What is it?
It’s a farm / play area for children with events and fun stuff for families. Find it in Exmouth, East Devon, 10 miles from Junction 30 on the M5. The Sat Nav post code is EX8 5BU. If in doubt, look for the brown tourist signs.
Babies / Toddlers & Preschool / 5 – 8
£££ – Under 3’s go free, but children up to 17 cost £8.85 and adults cost £10.85. They do have a special ‘summer passport’ offer and annual pass prices available.
What’s on offer
World of Country Life is a themed park with family attractions aplenty.
Animal themed attractions include the opportunity to feed real life deers on the safari deer train. There’s a petting farm with lambs, baby goats and rabbits where you can take the goats for a little walk, visit the baby chicks and tiny baby guinea pigs in the pet nursery or chat to a parrot (and watch bird races) in the aviary.
The site has indoors and outdoor play areas, totally prepared for whatever the British weather feels like doing. Indoors, aboard the pirate ship and find the hidden treasure. Get them bouncing on the bouncy castles or go sliding. Outdoors, allow them to have fun by bouncing on the trampoline, have an adventure in the playground or get messy in the sandpits
It’s not all fun and games; there are also educational elements like the farm museum, a walk down memory lane on Victorian Street and a collection of vintage steam engines – to name a few. There are lots of exciting events on weekly, so make sure you check the website to see what’s on for you and when.
There’s a restaurant known as the ‘food barn’ (sample menu available on the website) and a gift shop on site. World of Country Life wins Devon on family friendly facilities – there are indoor and outdoor picnic spaces on offer. The site is pushchair friendly site with baby-changing facilities and ample parking spaces.
There’s so much to do here, so it’s no wonder many TripAdvisor users with kids felt that this place was good value for money.
Children will love the trampolines, especially older children who don’t get long to bounce during P.E. lessons. They’ll also love being able to walk the goats and getting close to the animals, because so often children aren’t allowed to stroke or play with the animals. The safari deer train is good fun and it’s nice for kids to feed the animals, but make sure you’ve remembered your change.
The facilities are excellent, even though it’s primarily an outdoor space.
What to watch out for
– The deer train is an extra £1.50 per ride. It’s advisable that you should really buy your tickets at the entrance or early on at the station as they’re super high in demand.
– Keep an eye for little ones walking the goats, you may find the goat ends up taking them for a walk.
– No dogs allowed, except for guide dogs.
– Sometimes, the café gets a bit slow during peak periods. This may well be infrequent. Ask how long the wait will be if your little one is anxious to get back out there.
– Probably best to save this one for children under 7.
– Check for discount vouchers online as there should be some available. Oh, and take a picnic to make your day purse-friendly and maximize your time to spend enjoying the attractions!
What the owners say
“A fantastic day out for all the 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. There’s also a museum of farming and a Victorian street as well as the vintage car 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 display. Refuel in the fantastic restaurant with locally sourced, home cooked food.”
Visit the official World of Country Life website
Other East Devon attractions include…
The Donkey Sanctuary