Pennywell Farm: Cute Animal Encounters in Devon

Devon’s Friendliest Day Out

Sisters at the photo opportunity at Pennywell Farm

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting Pennywell Farm, and I can tell you from the off that we had an absolute blast. This charming farm boasts that it is the friendliest attraction in Devon and whilst we haven’t visited any other Devon attractions (yet), we certainly agree with this statement. All of the staff we came across were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic, you could clearly see that they really love what they are doing! The animals were also extremely friendly and very content, which was lovely to see.

Read on for our full Pennywell Farm review.


Animal Encounters at Pennywell Farm

The farm is located in the idyllic Devon countryside, with views of the rolling hills of Dartmoor National Park and lush greenery.

It’s jam-packed with animal experiences, perfect for our Florrie as she could get plenty of ‘fluffying’ done!

The first activity that we went to was animal cuddling. This is an extremely popular activity, so if you visit, you really need to make sure you get to that nice and early. In the cuddle area, they have a variety of different farmyard animals to snuggle up to. We managed to cuddle some adorable little mice, a guinea pig and one of their super cute miniature pigs. To do this activity, you need to make sure you bring a little blanket or purchase one from the shop at the entrance.

My favourite part of the day was cuddling the guinea pig!!


Activities and Entertainment

What wasn’t on? At Pennywell, there is a new activity to do every 30 minutes and we did our best to catch most of them.

We were able to watch the ferret racing, bottle-fed the goat kids, cheered the pigs on as they raced around an obstacle course, walked goats (hilarious btw!!) and watched a short, interactive show. Along with that, there are plenty of free-flow activities too such as feeding the animals. You can enter the miniature donkey and pony paddocks and Florrie absolutely loved getting up close to them.

During the activities that were led by the farm handlers, we were given lots of information about the animals, making it an educational day out too!


This was an amazing trip. I would 100% return :)


Click the video above to see our Summer 2023 visit to Pennywell Farm!

Food Options at Pennywell Farm

At the farm, there are a few places where you can grab a bite to eat.

There’s the Coffee Cabin where you can get food such as sandwiches, wraps, pasties and drinks.

At the far end of the farm, you can find the Coffee Shack, which also serves pasties, drinks and sweet snacks. We sampled the coffee from here and it was lovely. We also had ice cream from the Ice Cream Parlour which was a delight.

Noah’s Barn serves stone-baked pizza, along with the other options that are served in the other establishments across the farm.

Gluten-free options are available at the farm too which is great to see.


Fun and Play for Children

Pennywell has an abundance of play-based activities for the children. There’s an assault course (Florrie was very happy that she wasn’t assaulted!) a wicker maze, the thunderslide and a cute toddler area. On top of that, you also have some rides. There’s an educational tractor ride, the Rainbow Railway ride and the Red Rocket ride which was the kids’ favourite ride! They also have rabbit pedal go-karts which we didn’t get around to having a go of.

Along with all of that, there are also bouncy castles, tractors to race around on, mini golf and more. There’s honestly so much there that we didn’t get to do it all. But that’s not a bad thing because it gives us another excuse to go back.

It was very nice. There was lots of stuff to do and so many well cared for animals.


Final Thoughts

We left Pennywell with warm hearts and happy souls. It’s an absolute gem of a place, packed full of animal experiences and suitable for young and old. I absolutely would recommend visiting here if you haven’t already. Whether you’re a local looking for a memorable day out or a visitor exploring Devon’s treasures, you need to add Pennywell to your list. With so many animal encounters and friendly, welcoming staff, I know it’s a place that we will absolutely be going back to.

We would love to visit more family-friendly farms like this. Let us know your favourites in the comments and we will add them to our list.

If you are looking for a friendly farm with a difference, check out our post, Top 10 Reasons To Visit Folly Farm.

  • Opening hours are 9am-4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Dog kennels available.
  • Halloween and Christmas events available to book.
  • For more information, visit


Correct at time of writing.

  • Adult: £19.95
  • Senior (65+): £17.95
  • Student/Carer: £17.95
  • Child (3-15): £15.95

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