7 fun filled farm parks in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 09:27 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 October 2015
They say never work with animals and children, but these magnificent seven farms are a great day out for the family
This large, family-run farm attraction is a real world of animal magic. Set in Cawthorne, near Barnsley, it’s home to highland cattle, llamas, donkeys, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, goats, piglets and even the occasional wallaby.
But that’s not all. Cannon Hall also has a well-stocked farm shop offering local produce and fine foods from around the world, one of the biggest and best-equipped playgrounds in the north and – drum roll please – the largest tube maze in Europe.
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT; 01226 790427; cannonhallfarm.co.uk
Thornton Hall Farm
Hitch a ride on a 4x4, let the kids loose in Wizzick Play Barn, get lost in a giant straw maze, collect some eggs or go on an animal-petting spree – all farm life is right here.
Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton, BD23 3TJ; 01282 841148; thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk.
Heeley City Farm
Did you know there was a farm at the heart of Sheffield? Well, now you do. This relaxing slice of country life, complete with playground and café, is an eco-friendly community project founded in 1981.
Richards Road, Heeley, Sheffield, S2 3DT; 0114 258 0482; heeleyfarm.org.uk
Big Sheep Little Cow
This small dairy unit gives visitors the chance to feed lambs and calves (including Dexters, Britain’s smallest breed), inspect sheep, cuddle goats, ride ponies and, if the whim takes you, bathe a pig.
Aiskew Watermill, Aiskew, Bedale, DL8 1AW; 01677 422125; farmattraction.co.uk
Playdale Farm Park
With a huge indoor play area, a ball pool, tractor zone and adventure trail (as well as animals of course), this coastal farm is packed with things to do whatever the weather.
Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3TL; 01723 586351; playdalefarmpark.co.uk
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
From humble beginnings as a registered charity established in 1980 to provide a rural outlet for the inner city, this is now a 24-acre working farm and visitor centre popular with families from around the county.
Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, LS7 2QG; 0113 262 9759; mvuf.org.uk
Hesketh Farm Park
Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and run by a fourth generation farming family, this idyllic ten acre site is home to more than 1,000 livestock and has a large play barn for wet weather days.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6HA; 01756 710444; heskethfarmpark.co.uk