his priority was the enjoyment of the children. During the tour the adults had to walk at the front and rear with the children in the middle dictating the pace of the tour. This allowed them to touch the animals, hear stories about them, and in the case of the chicks and the rabbit - getting to pick them up and stroke them. There were a variety of pigs, some horses and lots of birds, as well as horses, some goats and a few other animals.
All in all, it was a novel experience for the children, having the hands on experience and getting up close to the animals. The surrounding gardens and park were lovely - this is where we actually sat and had our picnic, which was far nicer than the car park. This area also had better toilet facilities, and space for the children to run about. At the end of the day the children enjoyed themselves, which was the main point. Another reviewer was glad of no shop, I agree - but a place for the adults to get a coffee or tea would have been appreciated!
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