Diane and Richard Waller, from Leslie Road, Rayleigh, were completely unaware of the controversial policy despite checking details on the farm’s website. Mrs Waller, 61, wanted to take her husband, who is battling prostate cancer, to see the animals on Sunday as a therapeutic activity after a tough week.
She said: “It should be made so you cannot miss it.
“We were completely unaware of the policy until we were told by the staff at the door and we were really hurt - it ruined our day.
“We thought Marsh Farm would be good because you can just interact with the animals and don’t have to speak to anybody.
“There is nowhere else to do that at this time of year. I think if you’re taking your children somewhere as a parent, you keep an eye on them and you are responsible for safeguarding them - there is no need for Marsh Farm to penalise people without children.
“No other attraction has that kind of policy.”...why, did't you know it takes a village (of suspicious witch-hunters) to raise a child?