Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: If you have specific queries about our reopening following Coronavirus, please refer to our Coronavirus FAQs.

Are all the rides and attractions included in the entrance price?

The entry price to the park covers the majority of our attractions but as some attractions are only available to a small number of visitors it would unfairly increase the park entrance cost if we were to make these attractions free.

Attractions which have a small charge include: Pony Rides (£1), Tractor Driving School (£1), Electric Quad Bikes (£1), Dizzy Ducks (£1), Shooting Gallery (£1), Battlefield Live (charges apply after the first 10-minute taster session), Ultimate Adventure Centre Taster Sessions (prices vary).

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 quite territorial and would likely attack any other dog who comes within range. We also have unvaccinated pups on site and several new born 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 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 472366 for full details.

Are there any discounts for local residents?

The BIG Sheep offers two options for Annual Membership. Please see our Memberships and Offers page for more information.

We also run locals weekend during the year. Please visit our Locals page for more information.

Can I book tickets in advance?

Yes. Please use our online booking service to purchase advance discounted tickets.Tickets must be purchased before 10am on the day of your visit.

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 areas 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.

Do you accept Blue Peter Badges?

The BIG Sheep admits one Blue Peter Badge Holder Free of Charge when accompanied by one full paying adult on the door. The accompanying adults cannot be paid with Tesco vouchers or tickets pre-booked online. If a paying adult is accompanied by two children with badges and valid badge cards, free entry will be given to one 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 about attractions who accept Blue Peter Badges.

Do you accept Tesco vouchers?

The BIG Sheep accepts Tesco Clubcard Days Out Tokens. You are required to redeem your Clubcard points from Tesco who will then email your Tesco Vouchers to you. Present your email with the voucher reference number on arrival to The BIG Sheep and we will accept them as full or part payment. Part payment can be topped up with cash or card payment. Please note that Tesco Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other vouchers and cannot be redeemed for our evening events. Visit the Tesco Clubcard website for The BIG Sheep for more information.

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: Charity Donation Request, The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP. Or, please pop into The BIG Sheep and see our receptionists. Please refer to our opening times for when our team will be here. We recommend you visit the reception in the afternoons, any time after 1pm as this is usually the quietest time for the team.

Do you offer a discount to the Armed Forces?

Supporting our British heroes, we offer 50% off our general admission prices to all British Military Forces personnel and their immediate family (spouse and children). Please present ID forces card or your Defence Discount Card on arrival at reception to claim your discount.

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.

Does the brewery have a shop?

The BIG Sheep Sheepy Shop stocks a variety of bottled beer. It’s open seven days a week in the summer season from 10am until 6pm. Please see our opening times for details during the winter season.

If you are looking to purchase kegs of beer or larger quantities call them on 01237 420808 to pre order. Entry is free to the brewery, shop and restaurant.

How can I find out more about exhibiting at one of your events?

We have a wide calendar of events throughout the year, if you’d like to exhibit please contact [email protected] for more information.

How do we get to The Big Sheep?

See our Find Us page for full directions.

How long can you spend at The Big Sheep?

You are welcome to spend as long as you like in the park, but you’ll need at least 3-4 hours to enjoy all of our attractions and shows during the main season. In the winter, again you’re welcome all day but limited attractions are open at different times, please see our opening times page for more information.

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 aged 18 years or over due to insurance purposes.

I'm coming with a group - can I get a discount?

Yes. Groups of four or more receive 50p off per person. Please see our Prices page for full details for larger groups.

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 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 new born 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.

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 Ewetopia Indoor Playground is particularly popular on wet days as it’s suitable for both adults and children. Our live shows during the day in the summer are either inside the show arena which has seating for 250 people or there are shelters for you to watch the shows from around the park. The nursery barn and the brewery are also undercover.

It’s recommend that you bring a coat for the farm safari and the train ride as even though the rides have overhead covers, both sides of the trailer and train are left open, so it can get windy. Unfortunately Rampage Rollercoaster cannot operate in wet weather conditions and The Twister closes in high winds both for the safety of our guests.

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 Centre and can often organise or advise activities for teenagers. Our Ewetopia Indoor Playground is open during the winter season. 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.

What attractions are there for teenagers?

Battlefield Live is perfect for teenagers and adults wanting to run around and have fun. It has been known to be compared to paintballing but without the bruises! The first ten minutes is included in your entry price.

Adjacent to The BIG Sheep, there is The Ultimate Adventure Centre. Discounts are offered for BIG Sheep customers to try various sessions.

Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What is the postcode for The BIG Sheep?

EX39 5AP

What time do you recommended we arrive at The BIG Sheep?

Families or groups of children are strongly recommended to arrive before 11:30am during the main season to watch the Duck Trialling show. Audience participation is a core part of the show.

What time does The BIG Sheep open and close during the summer season?

Please refer to our Opening Times page for detailed information.

What time does The BIG Sheep open and close during the winter season?

Please refer to our Opening Times page for detailed information.

When are you open and what are your prices?

You can find our opening times and prices for the current season here.

When is The BIG Sheep open during the winter season?

Please refer to our Opening Times page for detailed information.

Where is your Online Feedback Form?

You can visit our contact us page for details on how to get in touch.