Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Overview: 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a family-owned zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres set in North Somerset countryside located just 6 miles to the south of Bristol. They have a large animal collection of over one hundred species which includes African elephants, giraffes, lions, a tiger, rhinos and bears. It is a full on family day out whatever the weather.  Over the summer they have several events to add to the fun of your day out.  

They have fully embraced disability and additional needs, and worked on a project called Ark For All, which has involved building a changing places toilet opened along with accessible play equipment and accessible signs.

Review by Vic and Vicky G: 

We visited during half term, and even though it was a rainy day it was still pretty busy.  When you first arrive there is a really clear map which gives details of all the places to visit within the site. However, our son definitely has radar senses towards the enclosed soft play/adventure area which has several slides, ball pits and ride on tractors. 

They do have an under 5 section for the younger children.  What I will say is there are several ways you can get in and out, so bear this in mind.  Also, it was really noisy and very much a sensory overload.  Unfortunately I hadn’t brought our son’s ear defenders, and I wish I had!  There are toilets and a small coffee/snack hut within this section which is convenient.  

So what about the rest of the site?  Well there is masses to explore from elephants, to lions, bears, giraffes and smaller reptiles.  What we particularly liked were the very clear visual boards displaying information about the animals. 

These are accessible for younger children but also hugely supports those with additional needs.  It was great to see these, as it helped to engage our son whilst I was able to read the more detailed information boards. 

There are great facilities through the venue such as changing places toilets,  mini snack/coffee stations and lots of places to have a picnic, including an enclosed covered area. If the weather had been better we would have definitely been able to stay much longer as there was a great outdoor adventure play area with zip wire and lots of things to climb and balance on. They have really thought about families within their venue from scattered facilities to the enclosed sheltered area for picnics.  

Overall, it was a great day out (despite the wet weather), and we would highly recommend it for a family day trip out. 

Updated details: 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm have become a partner of Hard Days Out since November 2019.  Part of this involves spending time updating the details about their venue. 

Over the last few months Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm have made some adjustments to their accessibility programme which have included: 

*Ark For All Map: a new accessibility map with suggested routes to explore. (https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/images.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/docs/Ark%20for%20All%20Map.pdf)

*Work experience volunteers: working with people with disabilities within the local community. 

*16 new animal signs: these are all visual and with large print. 

*Christmas trail Big Visual Boards (autism friendly signs)

*BSL course: member of the team have attended. 

Also, in November 2019 the team at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm were awarded 3 Silver awards in the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism awards!
🥈Accessible and inclusive tourism

🥈Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism
🥈Large visitor attraction