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“Good way to spend an afternoon”
Review of Mrs Dowsons Farm

Mrs Dowsons Farm
Ranked #1 of 9 Fun & Games in Blackburn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 11 May 2014

The animal attractions are well hosted, with easy views for all ages. The children got to hold animals and then feed lambs from milk bottles, which they really enjoyed. There was an undercover sand pit, which was well stocked and an imaginative bug garden area. There were some younger children's attractions, such as mini cars and slides, though the building of a larger wooden adventure playground, which is planned, would help older children. All the staff were happy to chat and answer questions.

The café offers good food and drinks and there is again a useful area for children to play in.

It is important to stress this is not a location for an all day visit. On a good weather day, with a cafe visit, it maybe will cover half a day - on a wetter one (such as the one we visited on) a couple of hours

Thank gull44
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"tractor ride"
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"scare kingdom"
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"sand pit"
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"feed the animals"
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"rabbits and guinea pigs"
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"calf being born"
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"my daughter"
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"lovely afternoon"
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"lots of picnic benches"
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"on easter sunday"
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

A good way to kill a couple of hours. £3 entrance for all which is a bit steep for young kids bearing in mind there isn't too much to do. Went on a bad rainy day so bit dismall. Would be ok on a sunny day. Good cafe with reasonable prices and nice ice cream.

Thank leeguapo
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We visited here to experience lambing live with our 3 year old grandson. The animal experience was super. We also wanted to have our lunch, good for the children, 'picnic style' boxes but a very limited adult menu, a bowl of soup would have been great.

Thank winifredholden
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Although we very much enjoyed the farm and every member of staff was nice and helpful, it is a little lacking in activities to make a day of it. Certainly an activity to fill a couple of hours. This said, it was very clean and nicely laid out making it a good experience.

Thank Ehindley
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Such a shame as this could be a fantastic family day out, however...there is no systematic approach to admission entry, food ordering or ice cream buying - resulting in an "every man for himself" mess in the foyer with people pushing in and staff looking overwhelmed! We ordered food and were told there'd be a ten minute wait (which we were happy with) but 25 minutes later we enquiries about the whereabouts of our order only to find it'd been totally forgotten about. Nothing was done to try to rectify the mistake so we ended up cancelling the order and leaving (our ten month old had lost patience by this point!!). There was no information given by the staff during the bottle feeding of the lambs - it'd have been nice if they'd told the children the age of the lambs, how many males and females there were, why they were being bottle fed etc., what a missed opportunity! Also more signs about the names etc. of the animals, their ages, diets - the only ones were in the small animal enclosure with the rabbits and guinea pigs.

I've been to much better small animal / petting farms with cheaper admission that organise little activities for the children (eg Easter egg hunts) and to say we went on May Day bank holiday Monday, it was disappointing how there was nothing on to entertain the children. I won't be returning in a hurry

Thank jamsquareclaire
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