Animals, play space and great cafe. Drakes is another must for your ‘where shall we go today’ list, even on a rainy day.
Drakes Farm & Cafe is more than a family-friendly cafe. It’s a fabulous place for a play and freedom whatever the weather.
Undercover, but outside, is a giant sandpit to play in with diggers, buckets and spades and a little slide too. There’s a toy house as well and it’s all next to the picnic benches so you can enjoy some tea and cake while they enjoy playing.
Further along are the animal paddocks. There’s lots of animals to visit, stroke and feed. The geese and chickens wander around and you might be in luck of even finding some eggs, the ducks are on their pond (fenced off so the children aren’t in risk near water), a couple of horses, some sheep, goats and at the end, in their muddy field, are the pigs! Kim, the farmer, can often be seen on the farm with the new baby animals, bringing them round for the children (and adults!) to stroke and coo over! I love the freedom of Drakes farm for the kids and adults – small enough that they can be seen and they’re safe, large enough that they can wander, run and play and have that wonderful freedom that they love. Oh and the glorious Dartmoor views too.
- Animals – ducks, chicken, goats, horses, pigs & sheep that you can feed (50p a bag for chicken or pig feed)
- Enormous sandpit with diggers to play with and a slide. Outside but undercover
- Real, stationary play tractor
- Covered area so great for a rainy day
- Café serving yummy cakes, lunches and ice cream as well as all the usual.
Watch a reel of one of our visits to Drakes Farm on Little Devon’s instagram here
Need to know
Price: Entry to see the animals and play equipment is free, but a purchase from the café is expected (and worth it!)
Opening times: Summer and Winter times are different check here
Address: Higher Fingle Farm, Crockernwell, Exeter, EX6 6NP (there are other addresses with Drakes Farm in the in the Exeter Area). Tel: 01647 281111
Buggy friendly: Yes very much so. There’s a ramp to avoid the couple of steps up to the cafe and the path to the animals is buggy friendly (just can be a little muddy in winter, but straw is put down)
Loos & Baby changing: Yes
Kim runs Little Farmers classes which are fabulous – a hands on farming session for toddlers and preschoolers. https://www.drakesfarm.net/little-farmers
These sessions can also be booked for parties: https://www.drakesfarm.net/birthdays
Opposite is Oinkers a small farm shop selling local produce.