Is the dawning of a new season making you feel a bit of a spring chicken? Gather the troops and get back to nature by visiting one of these farm parks that are suitable for kids young and old.
This gorgeous family-run attraction near Ledbury has been keeping visitors entertained since the 1960s. Families, groups and little ones can have fun enjoying time in the play area, petting the animals, taking a ride on a bumpy tractor and even a pony. The daily timetable of activities includes egg collecting, hands on pet time, pig and llama feeding and more.
Children – £6.50, adults – £7.50
With play areas, a maze, wildlife walks, a farm safari, an adventure barn, an animal barn and MORE on offer, the Cotswold Farm Park near Cheltenham really does have something for everyone. There’s even a Farm Park Shop and kitchen for those feeling peckish, with a daily menu of delicious homemade food.
From animal bottle feeding to learning about growing crops in the beautiful British countryside, families and children can easily while a way a whole day here.
Babies – free, toddlers – £8.50, children aged 4-15 – £12.50, adults – £14
Though London feels an unsuspecting place to have a farm, the city is full of these gorgeous mini countryside oases and the Hackney City Farm is one of our favourites. For over 20 years, they’ve offered the local community the opportunity to experience farming, which is no mean feat considering the hustle and bustle of central London is but minutes away. Get up close to a range of farmyard animals, see, smell and plant vegetables and learn skills about how to live a healthier, happier life. Entry is free!
This is another slice of country life in central London thanks to Vauxhall’s City Farm. Though relatively small, the farm cares for lots of different animals who love meeting families and children. From Barney the goat to Edward the pig, Charlie the chicken to Waffle the duck, there are loads of animals for little ones to meet, greet, pet and feed. A range of riding lessons are also available to book whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, experienced or disabled rider. Entry is free and donations are welcome.
This city farm in Bristol is open all year round and encourages people in the local community to grow vegetables, learn about the outdoors and look after animals. It’s a lovely urban countryside sanctuary and right now St Werburghs is crowdfunding to raise £20,000 by the end of March to help keep their farm open and to feed their animals over the next year. If you have any spare change, feel free to donate to their campaign. Entry to the farm itself is free.
From donkeys to alpacas, chicks to pygmy goats, come and join in with the farmyard fun at Longdown in Southampton. Children can bottle-feed kid goats and calves, enjoy tractor and trailer rides and have loads of fun in the soft play area and trampoline barn. There’s also a sand pit and infant’s playroom for little ones.
Under 3s – free, child (3-14 years) – £8.50, adult – £9.50, Senior – £8