Blossoming flowers, baby bunnies, newborn lambs and fresh seasonal veg; spring is one of the best times of year to get down on the farm and see nature at its finest.
So, don your wellies, pack a waterproof and find out why these 20 farm parks are putting new life into family days out.
Nestled in the market town of Buckfastleigh, Pennywell farm is a delightful day out for all the family. Activities include enjoying a cuddle with the world-famous Pennywell miniature pig, egg collecting, pond dipping, treasure hunts and tractor rides.
British weather can be somewhat unpredictable but, come rain or shine, the fun doesn’t stop at Odds Farm Park. There’s a fantastic indoor soft play area, tearoom and gift shop. Outdoors, you can feed the goats and sheep, watch the cows being milked and much, much more.
Join Bocketts Farm for their Easter Extravaganza on 25 March – 10 April and you’ll be in for a tractor-tastic time. The farm has special events throughout the year as well as pony rides, animal handling and pig racing. The go-karting track and huge play areas will keep children entertained for hours.
When farmer and lambing expert Adam Henson isn’t busy taking care of the farm, you’ll find him presenting BBC’s Countryfile and Lambing Live. This farm park is the first of its kind in the world and one of the best. Daily activities include handling chicks and rabbits, bottle-feeding the lamb and goat kids, and boarding a tractor on a ‘farm safari’.
This award-winning farm is home to a range of cute farmyard animals and rare breeds. There are cheeky pygmy goats, pretty Shetland ponies, adorable alpacas and more. To top it all off, there are indoor and outdoor play areas, and a fabulous farm shop full of tempting produce to take home.
You don’t have to be in countryside to enjoy life on the farm, as Georgie City Farm proves. The farm has close links to the community and hosts regular events throughout the year. Don’t miss the seed swap on 12 March where you can learn some green-fingered knowhow. And on 26 – 27 March, there’ll be egg painting and a treasure hunt.
If you’ve got excitable kids with lots of energy to burn, a visit to Fishers Farm Park is a must-do. Highlights include the Adventure Golf course, a ride on the Fishers Express Train, animal encounters at the barn and the huge indoor play zone.
From getting up close and personal with the cute guinea pigs to grooming the ponies, children will be in their element. Grown-ups can enjoy a bit of retail therapy in the shop or sit back with a freshly brewed cup of tea and gaze out over the rolling countryside.
There’s a lot to see and do at this family-friendly farm, indoors and out. Have a go at the Giant’s Rock climbing wall, bottle-feed lambs and goats or hop in a tractor trailer and enjoy the ride. The farm is gearing up for its Easter Bunny Bonanza on 25 March – 10 April and it looks like it’s going to be egg-cellent!
Forget the Grand National – the Lamb National is where it’s at. Races are held regularly during the summer months so why not hop to it and see if you can pick the winner? Talking of hopping, children will love handling the fluffy rabbits and guinea pigs who’re very friendly and love to be stroked.
Expect a warm ‘croeso’ or ‘welcome’ when you visit this magical woodland in North Wales. Children can join the Fairy Hunt before boarding the Gypsy Wood Express to go and meet the queen of the fairies herself! Other fun attractions include admiring the farmyard animals and making music at the magical treehouse.
Whatever your age, there’s something for everyone at Bucklebury Farm Park. If you fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls, pick up some tips at the bushcraft area, from building dens to fire-lighting. Or hop aboard a tractor and admire the majestic deer on a deer safari.
This award-winning animal petting farm isn’t just about cute and cuddly critters. There are lots of exciting events all-year-round such as Punch and Judy shows, sheep shearing demonstrations and a teddy bear’s picnic. And if that wasn’t all, there’s a fairground too, complete with roller coasters.
If a Captain America or Batman outfit is a staple of your child’s wardrobe, then take them along to the Superhero Weekend at Finkley Down Farm on 18 – 19 June. They’ll be a Superhero Laser Quest as well as pony racing, animal handling, indoor play and other regular fixtures.
This friendly farm in Merseyside is perfect for family days out. Feed and pet the animals, including goats, pigs and cows, before exploring the wonderful woodland. And if your kids want to take to the saddle, there’s horse riding available too.
If you’re a sucker for baby farmyard animals, then visit the New Arrivals Lounge at Godstone Farm where you can take a peek at piglets, ducklings, lambs and more new additions. Other attractions include the Dino Trail, Playbarn and gift shop.
Specialising in hands-on experiences for all the family, Stockley Farm gives its visitors the opportunity to groom the ponies, cuddle the rabbits and guinea pigs at Pet’s Corner and bottle-feed the baby goats. There are birds of prey displays too so pack a picnic and head to Stockley Farm for a fun-filled day out.
As the only coastal farm park on our list, this one’s a bit special. If you can draw your gaze away from the stunning scenery, you’ll get to spend some time with llamas, wallabies, seals and the magnificent bottle-nosed dolphin. Be sure to take a camera as this is an experience that you won’t want to forget.
From chugging past swathes of bushes and herds of sheep on the train to bouncing up and down on the trampolines, kids will love Almond Valley. And if you’ve got any budding archaeologists in your midst, head to the Stones and Bones tent where they can unearth skeletons and secrets in the sand.
If you like the idea of making a plump strawberry tart with fruit you’ve picked yourself, grab a basket from the wooden hut and get picking! When you’ve got your fill, it’s time for more family fun at the meadow maze, mini diggers and farm animal paddocks.
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