Sweet Treat: 10 Ice Cream Farms to visit near you
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It’s the ultimate summer indulgence, but rather than heading for your local ice cream van, why not plan a visit to a UK ice cream farm near you? See the cows who provide the milk, find out just how it’s made and then face the super tough decision on which flavour to choose! With loads more to see and do, including seeing animals, outdoor play areas and even themed go kart tracks too, visiting an ice cream farm is the perfect family day out this summer.
We’ve got the scoop on the best ice cream farm near you:
The Ice Cream Farm, CheshireIf you’re looking for the ultimate ice cream themed day out, then look no further than The Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire in the North West. Home to the ‘World’s Largest Purpose Built Ice Cream Parlour’, it’s not only bursting with award-winning flavours made on site, but also a range of themed activities to turn a tasty treat into an action-packed day out.
The farm is FREE for the whole family, including Daisy’s Garden, the parlour and the farmyard animals, but with a range of low-cost activities to try you can mix and match to find all the perfect ingredients for your visit. Head to Honeycomb Canyon, Europe’s largest indoor sand and water play area, practice your putting on the Strawberry Falls adventure golf course or race to the finish at Silvercone - the themed go kart track!
Three flavours to try: Rhubarb & custard, jelly bear or chocolate ripple cookie dough
Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream Cafe, DroitwichFamily comes first at Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream Cafe, with the farm having been in the family for over 100 years. Fast-forward to today and this tasty treat is a local favourite for the DOWTK team! Home to an outdoor play area and an indoor play barn with activities for the kids, the ice cream is the star of the show with more than 36 flavours in stock at any one time. With classic combinations and some more unusual flavours too, the staff are more than happy to let you sample as many as you like before taking the plunge. If you’re visiting in a big group, or for a special occasion, be sure to book a farm tour too, giving you the chance to see the cows and find out just how the ice cream is made!
Three flavours to try: Jaffa cake, rocky road or the award-winning summer strawberry
Bluebell Dairy, DerbyWith a host of awards under its belt, Bluebell Dairy is a fab ice cream farm that’s a real Derbyshire gem. All 25 flavours are made using fresh milk and cream from the cows living on the farm, then lovingly made in small batches for a more intense flavour - yum! For a full family day out, this ice cream farm is also home to Bluebells Play Park, filled with fun including climbing frames, swings, a sandpit and a toddler tractors course! At the Animal Patch, a farmyard full of animals awaits with feeding and petting sessions every morning, plus seasonal events always mean there’s something new to explore.
Three flavours to try: Raspberry bakewell pudding, seasonal mini egg or prosecco sorbet (strictly for grown ups!)
Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour, KentCombining the beautiful Kent countryside with tasty ice cream, a visit to Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour is the ideal summer day out. New for 2018 are hop-on hop-off tractor rides, marked farm trails and walking routes, giving you the chance to explore the countryside in style. Whilst there are no animals to see here, the ice cream is made on the farm using fresh milk from neighbouring farms, so you can rest assured it comes with the local seal of approval.
Three flavours to try: Liquorice All Sorts, banoffee pie or Kentish honey and honeycomb
Daisy Made Farm, LincolnThe charming Daisy Made Farm is a family run business, home to loads of family activities and more than 60 homemade real dairy ice cream flavours! Before tucking in, test your skills on the 13-hole crazy golf course with a farmyard theme, let your kids lose on their own kid-sized real diggers or let them get behind the wheel of their own Jumi Car! Plus, with pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and calves too during the summer, it’s the ultimate farm day out. With all that done and dusted, treat the whole family to a scoop or two - yum!
Three flavours to try: Peanut butter, Turkish delight or classic Vanilla
Charlotte’s Jersey Ice Cream, YorkshireCharlotte’s Jersey Ice Cream is much more than just a delicious day out, thanks to a farmyard full of animals and other activities too! What started with a herd of Jersey cows quickly became home to wallabies, alpacas, donkeys, pigs and a giant rabbit, and with crazy golf, a land train and a fab adventure playground too, there’s plenty to pack into a full day out! Don’t forget to take home some ice cream too, you’ll thank us later!
Three flavours to try: Popping bubble, blue banana or cinder toffee
Callestick Farm, CornwallJust a few miles from Truro and the North Cornwall coast, Callestick Farm is the perfect Cornish retreat on a summer’s day. Home to pigs, chickens and Tommy the Turkey, visitors also have the chance to see the ice creamery in full-swing, from mixing flavours to freezing or filling tubs, before letting off steam in the playground for kids! It’s free to enter, but you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of change to enjoy a scoop or two in the tea room, and save some money to take some tubs home with you too!
Three flavours to try: Sticky toffee pudding, lemon curd or Cornish Sea Salted Caramel & Rhubarb
Birchfield Ice Cream Farm, North YorkshireBirchfield Ice Cream Farm is much more than the name suggests, thanks to its animals and other seasonal activities. The picturesque working farm is found in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with a pedigree herd of pigs, plus sheep and cows too, there’s plenty to see. Aside from ice cream, there’s another sweet treat too - the farm also has a pick your own strawberries field!
Three flavours to try: Cookies & cream, New York cheesecake or ginger cookie
Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm, CheshireFocusing on classic flavours using natural ingredients, you won’t find any gimmicky ice creams on the menu at Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm. Instead, the focus is on great quality favourites, using milk from cow to cone. If you visit at the right time, you might see the cows heading into the shed for their afternoon milking, but otherwise the working farm is off bounds unless you’ve organised a group or school tour. During the summer holidays though, the farm has a series of weekend events and a maize maze too, more than enough to fill a few hours!
Three flavours to try: Marzipan, pineapple or coconut
Roskilly’s, CornwallTake a peek at a real working organic Cornish farm, Roskilly's, which just so happens to provide the ideal FREE family day out! See farmyard favourites including goats, pigs, sheep and chickens, see the famous Jersey cows being milked every morning and explore the stunning grounds on woodland walks around the farm. Then, it’s time to tuck in to the original Cornish scoop with over 30 flavours all made from cream, milk and other ingredients on the farm.
Three flavours to try: Cream tea ice cream, pear and elderflower sorbet and blackcurrant cheesecake ice cream
We hope this round up of the best ice cream farms near you throughout the UK has been the sprinkles on your Mr Whippy - if you’re interested in finding more farmyard fun, including strawberry picking near you, simply head to the homepage and enter your town or postcode, then filter to farms, or browse the quick links below.
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