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“Wonderful family day out, but take a picnic if you want lunch”

World of Country Life
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Devon's multi-award-winning all-weather day out for the whole family! You can ride on the deer train or take a goat for a walk! Get up close to the animals in the pet centre or burn off some energy in one of the three different soft play areas, Pirate Ship Adventure or outdoor adventure playground. There's also a museum of farming and an indoor Victorian Street, featuring a dairy, cottage & pub! The vintage & classic car collection features vehicles that have appeared in Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge & Parade's End. Then there's the steam engines and Reg Imray motorcycle collection. To top it all off there are daily ferret, lamb or duck racing shows and the excellent Hawkridge Bird of Prey flying display. Refuel at Farmer Lee's Food Barn restaurant or grab some local food to go from the Pasty Shack! With so much to see, come rain or shine, can you do it all in a day?!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Torquay, Devon
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful family day out, but take a picnic if you want lunch”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We visited World of Country yesterday (31st July) we where part of a group. My 5 and half month old son had a wonderful time, its a fab place for families, loads to see and do, and a lot of great kiddie attractions. We loved the Train ride it was wonderful and the country world Staff where lovely and very helpful, we especially loved feeding the deer. I want to go back with my hubby (who was in work) and take our little boy again when he is a bit older.

A word of advice to anyone visiting this wonderful place, I would take a packed lunch. We had a train ride booked for 1.45 pm so decided to go to the cafe for lunch at 12.30 ( 1 x hour is enough time normally for a sandwich) we got shown to our table, it was quiet busy but there where still plenty of tables. We sat down and looked at the menu, and decided what we wanted, then we waited and waited (waitress service) by now it was 12.50 we where getting worried as we had the train ride pre booked with our group. We asked to get served and the young girl , who was very flustered said she would be right over. Just as she was about to come over the manager ( I think she was she was quite young though) ordered the young girl to clear tables and she just left us. It was now 1 pm. We where starving and just couldnt wait any longer, so had to get up and go around to the takeaway counter (I've never had to do that before ), we got a sausage roll each ( I had wanted a Jacket potato so was very disappointed). To top it all when we got up to leave the manager just looked at us and she knew we had not been served, we didn't even get an apology.
I used to be a waitress many years ago, if a customer complains you deal with it there and then you cant just leave them and for them to let us leave with out an apology is awful. I wouldn't normally complain about a place but this was my little boys day and it spoilt what would have been a fantastic day out.
If anyone wants to go to World of Country its an amazing place and well worth a visit but either get a takeaway from the hatch (great service there and in the ice cream area ) or take a picnic ( plenty of picnic tables) as the service is appalling in the cafe, ( I see other people have complained too) We have visited alot of much busier places and been served in the children's holidays. Such a shame. But we shall be back with a picnic next time, you live and learn :)

Visited July 2014
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ManagerWoCL, Manager at World of Country Life, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thank you for your review - great to hear you enjoyed the deer train and and that you'll be back again soon - and thank you for your feedback on the restaurant.

I must apologise for the level of service you received in the restaurant. Following your feedback - and similar feedback from other visitors - we are about to change the way service is run to ensure it is more efficient and no one is left waiting. I'm glad to hear you experienced much better service at the takeaway and snack shack and I hope that next time you visit us you'll see that level of service in the restaurant as well.

Once again, many thanks for your review - all feedback helps us to improve our service and ensure our visitors have the best possible experience in all areas of the park. See you again soon!
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A full day of fun”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We spend a whole day here playing on the soft play, pirate ship, and watching ferret racing. Then when time to leave, we realised we'd missed out the whole museum area (with huge tractors).

Visited March 2014
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ManagerWoCL, Manager at World of Country Life, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Glad you enjoyed your visit - there really is so much to do here it's difficult to fit it all in to a single day! Come back soon and see the bits you missed!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Half day visit”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Liked the collection of antique vehicles, including motor bikes.
The old world village street with shops and a pub was good.
Lots of areas for children to play and lots of outdoor pens with goats, pigs and ducks. There were times when these could be fed.
There is also an excellent collection of birds of prey with daily displays of them working.
Also the best part of the trip for me was the little train which takes you into the deer park where you are given food to feed the deer and llamas. They shove their heads into the train carriages and feed out of your hands.
Nothing to dislike about this place.

Visited July 2014
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Thank kenjen12
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ManagerWoCL, Manager at World of Country Life, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit. The Deer Train is very popular - glad you enjoyed it! I'll pass your comments on to the Hawkridge Birds of Prey team too. See you again soon!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“lovely place to spend a few hours”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

so nice for children and grandparents alike the staff were so helpful the animals well cared for and very friendly, we got to feed them after taking a short mini train ride.

Visited July 2014
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ManagerWoCL, Manager at World of Country Life, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Great to hear you had a lovely time - I'll pass your kind words on to the staff team. See you again soon!
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Runcorn, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Spent a whole day here whilst staying at Devon cliff little discount voucher from the park The World of County Life is a great place for all to enjoy lots to do very clean great for all ages would definitely recommend

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ManagerWoCL, Manager at World of Country Life, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thanks for the review - great to hear you enjoyed your visit! Come visit us again next time you're staying at Devon Cliffs!
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