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The Big Sheep (Abbotsham, Bideford)
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The Big Sheep (Abbotsham, Bideford)
Advantages: Lots to do, entertaining shows
As theme parks go they don't come much weirder than this, but surpriingly The Big Sheep is a good day out. It is a strange mixture of rides, shows and activity areas that has appeal across the age spectrum.
So, what is there to do, I hear you cry... well let me tell you. I shall try to organise my thought into the three broad categories mentioned above:
The big draw for kids at the Big Sheep is Ewetopia. This is an indoor playarea with death-slides, ball pits, suspended rope bridges, etc, etc, you get the idea, there are probably loads of them across the country. This one is as much fun as all the others you've probably been in. Noisy for adults, manic with children running everywhere and getting worn out and sweaty. Great! I particularly like the bumpy slide that you have to go down sitting on a sack. I also like the fact that there is a small kids area for the under 5s. At the back of this area is a room of computers for people to use and at the front a cafe whose selection of food has improved in recent years. They do an acceptable hot chocolate.
Outside activities are also available. There are some giant jumping pillows which attract nearly as many adults as children. Again, a small persons one is available next to the big one. There is the chance to feed the lambs. There are go-carts and trampolines which are free, horse rides which cost money (sorry don't know how much) and a laser shooting area which is about £7 for an hour.
These are very basic, simple rides. There is a train which goes round in circles (very boring) and an old fashioned chair-o-plane ride, which is very popular so must be good fun. I can only tell you that my children love it as I am way too much of a wuss to have a go myself.
These are actually quite good fun, and none of them last longer than about 15 minutes which is about the right time to hold a child's attention without them getting bored and restless. One of my favourites is the duck show, where lots of India Runner Ducks get chased round various obstacles, including members of the audience, by a sheep dog - its training for sheep you understand.
Then there is a horse whispering show, a sheep dog trial show, a sheep show where you can learn about and see at least seven different types of sheep, all of which you can feed afterwards, and the beer show. The beer show is very boring but draws people in with the promise of free beer. Don't be fooled by this - you get free beer anyway by going to the brewery shop an asking to try samples.
Other big event at the Big Sheep is the sheep race. This occurs at around 4.00 everyday and involves six sheep being raced down a track with little woollen riders on thier backs. It's all good fun and if you want to you can place a bet on the winner by buying the badge of the sheep you want to back. All winners get a prize.
As well as all this there is a shop (isn't there always) and a restaurant.
The Big Sheep also do special events depending on the time of year. The two favourite ones for kids are Halloween where everything is spooked up and there are special scary shows at night and a ride on a tractor trailer through some very scary scenes where chainsaw wealding manics jump out at you, etc. And Easter where for a whole week you can do a massive Easter egg hunt. Some of the smaller eggs can be exchanged for larger one, but this is restricted to one per child.
Entry to the Big Sheep cost £10.50 for children and adults alike, which I feel is a bit of a rip-off, or £10 if there is a group of four or more. I was lucky yesterday for my visit as my daughter had been invited to a birthday party there.
Summary: If you're going, spend all day there - wear the kids out!
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