General Frequently Asked Questions
What is the postcode for the BIG Sheep
How do we get to The Big Sheep?
When are you open and what are your prices?
Are dogs allowed?
We love dogs and have lots of border collies on site to help us keep the children and the sheep under control. They are however pretty territorial and would likely attack any other dog who comes within range. We also have unvaccinated pups on site and a number of newborn animals who are very tempting to chase for any dog who comes to the site. As a result we only allow guide dogs onto the main park. We do however have kennels which are free for you to use, these are available on a first come first served basis. Just come down to the reception and ask for a padlock (You will be asked to leave a refundable deposit). There are also areas around the car park for walking the dogs and a field immediately across the road from the car park which can be used to allow the dogs a good run, provided there are no sheep in it at the time.
Are there any discounts for local residents?
The BIG Sheep offer annual pass memberships for a one off payment of £40.00 which then gains the holder unlimited access to the park all year. Please see the memberships page for more details.
Can I book tickets in advance?
Yes. Please use our online booking service to purchase advance tickets. You'll receive at least 10% discount.
Do you accept Blue Peter Badges?
The BIG Sheep admits 1 Blue Peter Badge Holder Free of Charge when accompanied by 1 full paying adult. The accompanying adults cannot be paid with Tesco vouchers or tickets pre booked online. If a paying adult is accompanied by 2 children with badges and valid badge cards, free entry will be given to 1 child. Blue Peter Badge Holders must be 16 years or under (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 16 years old). Visit the Blue Peter Website for more information.
Do you accept Tesco Vouchers
Yes, please present your Tesco days out vouchers on arrival. You can only use Tesco vouchers on your entry ticket, or part cash/card and part Tesco vouchers. We can not give change to Tesco vouchers. Visit the Tesco Clubcard Website for more details.
Do you offer a discount to the Armed Forces?
Yes, please present your Armed Forces Card on arrival as proof of identification and you and your immediate family (wife, husband, partner and children) will be entitled to 50% off the standard entry rate.
Do you donate tickets to charities for fundraising events?
Yes we love to support our local community fundraising and can donate some BIG Sheep entry tickets for you to use in a raffle, auction or a competition prizes for those charities within a 2 hour drive. Please send a single 1st or 2nd class stamp or a C5 stamped addresses envelope to: Sarah Lee, Charity Donation Request, The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP. Or, please pop into the BIG Sheep and see our receptionists. We open from 10am until 6pm 7 days a week from April until October each year and at weekends only from November until March each year. We recommend you visit the reception in the afternoons, anytime after 1pm as this is usually after the entry queue has gone or visit the sheepy shop.
How can I become a stallholder at your Christmas Farmers' Markets?
If you would like to have a stand at our Christmas Famers' Markets or any of our other events please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the products you wish to sell. Our Christmas markets run from 9am until 1pm, each Saturday in December leading up to Christmas.
I'm pregnant, is it safe for me to visit The BIG Sheep?
Yes, it is safe for you to visit. There are a number of areas within the BIG Sheep park where you can avoid contact with the animals or simply watch and look at the animals. Pregnant women should not pick up or feed any newborn lambs. There is a potential risk at a specific stage of pregnancy if sheep afterbirth is ingested from a sheep carrying transmissible diseases. We have never had any problems here at The BIG Sheep, but we would not like you to take any risks. The number of cases nationally are extremely small, but it is important that pregnant women are aware of any potential risks.
I'm 14, can I visit the BIG Sheep with my friends or do I need an adult with me?
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or over due to insurance purposes.
Where is your Online Feedback Form?
Please visit: bit.ly/BS-Feedback to complete our simple online feedback form.
Can you smoke at The BIG Sheep?
As a family attraction the Big Sheep operates a NO SMOKING policy across the whole park including the outdoor areas. There are four designated smoking area clearly signposted around the park. Smoking is not permitted in any other outdoor spaces including ride queue-lines. Electronic cigarettes are permitted in outside spaces.
Does The BIG Sheep Recycle?
We love our planet and try and make it easy for our visitors to recycle their rubbish.
We have two types of waste bins on site:
Brown bins, for general waste that goes to landfill (boo!)
Green bins, for mixed recyclable materials (yay!)
Please place your empty coffee cups, blue hand towels, plastic bottles, drinks cans, cardboard, paper and plastic in the green bins for recycling.
Half-filled coffee cups or drinks containers, food leftovers and soiled food packaging should all go in the brown bins.
How long can you spend at The Big Sheep?
We're open from 10am until 6pm during the summer and until 5pm during the winter. You are welcome to spend as long as you like in the park, but you'll need atleast 3-4 hours to enjoy all of our attractions and shows.
Winter FAQ (November - March)
What days is The BIG Sheep open during the winter season?
The BIG Sheep opens weekends and school holidays (Christmas and February half term) from November - March.
What attractions are open during the winter?
Please call 01237 472366 for full details as winter attractions vary. We will happily run through all attractions available to your group and the different ages in your family. We work closely with our sister attraction, The Ultimate Adventure Park and can often organise or advise activities for teengers. Ewetopia Playground is open during all winter opening times from 10am until 5pm. From December until the end of February Half term our EWE2 arena hosts a synthetic ice skating rink and snowboard simulator. Some rides will operate during the winter season but are limited during wet and windy weather. During the winter season there can be no or very few animals onsite, due to lambing or refurbishment. Call 01237 472366 for full details.
Are shows on during the Winter season?
No animal shows operate during the winter season except during the february half term when limited indoor shows operate. Call 01237 47236 for full details.
What time does the BIG Sheep open and close during the winter season?
The doors open daily at 10am and close at 5pm.
Summer FAQ (April - October)
When does the BIG Sheep open during the Summer Season?
The BIG Sheep Summer season runs from April until 28th October 2018 when the attraction is open 7 days a week.
What time does The BIG Sheep open and close during the summer season?
The doors open daily at 10am and close at 6pm. Please note that the Ewetopia Indoor playground closes at 5:20pm. The trampolines, shop, ride on tractors and barn are all open until 6pm. Rides operate until 5pm.
Are all the rides and attractions included in the entrance price?
The entry price covers the majority of the attractions, including the 9 sheepy shows, the indoor playground, animal barn, 8 rides, jumping pillows, go karts, pets corner. The attractions which do require an extra charge are the pony rides and any of the coin operated rides such as the dizzy ducks and tractor rides.
Each child over 6 years old is given 10 minutes free for Battlefield Live. More lives for Battlefield Live can be purchased. ½ hour unlimited lives is £6 and 1 hour unlimited lives is £9. Children 6-7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
What time do you recommended we arrive at The BIG Sheep?
Is the BIG Sheep an all weather attraction / Are there lots of undercover facilities?
Yes, the majority of the BIG Sheep attraction is undercover. The indoor playground is particularly popular on wet days as it’s suitable for both adults and children. The shows during the day are either inside the shearing arena which has seating for 250 people or there are shelters for you to watch the shows from. The animal barn and the brewery are also undercover. It’s recommend that you bring coats from the farm safari and the train ride as even though the rides have covers over head, both sides of the trailer and train are left open so it can get a windy. Unfortunately, our Rollercoaster, Rampage can not operate in wet weather conditions.
What attractions are there for teenagers?
Battlefield Live is perfect for teenagers and adults wanting to run around having fun. It has been known to be compared to paint balling but without the bruises!
Adjacent to The BIG Sheep, is a high ropes centre with a climbing wall and a mountain boarding centre. Discounts are offered for BIG Sheep customers to both the high ropes and mountain board centre.
Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Does the Brewery have a shop?
The BIG Sheep shop stocks a variety of bottled beer. It’s open 7 days a week (April-October) from 10am – 6pm.
If you are looking to purchase kegs of beer or larger quantities then the brewery is open from 12 noon until 4pm. Call them on 01237 420808 to pre order. Entry is free to the brewery, shop and restaurant.
I'm coming with a group - can I get a discount?
Yes. Groups of 4 or more receive 50p off per person. Please see our prices page for full details.
Larger Groups of 15 of more can take advantage of our special large group booking rate of £8.50 per person. This must be pre booked by telephoning 01237 472366.