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“An XXL pet zoo”

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Jedforest Deer & Farm Park
Ranked #13 of 18 things to do in Jedburgh
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Papendrecht, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An XXL pet zoo”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

We have been visiting Jedburgh and also went to the Deer & Farm park.
At the entrance you first impression is:"What is this ?, Is this all?"

Do not let your first impression disappoint you, just go in and enjoy.
The show with the birds of prey was rather short, but done very good.
In the woodlands some playground for the older children, or the feel still young adults, could be found.
We have seen a lot of interesting animals, this was the first time we did see a Zhorse.
A Zhorse ? yes, that is a mix between a zebra and a horse.

So put on your wellies and enjoy.
Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Visited July 2012
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Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very dissapointing”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

This place looked very good from the brochure. In reality it was VERY different. The whole place looked very run down, worn out and in desperate need of modernisation.

I was shocked at the way in which the birds were kept, in small cages. There was no security there.....anyone could just walk up, unlock the door (some of which were buckled) and just walk off with the birds. It initially looked well laid out with all the animals in pens, but once you have walked around the immediate area, thats all there was. There were signs for various rides; Pony and cart £2.50, Pole Jumping £3, but none of these were running. In fairness the place was pretty empty but it was the first week of the summer holidays and there was little else to keep people interested.

There was a very small play area and a couple of old swings, and 2 trampolines, one of which was full of holes, so not very safe. There were few footpaths to speak of so had to walk through muddy grass to get to the very few animals there.

By chance we spotted a walkway by the trampolines that went into the forest so decided to go that way and thats how we discovered the adventure play area, the go-carts and the walks with the deer. The play area was reasonable and kept the kids happy for a bit. The go-carts though....what a joke! The area designated for them was in amongst the forest, but the area was in no way suitable for this type of activity. Tree roots blocked most of the area, then there was a steep incline that went straight down to a stream! Very dangerous.

We saw a sign for the walks and the deer (which is what we were there for!) so went over the bridge. From there on there were no footpaths. It would have been ok had we worn wellies, but the ground was so wet, muddy and slippery I think we would have struggled even then. We went so far down the 'path' and had to turn around and walk out again. We did see a few deer however.

We'd had enough at this point so thought we'd try the cafe for a cuppa. It's not in the slightest bit pushchair friendly and no way would a wheelchair have gotten through, It's far too small/cramped. We decided to leave.

In total we were there for just over an hour. So not worth the £16.50 we were charged for a family ticket. Would NOT recommend this to anyone. Which is a shame as I think the place has so much potential. Signage needs to be improved, better maps and notices about what there is to do/see. And better footpaths/walkways would make this place so much better for families. As it is, it is not suitable for families with pushchairs and wheelchairs just wouldn't get round.

Visited August 2012
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4 Thank Michelle S
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Tomich, Highlands
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“E for effort”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Where to begin? Though on first impressions this looks like a good value day out for the family, it turned out to be really disappointing and not even worth the family ticket price. I don't understand how they can seriously think that they're offering the visitor a good experience - small number of animals and some of them looked slightly worse for wear (including a horse with a wound on its chest - no explanation to reassure punters that the horse was on the mend or being treated etc); very untidy areas open to the public (I know it's a working farm, but surely some sort of zoning could work?); unbelievable lack of signage - we were lost from the very beginning and traipsed for miles looking at distant views of the animals in the fields, not even sure if we were going in the right direction; dismal looking birds of prey in tiny, barren enclosures - maybe they manage to fly them all every day, but we didn't see any signs of this; minimal interpretation to explain what we were looking at.
The thing that really annoyed me was that it really wouldn't take a huge amount of money or effort to turn this visitor attraction into something worth the ticket price. Even some laminated, easily replaceable directional signs and interpretation would enhance the experience. The owners should try and think about the trip from a visitors point of view. I was intending to mention this to the people on the desk, but quite frankly I lost the will, and thought that if they couldn't see the blindingly obvious then I couldn't be bothered to waste my breath. More effort required!
Having said all that, the kids enjoyed the trampolines and the shop had some nice, appropriate bits and bobs for them to buy...

Visited July 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very disappointing!”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

What a disappointment! Visited today after looking at the brochure and website we thought it would be an ideal place to visit, but we were wrong. The only deer insight were kept in an old dark barn. The llamas had a pile of excrement in their shed, opposite this was a massive pile of old excrement open with no fence or cover around it, not very child friendly at all. The working farm environment was shocking, cattle was in deep excrement which had dried to their bodies. The path was covered in excrement near the cattle as well. The birds of prey area looked forgotten and neglected. The go-kart area… what a joke! This is a public attraction that has serious issues that need addressing as soon as possible. Would not recommend this to anyone!

Visited April 2012
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4 Thank Laura T
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scotland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A must visit”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Lovely place to visit with children, really grown and great activities as well as views and walks

Visited September 2011
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