About 39 minutes from park
Tapnell Farm House, Newport Road, Yarmouth PO41 0YJVisit Website
Set yourself up for an educational yet incredibly fun day out on the Isle of Wight when you make a beeline for Tapnell Farm. The working dairy farm is one of the newest attractions on the island and you’ll find it just 10 minutes from Yarmouth or 20 minutes from Newport by car. Tapnell Farm is located near Afton Down, the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival where Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Leonard Cohen performed to a crowd of nearly 600,000 people!
There’s so much to see and do at this all-weather, family-friendly venue! Begin your visit at the Tapnell Farm Park where you can get up close and personal with animals. In addition to meeting traditional farmyard residents, the park is also home to wallabies, meerkats and alpacas. Kids and adults can enjoy a hands-on experience with all of them and have a lesson in animal care from one of the park’s friendly keepers. Elsewhere at Tapnell Farm, you’ll find a soft play barn for little ones, in addition to the Straw Bale Adventure Barn where older kids can scramble over straw mountains, race each other on a go kart track or whizz down the longest zipwire on the Isle of Wight. A brand-new attraction has also opened at Tapnell Farm – an amazing Aqua Park obstacle course on a nearby lake! If you get hungry during your visit, book a table at Tapnell Farm restaurant Cow Co to sample delicious home-cooked dishes. The eatery is situated in an atmospheric barn and has a wide menu, including plenty to please vegetarians and vegans.
It couldn’t be easier to reach Tapnell Farm by car or bus from Newport. If you’re driving yourself, take the B3323 out of the town towards Carisbrooke and join the B3401/Newport Road. Continue for approximately 6 miles (the road will merge into the B3999). Before you reach Afton, you should spot signs for Tapnell Farm on your righthand side. If you’re using public transport, note that you can only catch a bus to Tapnell Farm during the summer school holidays. You’ll want to take the route 27 bus from Newport to Yarmouth which stops off at the farm on request.
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