About

Sheep Racing | The BIG Sheep

Our History

The BIG Sheep has a long history of creating fun days out. Having been around for over 30 years we know what makes a family smile!

Founded by Rick Turner in 1988, The BIG Sheep was once just a working farm in the North Devon countryside, run by six generations of the Turner family. When local farming started to diversify Rick and his family decided to welcome other families in to see the animals, experience feeding times and to see the workings of a day to day farm.

As the years went on The BIG Sheep developed its offering to include the largest rollercoaster in Devon, many live shows including our world-famous sheep racing, and our newest attraction the gin distillery. As it continues to grow more and more visitors come to The BIG Sheep year after year!

Although we’re now much bigger, Rick is still head of the flock and his passion for farming and The BIG Sheep is still as strong today as it was back in 1988.

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Our Values

We’re a family. The BIG Sheep wouldn’t be what it is today without its staff and its visitors. We aim to make every visitor feel like a part of our family and so a visit to us is met with a warm smile, welcoming wave and a big hello! Our team, or Flock as we’re more passionately known, are here to help and to ensure all our visitors enjoy a great experience – we love our jobs, we love our animals and we love our park! Want to meet the Flock?

Our Location

Based in Bideford, North Devon, we are surrounded by stunning countryside, beaches and have a charming town on our doorstep. Our guide to Devon will give you everything you need to know about our beautiful county.

As a local business we want to ensure we support the local community as much as they support us. Last year we helped raise over £33,400 for local charities and our flock gave their time where they could to volunteer for several causes. To read more about what we’re doing for the community visit our Environment and Community page.

Recruitment

We’re always looking to meet talented people in the local area who are interested in joining our flock. If you think you have what it takes no matter whether you want to work with the animals, welcome our visitors or work with our office team visit our Recruitment page for more information on how to apply.

Dogs on site

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.