Great Days out this Christmas!

Some might say it’s too early to start talking about Christmas – but it’s never too early for me to get into Christmas mode!

I love the anticipatory build-up to Christmas, perhaps even more so than the BIG day itself!  The BIG Sheep’s elves have been beavering away day and night adding their very own Christmas creativity to bring the magic of Christmas to everyone who visits on weekends 3rd December and every day from 17th to 24th December:

It no wonder with so much going on all year round at the BIG Sheep that we been nominated as the BEST attraction in the South West, the only awards solely dedicated to the attractions industry that are voted for by the public.  If EWE fancy voting for us we would be grateful.

You can cast your vote by clicking here

Woolly's Winter Wonderland at the BIG Sheep

Woolly’s Winter Wonderland at the BIG

Scroll down to Best Attraction in the South West and then click on BIG Sheep.  Then scroll to the very bottom of the page and complete your email details and submit.   Voting closes on 30th November and what a fantastic Christmas present it would be for all the flock at the BIG Sheep if we were to win!

Have a FabEWELous Festive Season!

Woolly’s Winter Wonderland at the BIG Sheep

Discounts and Vouchers for The BIG Sheep

When looking for great value for money days out in Devon, look no further than The BIG Sheep. We understand the importance of budgetting on a family holiday and we often receive enquiries on where to find BIG Sheep discounts, offers, promotions, vouchers, voucher codes and discounted tickets.

We work hard to ensure we offer our locals, visitors and repeat customers the best prices possible to help maximise an enjoyable day out at the park. We want all our guests to leave North Devon with fantastic memories of their days out and family holidays.

On the Door Prices:

28th March – 1st November 2015
Adults, Children, Seniors: £12.95 each
Children under 3ft in height: £6 each
Babies under 12 months: Free
Children under 3 feet tall will be given a little shepherds card to return free of charge on future visits in 2015 after paying £6 on their first visit.
Return Admission within 1 week: £5 each

Children under 3ft in height are each given a Little Shepherd Card which gives FREE entry for unlimited return visits whilst your child is under 3ft.

Please note: Our entry prices have not increased for 2015. These are the same prices as 2014.

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Buy online, ahead of your visit, and we will offer you a percentage off discount from 10% – 25% off. Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour ahead of your visit. We often run promotions whereby if you book your tickets weeks or months in advance you receive a high percentage discount. No voucher code is necessary; please find your tickets in the relevant ticket category on our online booking website.

Visit our Online Booking Page for Reduced Ticket Prices

Pup & Lamb.Visit ND Tourist Information Centres to Pick up Discount Vouchers:

North Devon Tourist Information Centres offer a wealth of information about the local area. We work closely with the lovely ladies and gents in the centres, who are often volunteers. Discount vouchers for the BIG Sheep can be collected from Tourist Information Centres.

We highly recommend you visit your local Tourist Information Centre during your visit to North Devon. They will provide you with tips and tricks for the area and will help maximise your visit.

Atlantic Village Tourist Information Centre

Bideford Tourist Information Centre

Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre

Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre

Woolacombe Bay Tourist Information Centre

Lynton and Lynmouth Tourist Information Centre

North Cornwall – Bude Tourist Information Centre

NDLogoOption1_ PrimaryVisit your Holiday Park Reception for Discount Vouchers:

We advise you to speak to your Holiday Park reception to pick up local offers for the areas. Many of the Holiday Parks will hold information guides on North Devon which will include discount vouchers and offers inside.

Some of our partners:

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

John Fowler Holiday Parks

Parkdean Ruda Holiday Park

Croyde Bay Holiday Park

Braddicks Holiday Park

Stowford Holiday Park

Park Resorts – Bideford Bay Holiday Park

Bude Holiday Park

Plus many more…Visit www.NorthDevon.com for a compressive list of recommended Holiday Accommodations in North Devon

Check our local papers for Money off Vouchers:

Our local papers; The North Devon Journal or North Devon Gazette often help to promote us and will offer their readers money-off discounts and vouchers. Especially during the school holidays, it’s worth picking up a local paper to check for any discount vouchers.

Exchange your Tesco Clubcard Days Out Vouchers to Save Money:

We work in conjunction with Tesco Clubcard Days Out whereby you send your monthly statement vouchers to Tesco in return for Days out Vouchers. You receive up to 4 times your statement vouchers making £2.50, £10 in vouchers to spend for your BIG Sheep admission.

Please allow a 10-15 days for vouchers to be returned in the post to you from Tesco Clubcard

For Full Information visit the Tesco Clubcard Days Out Website

0610-BS  Ref_150Annual Memberships give great Discounts for Locals or Regular Vistors:

Locals or regular visitors looking to see us often may like to take advantage of our Annual Memberships. Memberships cost £40 per person and provide unlimited access for 1 year. If you are visiting 3-4 times a year, an annual membership is the best value for money for locals or regular visitors.
We firmly believe that our locals can take advantage of visiting at least 10 times a year:

  • at least once for our Easter egg hunt (to pick up a free chocolate egg!)
  • once in may half term
  • at least once in the summer holidays
  • at least once in the Halloween October half term (pumpkin carving, haunted house)
  • at least one or two of our events
  • visits on all or some of our character day events
  • once during the Christmas school holidays
  • once during February half term holidays

Annual Members “Bring a Friend Rate”
Annual members get an extra perk of visiting with friends and family who receive a discounted rate of £8.95 each. Guests must all arrive together in order to receive this discounted rate.

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Supporting our british heroes, we offer 50% off general daytime entry to all British Military Forces personnel and their immediate family (wife/husband and children)

Please present ID forces card on arrival at reception to claim their discount.

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Large Groups enter the BIG Sheep at a dicounted rate of £7.95 each. Large groups must be booked in advance – telephone the BIG Sheep flock on 01237 472366 to book for your group discounted rate.

We hope our tips give you directions to the best priced BIG Sheep tickets from our partners.
Please call us on 01237 472366 for more information. We will be happy to give you tips on getting the best value for money for your BIG Sheep entry tickets.

Summers Events in Devon

Lucky Devonians and visitors to the county have a multitude of fantastic events to enjoy this Summer. Proving that Devon is a great county for any age to visit, there are days out and things to do in Devon for all the family. With fun children’s events, music festivals, fantastic family fireworks, cracking charity events, and fabulous food festivals, Mum, Dad, children and even Grandparents will make memories from this year’s summer event calendar.

RNLI Rescue Day RNLI Rescue Day - Ilfracombe

When: Sunday 16th August

Where: Ilfracombe

Enjoy a family day out at one of the largest emergency services display in the South West involving the RNLI, lifeguards, coastguard, police, fire and ambulance services, Exmoor search and Rescue and more. See displays of water and cliff rescue, see a ‘casualty’ cut out of a car, see a huge chip pan fire, meet the crews, clamber over emergency services vehicles and get up close to the kit… a full day of exhibitions, displays and family entertainment.

Full Details:  www.visitilfracombe.co.uk/what-is-on/ilfracombe-events/item/217-rescue-day-boathouse-bazaar

FlavourFestFlavourFest in Plymouth

When:  Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August

Where: Plymouth

Now it’s in 12th year, this annual festival for food lovers will have your mouths watering as you watch celebrity and local chef demonstrations, visit over 120 traders selling their local delights and you can even watch, or take

part in a the world potato peeling contest!

Full Details:  www.visitplymouth.co.uk/flavour-fest

British Fireworks ChampionshipsThe British Firework Championships Plymouth

When: Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th August

Where: Plymouth Hoe

The British Fireworks Championships will present you the BEST fireworks you’ve ever seen and is a great free family event

this summer. Guaranteed to be one of the best family evenings out in Devon, six firework companies will show off their favourite fireworks and hope to be crowned British champions! Reputations are on the line, and these companies will be competitive, spending thousands of pounds to impress judges with their biggest displays whilst impressing the crowds!

The Plymouth Hoe will be full of family fun in the build up to fireworks finale. Heart FM will entertain the whole family with live music plus there is a fun fair and thrill rides for little and big kids to enjoy.

Full Details: www.britishfireworks.co.uk/bang

BradFestBradFest in Westward Ho

When: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August

Where: The Fairway Buoy and The Waterfront Inn – Westward Ho!

Sun, Beer and Sound is promised at two of Westward Ho! family pubs and restaurants;  Fairway Buoy and Waterfront Inn.

Highlights include a Robbie Williams and Ollie Murs Tribute Night on Saturday Night whilst Sunday celebrates with local bands “The Garden Club,” “Head over Feet,” “The Rivals,” and “Morning Glory”

The Waterfront is home of “Nippers” – an indoor playground suitable for children under 12 making these events great fun filled family days out!

Full Details: www.facebook.com/thewaterfrontinn

Legendary SW Mini RunThe SW Mini Run - Legendary Grand Tour

When: Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August

Where: The BIG Sheep, Bideford and around North Devon from Westward Ho, and from Bideford

Celebrating 20 years of SW Mini Runs, this legendary grand tour of North Devon will see 120+ minis touring North Devon  coasts and raising money for local Children’s Hospice; Little Bridge House. See the minis set off on their journeys from Westward Ho on Sunday 30th August and from Bideford on Monday 31st August. Children and young families will love seeing the variety of colourful minis mostly all decorated for the occasion. Listen out for the customised car horns!

Full Details:  www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/the-legendary-north-devon-grand-tour-mini-run

Torrington Cavaliers Trumpton Charity BonfireTrumpton Fireworks in Torrington

When: Saturday 29th August

Where: Torrington

This bonfire will be the BIGGEST you and your family have ever seen! For the past 2 years, Torrington Cavaliers have been building and preparing for what is set to be an EPIC evening of family fun. Their huge, built to burn bonfire, has been made to perfection. Based on Trumptonshire, this quaint village comes complete with Pippin Fort, a clocktower, fire station and even has three shops; a bakery, sweet and fish shop. The evening will be a fantastic family spectacle for all ages and will give you a great “feel good factor” as the event is a non-profit charity event supporting Macmillan and The Plough along with other charities.

Full Details:  www.torrington-cavaliers.co.uk/bonfire-2015

Meet Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig visits The BIG Sheep

When: Sunday 30th or Monday 31st August

Where: The BIG Sheep, Bideford

Everyone’s favourite cheeky little piggy is back for her annual summer event to Devon. Watch your children’s faces light up as they meet their idol for pictures, high fives and cuddles.

The whole family will enjoy a fun filled day out of activities and summer fun with a full day out of rides, shows, animals and family fun.

Full Details: www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/see-peppa-pig

These are simply some of our favourite events across the county for all the family to enjoy. Visit our partner websites for more fantastic things to do in Devon and Devon event calendars:

www.visitdevon.co.uk/eventsVisit Devon

www.lotstodo.co.uk/events

www.northdevon.com/events

www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/whats-on

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR CHILDREN

Mother’s Day for me, always stirs up a mixture of emotions.  First there is the joy that I always experience because I am a mother of two very gorgeous sons. Then as I reflect back to my childhood I am usually overwhelmed with sadness and regret.   You see, my ‘mammy’ died when I was 20 so I never got the chance that so many of my friends did – the joy of getting to know her as a person and becoming friends with the woman who I rebelled against because she never understood me – you know all the stuff that comes with been a rebellious and ‘know it all’ young adult.  Over the years I have learnt from my older siblings and friends more about the woman I knew only as mammy!  By all accounts she was a wonderfully kind and caring women and I’m told I’m more like her then any of my brothers or sisters – so I’m happy with that!

Being a mum is not an easy task and we can only ever do the best we can.    I was great at all the practical aspects of motherhood, cooking, making sure our boys were clean, clothed, got to school on time etc.  But I struggled when it came to ‘play’.  On the occasion I had some spare money I would take them to one of Devon’s great attractions but I was always happy to sit back enjoy a coffee and watch them play instead of getting involved with them.

During the past seven years I’ve worked at The BIG Sheep, I still get a little envious when I watch mums enjoying themselves and having fun with their children when they come for a visit.  Ewetopia, our indoor adventure play area really lends itself to interactive fun.  Our selection of slides, imaginative soft play, climbing areas, tumble towers and mazes are perfect for mums to have fun and interact with their children.

I remember taking my children to the pantomime every Christmas and the best bits for me was watching the expressions on my children’s faces as they were transported into the story of Jack in the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Puss in Boots.  Those memories always flood back when I see the look of sheer joy on parent’s faces as they watch their children get excited when they turn up to our character days such as Peppa Pig and her little brother George the Pig, Gruffalo and Scooby Doo.    Their excitement also seemed to reach a crescendo when they visit our animal barn which full of lambs, chicks, puppies, bunny rabbits, ponies.  Bottle feeding the orphan lambs is something young children love and cameras are usually flashing non-stop as parents capture their children’s joy for posterity.  (that’s  another thing I missed out on instant access via phones and digital cameras to take as many photographs that people do not-a-days)

Fluffy bunnies, choccie eggs, bulbs bursting into colour and cute new born lambs are just some of the wonderful things for parents to enjoy with their children. Planning for this year’s Easter event is already well under way and thousands of chocolate eggs have been delivered.  (think I just might need to check one, just to be sure they are okay!)  As with previous years they will also be free Easter art and face painting, an Easter express train ride, and a chance to meet the Easter bunny. The Easter Bunny loves to have his picture taken with children and adults. – so don’t forget your camera.

One of the things I was quite strict about as a mum was meal times.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner were always served at the table with no TV playing in the background.   Breakfast was, and still, is the most important meal of the day for me.  I always made sure my boys enjoyed a good hearty meal to start their day before heading off to school.  Breakfast can be fun or fraught (especially with children who pick at their food).  If you would like to experience a magical and stress free breakfast with your little ones this Easter then I would recommend a big Sheep Easter Breakfast with the BIG Sheep’s Easter Bunny.  A GIANT Easter bunny will be making a special appearance at the BIG Sheep family attraction on Good Friday 3rd April to enjoy a very special holiday breakfast before taking children on a magical Easter egg hunt around the family attraction. The exclusive breakfasts which offer a hot choice of a full English breakfast or a cold choice which includes a selection of cereal, yoghurts, fruit, pastries and hot cross buns with tea and coffee for adults and milk and juice for children will spring into action from 8.30am and are open to anyone who would like to enjoy an extra special treat this Easter. After breakfast the Easter Bunny and Woolly, the BIG Sheep’s friendly character sheep, will take all the children on a magical Easter egg hunt around the attraction in search of LOTS of mini chocolate eggs and Bunny and Woolley will be giving out clues to any child who can’t find any eggs. At the end of the egg hunt every child will be given a large chocolate egg to take home.  I’d advise you to book soon if you’d like to join the breakfasts as spaces are limited to only 50!

You often heard it said, and believe me it is VERY true.  Enjoy your children in the here and now because the years will quickly pass and before you know it they will be young adults.  Have fun, play together, interact and might even discover your own childhood again.  Remember we are never too old to have fun

Spring into Spring this Half Term!

Young visitors with an orphan lamb

Young visitor  with an orphan lamb

It’s that time of year when most of us would happily trade our life with the life of a hedgehog so we could snuggle up peacefully inside a hedge, or in a pile of wood and hibernate until the cold weather ends.  If you’re like me, you will enjoy nothing more than snuggling under a duvet with a hot water bottle listening to the winds whistle outside and the rain beating against your window pane.

 

Much as I enjoy winter I absolutely ADORE Spring and believe me Spring is just around the corner…..here’s the evidence!

On Sunday I went to Cherubeer Gardens in Dolton, one of the National Garden Scheme gardens that open each year to raise money for various charities.  The garden was amass with 150 different variety of stunning snowdrops, with pockets of Cyclamen, hellebores, daffodils and primroses dotted around the superbly maintained garden.   Cherubeer is open again on Friday 20th February and I would highly recommend a visit if you get a chance.

On my way home to Torrington, I had another sign that Spring was on its way.  Just outside Beaford lambs frolicked happily in the fields dancing gaily with a real ‘spring’ in their step. I had to stop the car and take in this wonderful sight of innocent new born lambs hopping and skipping and embracing life to the full.  If you have never witnessed a lamb being born this is something else I would recommend.  The best place to see a lamb being born is The BIG Sheep family attraction in Bideford, this half term – Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd February.  Over seven years ago when I first started working at The BIG Sheep, I used to spend lots of time loitering by the Ewe’s maternity unit in the barn hoping that I might catch a glimpse of ewe giving birth.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw TWIN lambs being delivered by our resident farmer Matt – it really was amazing to watch these tiny bundles emerge from their mother.  Since that time I’ve seen lots of lambs being born and each one has been just as joyous as the first birth I watched.  February half term is always one of the best times to see lambs being born and our barn is already full of resident ewes waiting to give birth so you might just manage to witness the magic of some beautiful white woolly lambs enter the world!

Even if you don’t see a lamb being born during your visit to our award winning family attraction in North Devon you won’t be disappointed as there is so much to do and keep you entertained this half term.  Children and adults can enjoy some hilarious shows – watch sheep from around the world strut their stuff on stage to their own music, see how the farmer gives a sheep a haircut and samplesome award winning beer after the beer show.

New arrival at the BIG Sheep

New arrival

In readiness for Spring the BIG Sheep will have one last blast of winter fun and visitors can have a go at attempting to break the record for staying on top of our sensational snowboarding simulator and claw their way to the top of the Winter Challenge leader board.  For those not so keen on a challenge they simply pull on a pair of skates and glide around the ice skating rink showing off moves to family and friends or enjoy a ride on the winter toboggan ride.

With rides, shows and attractions there is always so much to do at The BIG Sheep at any time of year and this half term will be no exception.   As for me, I’m off to ‘spring’ into action with a few summersaults and star jumps on The BIG Sheep giant jumping pillow – it’s quite a workout, why not try it for yourself. historis

Mind, Body & Soul Festival The BIG Sheep

Mind, Body & Soul Festival
The BIG Sheep

New Year – New You!

The festive season is well and truly over but the aftermath of over indulgence is still clinging to my hips and tummy.  Still, the New Year is a time for new beginnings, new resolutions and a brand new me!  And I’ve already started working on my overhaul by swimming three mornings a week before setting off to work at The BIG Sheep.  As soon as I arrived at work this morning I realised just how lucky we are here in North Devon with the amount of top therapists and practitioners who are right on our doorstep ready to help anyone who wants to embark on a healthier and more fulfilled life.

Many of these wonderful therapists have already signed up to take part in the BIG Sheep’s inaugural Mind, Body & Soul Festival which takes place at our award winning family attraction on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April, right after The BIG Sheep’s annual Easter EggsTravangza – a time when we all enjoy massive overdoses of chocolate and then berate ourselves for tucking into too many of the Easter Bunny’s chocolate eggs.

So if like me you want to get yourself in shape to embrace a healthier lifestyle here are just a few of the things on offer at the Mind, Body and Soul Festival, right her in Bideford, North Devon.

If you are interested in finding out more about traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, which you can apply to your diet, acupuncture, Tai Chia or Qigong, an expert will be on-hand to shed some light on these fascinating topics.

Fancying having a go at craniosacral therapy?  This therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch while the person remains clothed.  The therapist uses their hands to ‘listen to’ your body with its areas of both health and impaired healthy so that your body will respond and find a way to heal itself wherever healing is needed.

If you want rid yourself of any emotional ‘baggage’ and learn to relax ‘transformational breathing’ offers improved breathing performance to help alleviate stress.

Some of us need a little extra help to makes the changes we want to in our life and we have a successful Life Coach at the festival help you overcome the things that may be holding you back from changing.  The Mind, Body and Soul Workout Guide is also a great workout to bring about change and Diana Brook from the Natural Health & Healing Company will be here to share her tips on her workout which is available in book form and by e-course.

Taster sessions in Usui Reiki, Karuna Reika, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming, Indian Head Massage will also be on offer.  For anyone who simply wants to be pampered there will be Swedish, Aromatherapy, Sports, Pregnancy, and Baby massage on offer.

If you ever wondered if you are allergic to something this will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy an on-site allergy test.

Personally, I’m looking forward to a bit of reflexology to help me conquer my dislike of anyone touching my feet.  I may however, need to have a session with the hypnotherapist first if things don’t go too well! Mediums, Clairvoyants, tarot readers will be available to help us plan our future or engage us with a loved one in spirit.

Whatever my future holds for 2015 I’m looking forward to it and starting the year on a very positive note!

To read more about The Mind, Body & Soul Festival click here

Anne Tat

 

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Things to do this Autumn in Devon

 

Go Bonkers for Conkers
One of the first signs of autumn is the abundance of conkers adorning the many beautiful horse chestnut trees across North Devon.  These wonderful trees can still evoke lovely childhood memories of my idyllic childhood playing conkers with my friends at school and feeling bereft when my conker was eventually split by my opponent, usually by a boy who had baked his or soaked it in vinegar to make it more robust.

Years later I shared those special memories with my own children and as soon as October arrived we would enjoy family days out searching for chestnuts.  Our favourite spot was usually the grave yard at Merton and my boys would squeal with delight each time they found a shiny conker on the ground below the massive chestnut trees tucked away in the corner of the grave yard.  If the weather was kind to us we would usually pack a picnic and stop at one of North Devon’s glorious beaches on the way homes to enjoy the late autumn sunshine and count our cherished chestnuts.

Health & Safety legislation now means that many schools have banned chestnut games from the playground and that’s a real shame because it is a wonderful innocent and carefree game!  Thankfully The BIG Sheep, family attraction in North Devon is determined to continue with this traditional children’s game so if you would like to take part see below for more details.

  • The BIG Sheep family attraction in Bideford will be holding a children’s conker competition for children aged 6 to 12 years at 1pm on Saturday 19th October (big kids can have a go but not compete).  Conkers will be provided and each child who takes part in this fun event will receive a certificate.

Have fun this autumn:

  • enjoy a blissful autumnal walk, crunching the leaves under your feet
  • Buy some local seasonal vegetables and cook a hearty and healthy soup
  • Tuck under the duvet with a good novel and hot water bottle
  • Get into your wetsuit and rides waves and reward yourself with a nice hot chocolate

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The BIG Sheep picks up a Silver Award at Tourism Oscars!

The BIG Sheep picks up a Silver Award at Tourism Oscars!Big_sheep_award

Staff at the BIG Sheep family attraction were celebrating their 25th anniversary in style last night after picking up a coveted Silver Award in The South West’s ‘Tourism Oscars’.

Rick Turner, director of the flock at the BIG Sheep, was thrilled when the park was voted the South West’s second best large attraction and attributes the award to success to his team.  ‘We were only just getting used to winning the top attraction in Devon earlier this year and are delighted we are once again winners. This prestigious award is testament to the enthusiasm and hard work of all our staff who are committed to giving every one of our visitors a top day out.  To be recognised as one of the best attractions in the South West is a huge accolade and we will continue to invest in our attractions and staff to ensure we continually improve and deliver a great experience for locals and visitors to The BIG Sheep.’

It was a great evening all round for North Devon and Rick was quick to congratulate The Calvert Trust Exmoor on their Gold Achievement and Westward Living in Devon for picking up another Silver and a Gold for team member Matt Cruce for outstanding customer service and said, ‘It was just fantastic to see so many awards presented to our little corner in North Devon.  I’ve always admired the work the Calvert Trust do – they were well deserved winners.  It is also great to see Cathy Murdoch and her team being recognised for the top quality accommodation and experience they offer visitors to Westward Ho!  They have worked so hard over the years and it great to see them reap the rewards.’

The BIG Sheep will not go on to represent the region at the national VisitEngland Awards in Cheltenham in May and Rick is hoping to bring another award back to North Devon.

 

Join the BIG Sheep’s Junior Board of Directors

Join the BIG Sheep’s

Junior Board of Directors and help shape the future of

Devon’s Top Attraction

When the BIG Sheep were presented with a Gold Tourism Award for being Devon’s number one family attraction, judge’s said they were impressed by how much customer feedback influenced the way the BIG Sheep operated.  Rob Baldry, Director of Flexis Hospitality Solutions Ltd who was on the mystery shopping panel said, ‘It was quite evident that this attraction did all they possibly could to elicit customer feedback and it was refreshing to see how they acted on the feedback as a means of improving what they delivered to visitors to their attraction.’

Rick Turner, director of the flock, is passionate about constantly improving what the BIG Sheep offer visitors and believes customer feedback is vital to the success of the business.  Rick has now come up with a novel way of getting younger customers to tell the BIG Sheep how they can lead the way as Devon’s official number one attraction and says, ‘Our core market is children aged between 5 and 12 years and because we want to hear directly from them we are setting up a ‘Junior Board of Directors’ for our youngsters to share their ideas on how we can stay one step ahead of our competitors.

There will be place on the BIG Sheep’s Junior Board for 15 young people aged between 5 and 12 years and successful candidates will be expected to attend four quarterly Board meetings per annum and attend selected events throughout the year.  In return for their service, each Board member will be entitled to unlimited access to the park for themselves and a nominated adult.

The first task for the Board Members will be to attend a special birthday bash on Friday 21st February between 10am and 12 noon to help create the Biggest and Best Birthday Bash in North Devon.  ADSC_0066fter tucking into great food and enjoying a fun filled morning at the Park, their first job will be to share their ideas on how to make the parties even better.

To secure a place on the Board, you will needs to email nicola@thebigsheep.co.uk telling Nic why you think you would make a great Junior Board Member and tell her if you have any special skills or ideas that you can bring to the Board.

Children who are chosen to join the Board will be notified by email and must be accompanied by an adult for their first task at the birthday bash from 10am to 12 noon on Friday 21st February.

 

The BIG Sheep is on the lookout for Stars!

The BIG Sheep is on the lookout for Stars!

Have you ever fancied a fun job working in Devon’s top attraction? – well now is your chance!  The BIG Sheep, who were voted this year’s ‘Top Attraction of the Year’ in Devon, is holding two Open Days from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February in a bid to find top people to join their flock!

Both Open Days will be an informal opportunity for those seeking seasonal employment to meet some of the BIG Sheep team who will be on hand to give guided tours of the park and  see the various departments we are recruiting for.  Some of the jobs include: operating rides, café and restaurant, cleaning and reception duties and we need happy, smiley people who are passionate about customer service.  All our new recruits receive training during their time with us and we love developing talent.  Application forms will be available to complete on the day and if you like us and we like you then we will invite you back for a formal interview.

‘Awesome, Cool, Brilliant,’ are just some of the comments our visitors use to describe the BIG Sheep, so if EWE think you have what it takes to join the Flock, then we look forward to welcoming you on the 1st or 2nd February – no need to bring anything but yourself!

If you have any questions prior to the day please contact Anne Tattersall, Head of Happiness on 0797 1696192