The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep

Welcome to The BIG Sheep, a family-friendly attraction in Bideford, Devon that promises a day of fun and adventure for everyone. This award-winning attraction is open rain or shine, offering a range of activities to keep the whole family entertained all day long.

At The BIG Sheep, you’ll find thrilling rides, including Devon’s largest roller coaster, as well as 12 hilarious, EWEnique shows with an undercover viewing area. There’s also plenty of outdoor play, including giant jumping pillows, a twister ride, a splash zone, and archery tag. For the little ones, there are gentle rides such as the Piggy Pull-Along, Tractor Safari, self-drive Tractor Track, Pony Rides, Vintage Carousel, and Swan pedal boats.

Throughout the year, The BIG Sheep also hosts fantastic events, making it the perfect destination for families looking to create great holiday memories. So, come on down to The BIG Sheep and experience a totally EWEnique day out!


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Animal-themed family amusement park with sheep racing, lamb feeding, climbing wall and gentle rides.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Address: Abbotsham Rd, Abbotsham, Bideford EX39 5AP, UK

Daphne Partridge avatarDaphne Partridge
a week ago
We had a brilliant time at October half term. We pre-booked using Tesco vouchers and arrived for10am so no queue. The kids loved it all : the rides which they could all go on, the shows which were very entertaining, the indoor play area and the animals. We had six hours of great fun and it wasn't too busy – no queues and loads of well published things to do. A super day out for all the family :)
Suzanne Mulligan avatarSuzanne Mulligan
4 months ago
We went as had a voucher for a percentage off and I'm glad we did as I would have been disappointed paying full price. We walked straight in and then went where we thought the main stage was and where to go after following everyone else. We ended up in a new tots outdoor bit, which was really nice but a bit of a confusing place to find ourselves. It's not very clear where anything is and we thought we was possibly not still on site as we walked past the bottom of the roller coaster and the path was gravel and weeds etc. It's difficult to push the pram up there. We ended up asking a member of staff who was the only one we saw when we was up at the tot area and they mentioned the new maps are not very clear. But we had to go back to where we came through and go between the toilets. There is no signs anywhere to explain this and we stopped several groups of people venturing up to where was was to let them know. Once we got into the pain part of the park it was alright. In the main show area we fed the lambs and watched the ducks get guided by the sheepdog. Chris the staff member was fantastic for both and so was Jess the dog. It was rather quiet when we visited but can imagine it would be difficult to get on anything when it's busy season. The indoor soft play was good, but only a very small area for toddlers. We went on both the train and tractor ride..both not really worth it but the staff were pleasant for both. The train ride goes around the park and you see different nursery ryhme characters but they all need some TLC. The tractor ride you go off up to the fields and back down again but the only animals you really see are the pigs, some donkeys and goats. Feels like again you could do more. It's a shame as it could just do with some small improvements and I would probably go back, but I wouldn't bother unless I had a money of voucher again to be honest.
jerry stampfer avatarjerry stampfer
2 months ago
This is a great day out for younger children with the rollercoaster to add a little spice for the grown ups and older ones. Plenty to keep them busy all day long with excellent live animal shows, which were quite funny too. Plenty of picnic tables around the place, so easy if you want to bring your own food. For me the food offer could be better as I'm dairy free but I realise it's hard to cater for everyone's foibles and the decaf coffee was OK and oat milk too. We'll be back with the other set of grandchildren before too long. Great value.
J WE avatarJ WE
6 months ago
Really good day out for the family. We went with our 1 year old and they had a fab time getting up close and personal to the animals. Lots of wash stations around for when you have touched or fed the animals.We felt the park need a few more signs at the enterance area to know where everything is especially with a buggy.Staff friendly and entertaining in the shows. The jokes and banter just made the shows even better. Some parts could be more interactive for the younger children but they were short and sweet so you didn't get bored.Gutted the animal safari wasn't open today but apparently they are renovating that area, so it's good to hear they are improving things. On that note some areas need a new lick of paint.Cracking soft play area for kids and adults!! Lots of variation but beware adults that you don't get stuck in the under 3ft area. There aren't many exits and areas are low.Cafe had a range of drinks and cakes. Slightly overpriced good but super tasty hot chocolate.
Chelcie Chamberlain avatarChelcie Chamberlain
2 months ago
We visited on Saturday 19th August as a family of 3 adults and 2 children (age 5 & 7). We used our Tesco clubcard vouchers and booked online with no problems. We had the best day out and would highly recommend. From the duck trials, lamb feeding and the sheep show to the rollercoaster that had us all laughing with joy – we were lucky and had no queues so had multiple goes on coaster and the twister. We were even very lucky to have lamb, chick and puppy cuddles. (A huge thank you to Zoe for going above and beyond to make our day extra special!) Safe to say we will be back on our next trip to Devon!
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