7 reviews of The Bucks Goat Centre Animal Farm in English
It is perfect for (possibly younger) children who are interested in the animals, its a very small & friendly place with no frills in terms of toys & play equipment, but just ticks all the boxes for us.
We have been in the summer with our picnics & the winter with our wellies!
Come here if you want to interact with the animals without hoards of other people, the young staff are really friendly and will allow you to hold rabbits & guinea pigs, show you the owls, let you feed the goats, groom the miniature ponies....etc! It is in no way stuffy or pretentious. Just simple.
There are no queues, no additional costs, nothing but a group of friendly staff in wellies whispering 'follow me Im going to get the ferrets!' or 'meet me here in 5mins and we'll go and groom the ponies'
As other people mentioned the toys are a bit grubby & are no better than what we have in our garden - but that is fine! We go here to see the animals, have a picnic and an interesting day out. Not to go up and down on slides. If you want this kind of day there are other places in the area - Mead/Willows/Woodside to name just a few - I sincerely hope The Bucks Goat centre stays simple, keeps their entry fees low and does not turn in to one of these other leisure park places, which there are already plenty of.
I should add that the on site cafe is another simple and effective part of the business, serving yummy cakes, coffee & snacks.
There was a beautiful snow owl which was brought out to see. My son was excited about the bird and started asking questions. The handler ignored him and spoke to the parents. He gave a leather glove to the children so that they could hold the bird. He himself didn't wear a glove but put the bird on his hand which became bloody because of the bird's claws. Undisturbed he kept talking to the parents.
I think the place needs some major investment to stand up the standards of Meat Open Farm. It seemed a bit run down. However, the attitude also needs to change. I assume this is a family business so I am sorry if it's not going well for them but I have been disappointed.
expensive for the limited facilities. We were looking forward to spending a full day out but were very disappointed. Good collection of animals but all other facilities were totally dismal. The play area for children (toddlers) were more like some home toys thrown together.
We come here at least once a year to visit the baby goats. OK, so we are all over thirty but this is OK, isn’t it?
Buy a little bag of animal feed, run past the creepy tanks full of spiders and snakes and then you’ll find several pens full of the cutest animals - if you’ve got kids be prepared for them to declare themselves veggie from now on! There are goats and pigs and even llamas!
They have a lovely cafe here as well, with rockbottom prices. We have had lovely sandwiches made fresh, followed by slices of home-made cake and lashings of ginger beer!
If it’s rainy, make sure you bring your wellies - it can be a bit muddy. And some handwipes if you get fussy about goat saliva all over your hands. But for a some time spent playing with goats that only come up to your knees - it’s well worth the visit!
It’s a little place but you can get a lot from it! For one of those “what shall we do” days! Great to get close and personal to the animals and to feed the goats, which imaginably the children love!
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