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Bucklebury Farm Deer & Safari Park

Sack the digital nanny and let the kids run wild. Bucklebury Farm is the perfect playground for your mini beasts to let off steam.

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Need to step away from screens and go in search of fresh air and wholesome fun? Head to Bucklebury Farm. This Muddy award-winning family attraction is brilliant for younger children who can be free range and close to animals in a safe environment.

You’ll find this stunning 70-acre working farm in the pretty village of Bucklebury, nestled in the beautiful Pang valley in West Berkshire . What can you expect? Well, clue’s in the name – animals. And there are plenty to feed, pet and gawp – four breeds of deer, a small herd of rare breed Berkshire Pigs, Pygmy and Anglo-Nubian goats, Alpacas, Donkeys, Shetland Ponies, Lambs and Chickens. It’s a Generation Game of livestock and there are new arrivals to coo over all the time. The cuteness scale is extreme.

The tractor deer safari is always a highlight as you get to see the these majestic creatures up close and personal. There are four breeds here – Red deer, Farrow, Sika and Axis. If your kids have more energy than the Duracell bunny, there’s also plenty to tire them out – a woodland adventure playground, much-loved bouncing pillow, go-kart track, obstacle course and zip wire.

Refuelling is essential – and the café is excellent. Very much in line with The Good Life vibes here, all the food is freshly prepared using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The coffee is superb and the food is simple but delicious. There are also lots of picnic tables if you’re bringing your own spread.

What’s the damage? A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £40, Adults £11.45; 2 years + £10.75; under 2s free, Disabled and their carers, £10 each. Season tickets are also available.

If you’re local, take advantage of the After School Burn Off – half price tickets every weekday after 3pm – note the last deer park & tractor ride is at 2pm.

I’m a big fan. Let your kids run wild, get dirty, eat loads and have fun.

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Bucklebury Farm, Bucklebury, Reading, Berkshire RG7 6RR
0118 971 4002

Opening hours
Monday: Monday: 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday: Tuesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday: Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm
Friday: Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: Sunday: 9.30am – 5pm

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