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“Very good soft play area”
Review of Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Get a Buzz from your holiday and take a trip to Quince Honey Farm. The family-run working honey farm has been producing quality honey since 1949 and has over 1000 hives deep in the North Devon countryside. Visit the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition; BeeWorld! The interesting displays and exhibits will teach you fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere in the world can you get so close to live bees without needing protective equipment! You may wish to take a guided tour or walk around at your own leisure. There is something happening every hour during the summer! Don’t miss out on the bee talks and beekeeping demos which gives you the opportunity to hold a frame of bees if you wish. There is a chance to make some beeswax candles and learn more about the different types of honey at one of the tasting sessions. New for 2017 is the ‘be a beekeeper experience’ which gives you the unique opportunity to work alongside a beekeeper learning more in depth about bees and the art of beekeeping. (You can sign up for this on the day). Any little bizzy bees won’t want to miss out on The Happy Bee play hive; the large indoor soft play area with nets and ropes to climb over. This is where you will also find the cafe offering homemade food and our special Devonshire cream teas with honey. There is an outdoor play and picnic area for when the sun is shining. Visit Critter cabin and meet some slithery friends at one of the daily critter encounters shows. Visit the honey farm shop to see the array of honey products on offer as well as beautiful handmade beeswax candles and skin care. Make a Bee-line for Quince Honey Farm
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Went while on holiday in North Devon so that our 20 month old grand-daughter could enjoy the soft play with grand-mother and daughter, while I went round the museum. I can understand that combining the price of the soft play with the museum entry makes the former more expensive than elsewhere, but the large car park is free and the soft play is quite new and extensive with seating a tables set underneath some of the play areas so that parents can be close to their child. I would give the play area and attached cafe 5 out of 5. The museum was interesting but perhaps a little tired. There was a video explaining the keeping of bees and honey production but this was clearly quite old as we were told about the vehicles used to transport the hives, but had earlier been told that these had been replaced. On the day we went there was nothing being produced in the "production" area. One or two exhibits no longer worked, and the leaf eating ants were "under the weather" according to a notice and could not be seen anywhere. There seemed several staff in the cafe area, but as the cafe is split between an area open to everyone, and a separate area for soft play users only, I noted that at times no staff were monitoring the soft play area. Management should be aware. That said there were only a few children playing and our grand-daughter has a lovely time. Be aware that socks must be worn at all times although you can purchase for a pound at the till.

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Ruby M, Marketing at Quince Honey Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Firstly thank you for visiting Quince honey farm whilst on holiday here.
We are glad you enjoyed your visit here and visited all areas of the attraction, as we are primarily a working honey farm then the exhibition is our main attraction and we hope you learnt something new from visiting it. The viewing galleries where you can see the production taking place does depend on time of day you visited, the workers may well have been needed elsewhere in the farm or out beekeeping. We apologise for the leaf cutting ants for not being on top form, there was a week when we thought they were coming to an end, but thankfully they are perking up and happily going about their business now! –We hope you got to see some of our other bugs in the critter cabin!
There is a sign as soon as you enter the play area to indicate that parents are to supervise their own children. We are glad your grand-daughter had a fun visit to the play hive and hope to see you again.
Many thanks QHF.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Visited here with my two children, aged 6 and 3. We have taken advantage of yearly membership. I paid £10 and now get half priced entrance all year for the children. Well worth it. If you aren't a member paying entrance for adults is a bit pricey. The play area is fabulous and never really too busy. The bee area is informative. They have made improvements in the play area, like adding snakes, snails, turtles and spiders. They also have interactive talks were the children can hold snakes etc, which my too love! Down sides; toilets are outside which means dragging the kids out if someone needs the loo. Also it's freezing in the winter. The food is tasty but too pricey and service is often slow(waited over an hour once, as order was forgotten).
Overall I would recommend a visit.

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Ruby M, Public Relations Manager at Quince Honey Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

It’s great to hear you took advantage of our membership deals as it is really worth it if you visit often! Glad you like the new additions as the critter cabin has proven to be quite popular with children as well as adults.
Thank you for the feedback we really appreciate it and intend to look in to the issues you mentioned so we can improve. We do have some new additions in the pipeline for next year!
Hope to see you soon! QHF

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Great place to come for the morning with young grandchildren! Perfect soft play area, big space for tea and coffee and food, all yummy, loads of info on bees (so much I didn't know!), fascinating hives in a phone box, world globe and other unusual hives... worth a visit upstairs! Best place to buy local honey. We come often for a play and drinks or food, perfect for half a day with energetic kids. Thank you for always being so welcoming.

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Ruby M, Public Relations Manager at Quince Honey Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Good afternoon, thanks for writing a review back in July we really appreciate all our feedback.
We are very pleased you enjoy your visits to the farm and it’s great you come here often! We are glad you take advantage of the play area as the kid’s love it and it give parents some chill time too! Thank you for coming and see you soon!

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Our son's 5th birthday party was here. It was good value and in addition to the play area the insects & snake were really interesting. They loved the stick insect and being able to touch them.

Thank Miltswife
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Ruby M, Public Relations Manager at Quince Honey Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

We are really happy you chose to have your son’s birthday party here! The critter cabin is a new addition for this year so we are always happy when children have enjoyed learning about them and holding them. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Having visited as a child of 9 or 10, I was curious to visit again (now 31) to see how much I remembered and how much it had changed. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to say that some 'old school' displays remained whilst new presentations have also been added. There is also a comfortable cafe and children's soft play that definitely didn't exist when I was small. The shop has some tasty samples...so good that I did end up making a few purchases. Quince Honey Farm is perfect for for a for a half day visit and at less than £6 for an adult, we could not complain.

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Ruby M, Guest Relations Manager at Quince Honey Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased you visited again as an adult and happy you were pleasantly surprised. Our indoor play area has been here for a few years and has proven to be a great success for the kids to buzz around whilst parents can relax. Thank you for visiting us and we hope you can visit us again!
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