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Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary (3 miles)
Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary
Open facility working to rescue vulnerable equines, giving them rehabilitation and treatment. A valuable opportunity for the kids to learn about responsibility toward animals.
Smithills Open Farm (10 miles)
Smithills Open Farm
25 varieties of animal and you can get up close to them because they are all "nice and well behaved". You can even feed them, and hold them, if you wish.
Animal Quackers Park Farm (11 miles)
Animal Quackers Park Farm
A family run business aiming to bring your family the fun and enjoyment of animals: hugging, feeding and interacting with all of the residents of the farm. Plus play area and pony walks.
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park (18 miles)
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park
Animal encounters, glorious countryside and take part in a range of seasonal hands-on activities and demonstrations. Climb aboard the 4WD Farm Safari ride, hitch a ride in a giant caterpillar and let the kids loose in the Play Barn. Toddler sessions available.
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm (18 miles)
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm
is a children’s petting farm where children can meet, touch and feed the animals. We have a range of animals from horses and sheep to rabbits, chipmunks and many more. Play areas with swings, slides and children’s rides are dotted along a scenic nature walk.
Old Holly Farm (18 miles)
Old Holly Farm
is a working dairy farm, just 5 minutes south of the M6 junction 33, with an indoor Playbarn, Animals, Cafe, Farm Shop, Coolcow Ice cream (made on site) and more. We’re open 9am to 5pm all year round, plus entry to the open farm is free!
Windmill Animal Farm (19 miles)
Windmill Animal Farm
offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals + lots of play areas and miniature railway.
Acorn Farm (24 miles)
is a farm attraction with lots of animals to see and feed.
Wythenshawe Park Farm (25 miles)
Wythenshawe Park Farm
The Farm offers an exciting opportunity for children to learn about where food comes from and witness the hustle and bustle and all the elements of a working countryside farm within an urban setting. There is a play park and lots of other facilities as well.
Farmer Parrs Animal World (25 miles)
Farmer Parrs Animal World
If ewe like animals ewe'll love Farmer Parrs! A large collection of farm and rare breed animals as well as a large museum, pottery, animal shows, pony rides and tractor rides: all included in our daily activities, plus play area, shop and cafe. New Picnic Barn too with Bouncy Castle and Ball Pit!
Farmer Teds Farm Park (25 miles)
Farmer Teds Farm Park
Large farm geared around children with loads of lovely animals to meet, tractor rides, demonstrations, huge indoor and outdoor adventure areas, pedal go karts, sandpit, climbing frames, and much more! Fun whatever the weather.
Hesketh Farm Park (28 miles)
Hesketh Farm Park
A welcoming kids' farm where seasonally one can join in with bottle feeding, egg collecting, pig brushing and cavvie fussing, plus the adventure playground, tractor trailer ride and pedal go kart track! Loads!
Rice Lane City Farm (29 miles)
Rice Lane City Farm
Boasts 224 acres of countryside and a wide variety of rare breed farm animals. Guests can also take part in guided walks and talks. Animal husbandary and horticulture training available for young people, plus adults and people with learning difficulties.
Stockley Farm (30 miles)
Hop on the tractor and trailer down to the farm for some hands on fun! Visit the baby animals plus join in at bottle feed time to give them a bottle of milk! You can also watch the cows being milked and see the bird of prey displays held on selected days. There are fabulous Indoor and outdoor play areas and...
Greenlands Farm Village (30 miles)
Greenlands Farm Village
Pet storybook farm animals, ride a Donkey, pedal a mini tractor, lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We have a soft play centre for toddlers to 12 year olds to enjoy too!
Charlottes (33 miles)
Farm and ice-cream parlour with giant inflatable slide, tractor rides, crazy golf, adventure playground, happy animals and animal trailer ride. Free entry, pay and play for whatever you want to try, so potentially a cracking cheapy!
Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm (35 miles)
Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm
Home to a variety of farm animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and geese. Historic cottage and free urban farm.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (37 miles)
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
is a city farm near Leeds city centre with farm animals, farm shop, cafe and a play area. There are gardens, wildlife habitats, woodland walks and a bird hide.
Cannon Hall Farm (38 miles)
Cannon Hall Farm
Family run farm attraction featuring hundreds of animals with lots of babies always on show. Spectacular new adventure playground opening Easter 2011. Farm Shop selling home produced beef, pork and lamb. Toy and gift shop. Don't miss our famous home made pies in the delicatessen and restaurant.
Nidderdale Llamas (38 miles)
A Llama Trekking Centre based in the beautiful Dales. Enjoy a Llama Farm Experience or go Llama Trekking! You don't ride llamas, but they are fantastic walking companion and entertain you with their hilarious personalities! They are very friendly and love to meet people! Birthday parties a speciality!...
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park (38 miles)
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park
Plenty to do on this Childrens Farm with large and small Maize Mazes in the summer months plus the working farm with animals to see and to feed and plenty of other activities and fun inside and out.
Swithens Farm and Play Barn (40 miles)
Swithens Farm and Play Barn
Visit and feed the happy beasties on the Open Farm, play on the cool stuff in the play barn, bottle feed the spring lambs and milk a wooden cow! Lots to do and see, great for young kids' fun in Leeds!
Wheelock Hall Petting Farm (43 miles)
Wheelock Hall Petting Farm
Wide variety of farm animals to pet, feed and observe; plus full size and play pedal tractors, indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
Wigfield Farm (43 miles)
is a working farm with lots of animals to see and feed. There are meerkats, donkeys, goats, cows, owls, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodent room and an aquatics room. We have an outside play area, a cafe and gift shop.
Greenacres Animal Park (45 miles)
Greenacres Animal Park
Features include lots of farm and zoo animals to see, together with rides, amusements and more. Nestling among the more unusual farmyard inhabitants are Squirrel Monkeys, Lemurs, Llamas, Ostriches, Wallabies, Polecats and Chipmunks!
Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground (50 miles)
Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground
The famous garden contains spectacular waterworks, picnic and play areas. The farmyard and adventure playground welcomes young visitors and families and has special activities throughout the season.
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm (51 miles)
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm
When you visit the farm, one of our friendly guides will show you around the farm so that you can bottle feed lambs and piglets, bath a pig, hold small animals, feed the cows and sheep and talk to the donkey (if Charlie the pony doesn't object).
Aston Springs Farm (54 miles)
Aston Springs Farm
is a farm which includes a farm trail with animals such as pigs, goats, deer, alpacas and donkeys. A farm shop sells produce reared on the farm and a family restaurant serves it too.
Matlock Farm Park (55 miles)
Matlock Farm Park
is set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a varied selection of animals to see plus new mascot Mr Doodle Doo to meet! Kids will also enjoy the adventure playground and the go kart track!
Hackney City Farm (56 miles)
Hackney City Farm
boasts a wide variety of animals on the farm including pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Free to all.
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre (58 miles)
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre
With loads of friendly animals, a traditional Adventure Playground and separate Play Area for smaller kids, a Farm Pedal Car Arena, scenic way marked Nature Trail and tea rooms, this is a life saver if you're passing on a long journey!
Bowland Wild Boar Park (11 miles)
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Enjoy a picnic and take a ramble in beautiful wooded countryside, view Wild Boar, Longhorn cows and deer in scenic Ribble Valley Park. Fun includes kids' tractor play area.
Turbary Woods (11 miles)
Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. Daily demonstrations.
Blackpool Zoo (23 miles)
with over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more, including 32 convincing dinosaurs in the superb prehistoric gardens! Plus new indoor play! Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre (25 miles)
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, turtles, rays and sea horses, this is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet! New Stingray Adventure too!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach (24 miles)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
There's something for everyone at Pleasure Beach with over 125 breathtaking rides, attractions and shows including the spectacular Hot Ice Show. Top thrill rides include the Big One, the UK's tallest fastest rollercoaster. Nickenodeon Land with amazing rides and attractions for all ages including...
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum (7 miles)
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Discover how raw wool and cotton were traditionally transformed into cloth, learn Lancashire's part in the Industrial Revolution, and see the giant waterwheel work!
Clitheroe Castle Museum (9 miles)
Clitheroe Castle Museum
New look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of local history, heritage and geology. Features for younger children.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery (10 miles)
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
We're a family friendly museum and art gallery in the heart of Preston city centre. Visit our museum because we know how to make history and art fun! We've got a programme of regular hands-on workshops for families as well as permanent activities whatever time of day you arrive.
Towneley Hall Museum (10 miles)
Towneley Hall Museum
A range of indoor artistic exhibitions set within a large park which also offers play areas, golf courses and sculpture trails. Take a picnic!
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum (11 miles)
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Visit the last surviving and operational steam powered weaving mill in the world! A number of collections, displays and demonstrations. Mill lodge area, stables and Victorian offices to explore too.
The Fusilier Museum (13 miles)
The Fusilier Museum
Home to the collection of the XX Lancashire and Royal Regiment Fusiliers, commemorating in total over 300 years of history and heritage.
Portland Basin Museum (24 miles)
Portland Basin Museum
Housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse this family friendly museum combines a lively modern interior with a peaceful canal side setting.
Dinosaur World Blackpool (24 miles)
Dinosaur World Blackpool
is the biggest, most interactive family dinosaur experience in the North of England. A world of dinosaur discoveries awaits!
Lancaster City Museum (25 miles)
Lancaster City Museum
A quirky little museum that shows you how Lancaster has developed over the years. With a great range of exhibits and displays. Informative and fun. Free to visit.
Lancaster Maritime Museum (25 miles)
Lancaster Maritime Museum
The museum covers the maritime trade of Lancaster using sound, smells, reconstructions and audiovisuals. Features include four restored local fishing vessels, and an aquarium.
Fleetwood Museum (25 miles)
A lovely little museum that lets you explore the history and rich heritage of Fleetwood from its origins in the 19th Century. Interactive exhibitions plus a quiz to complete.
Waves Water Fun Centre (1 miles)
Waves Water Fun Centre
If you are looking for family days out in Lancashire, Waves features include Regency gym, a lagoon shaped pool, Alien Encounter space bowl slide, children's shipwrecked slide, jacuzzi and a wave machine!
Splash at Riverside (2 miles)
Splash at Riverside
No special play features beyond the standard pools BUT they are chlorine free pools which is a big plus for children with asthma or delicate eyes!
Pendle Wavelengths Swimming Pool (12 miles)
Pendle Wavelengths Swimming Pool
has a fun wave machine and immense water slide plus beach entry shallows for the smalls and room to swim too! One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Lancashire with kids.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Childrens Farms near Blackburn with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Lancashire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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