Folly Farm near Tenby, today one of the most widely visited attractions in Wales, is owned and run by the Williams and Ebsworth families, and actually started life as a meek and unassuming dairy farm. In 1988, after spotting passers-by stopping to admire and pet their cattle, the Folly Farm founders saw the opportunity to expand and spread their wings, and so 'Folly Farm' was born - the owners opened their gates to allow the public to view the cattle and to see them being milked.
Safe to say, Folly Farm has expanded and improved greatly since it was founded, and now over 400,000 people come each year to visit its exciting and interesting attractions and animals, ranging from exotic creatures to old-school funfair rides. No matter your interests or preferences, Folly Farm has something to offer every member of the family.
The farms incredible progress can be tracked all the way from its founding -
1989 - Introduction of outdoor adventure playgrounds.
1991 - Large extension to Jolly Barn area with more animals and more hands-on activities.
1992 - Go-Karts are added to the parks list of attractions.
1995 - Folly Farm wins Schroeders Best Large Tourist Attraction award.
1996 - First Funfair ride installed.
2002 - First zoo animals arrive.
2005 - Folly Farm wins the Wales Tourist Board's 'Best Day Out in Wales' award!
2009 - Folly Farm welcomes the only giraffe in Wales, and wins 'Premier Family Day Out' at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards.
2011 - The creation of Folly interactive, an education-based exhibit for children.
2013 - Folly Farm celebrates its 25th by opening a state-of-the-art penguin enclosure, with 24 endangered Humboldt Penguins.
Folly Farm is open from 10am-5pm, and tickets cost £9.75 for adults and £8.75 for children.