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Farmyard Fun: Discover the Best Kids’ Farms in the UK

By Eloise Nelson
Posted 15 September 2021
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Fancy a day filled with farmyard fun? From friendly and furry animals to tractor and trailer rides plus plenty outdoor adventures, farms for kids' and farms for toddlers are a fantastic family day out. 

If you're stuck looking for farms for kids near me, then don't panic! We've rounded up a list of the top 15 animal farms for kids, so pack up your wellies and get ready for some farmyard fun!

Boy and girl inside barn with goats

  1. Godstone Farm, Godstone, Surrey

    There’s no farmyard experience like a day at Godstone Farm! Grab a bag of delicious animal feed and go make friends with the sheep, goats and cows - they’re always excited to get a treat. Meet the fluffy rabbits, say “Hi” to the llamas and alpacas, and get to know the seasoned residents at the farm - the ponies, horses and donkeys. Also, with over 500 animals living at the farm, there usually are adorable babies to see too. Piglets, calves, chicks or lambs - they’re sure to melt anyone’s heart.

  2. Piglets Adventure Farm Park, York, North Yorkshire

    If the biggest appeal of visiting a farm for kids near you is getting to pet the adorable animals who live there, you’ll love the Animal Barn at Piglets Adventure Farm Park. The furry residents there just love attention; the Kune Kune pigs, for example adore being stroked. Plus, nothing can beat the excitement of seeing the newborn piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward. Who doesn’t love baby animals, right?

    Featuring an Olym-Pig assault course, a giant sand pit and a Fairy Trail where you can spot the homes of tiny magical creatures, Piglets Adventure is a great place for playtime too!

  3. The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Kent

    From mini-cows and llamas, to ponies, donkeys and alpacas, the animal gang at The Hop Farm Family Park has lots of different members for you to meet. They even have a reptile house, if your little nature explorers are up for an up-close encounter with the creepy crawlies!

    The Hop Farm Park wouldn’t have made it on our list of the top farms for kids, if it wasn’t a great family day out all around. With giant jumping pillows, 4-D cinema, splashing bumper boats, and both indoor and outdoor play areas, it definitely fits the bill.

  4. Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

    Set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, Fishers Farm Park is all about a good day of family fun. Kids will have the chance to make friends with the cuddly farmyard animals with nose-to-nose Animal Handling sessions, featuring guinea pigs, baby rabbits, pigmy goats and more. Your day at the farm will also include pony rides, animal shows and meeting the larger animals at the outdoor paddocks.

    If you’re caught in the rain, or if your little ones are just about soft play, as they are about animals, check out the large indoor play area. There’s outdoor play available too!

  5. National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

    From cuddling bunnies to riding a tractor, there’s plenty to get you and your mini farmers excited about spending the day at National Forest Adventure Farm. It’s home to all your favourite kids’ farm animals, including sheep, goats, Shetland ponies, plus some more unusual residents (take the Reindeer for example).

    The events at the farm are a must too! From navigating one of the best maize mazes in the country in early autumn, to bottle-feeding the baby lambs around Easter, there’s lots of seasonal fun to make you want to come back over and over again.

    Boy and girl inside barn with goats

  6. Mead Open Farm, Billington, Bedfordshire

    Mead Open Farm is a children's farm your tiny animal lovers will definitely want to visit! There you can stroke fluffy bunnies as they hop around freely, take part in a grooming session to help the ponies look their best and much more. If you’re visiting between February and April, there will be lots of newborn baby animals to see too.

    Weather’s nice? See how high you can jump on the Jumping Pillows, face the Giants Rock Climbing Wall, or take on a challenge and explore the Sky Trail high ropes course. Fancy some indoor action? There’s the 13,000 sq ft Shaggy's Indoor Playworld to explore. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

  7. Attwell Farm Park, Redditch, Worcestershire

    Come and say “Hi” to all the farm animals at Attwell Farm Park! Aberdeen Angus cattle, llamas, donkeys, emus and lots more friendly residents will be there to meet you and your mini farmers-to-be. There’s a petting barn where you can get up-close with the animals, and you can also get hands on with some of the farm machinery for a proper authentic experience.

    This epic farm for kids, also has an epic indoor play area - it welcomes up to 350 kids and has a special session for up to 50 tots. Did we mention it was EPIC?! If you’re up for outdoor shenanigans, the Big Bouncy Pillow is a must.

  8. Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

    Originally set up as a family business to help protect rare animals, Cotswold Farm Park is now amongst the best farms for kids in the UK. They’ve got over 50 animals and you can get hands-on with the smaller ones, like rabbits and chicks in the Discovery Barn. Prepare for an overload of fluffy cuteness!

    For some active fun, take the kids to the Adventure Barn where they can burn off some energy and explore additional experiences, such as zip wires, ride-on JCBs and a massive indoor sandpit. Check for seasonal events before you go, they’ve got plenty throughout the year.

    Little girl with goats at kids' farm

  9. Ash End House Children's Farm, Tamworth, Staffordshire

    Ash End House Children’s Farm might not be amongst the biggest kids’ farms out there but as a small, family-owned business it has the friendly welcoming feeling that will turn it into one of your favourite local farms to take the kids to.

    There will be plenty of animal fun in store, like riding a pony at the Shire Horse Centre, Chat to a Chick sessions at the hatchery, and of course meeting all your favourite farmyard friends, including cows, sheep, piglets and more. There’s a birds of prey centre too. For a bit of play time at the farm, take a bounce on the jumping pillow outside, or take the kids inside the Play Barn for hours of soft play adventures (you’ll need a separate ticket for the Play Barn).

  10. Smithills Open Farm, Bolton, Greater Manchester

    Set within 70 acres of rolling countryside and with over 25 different types of animals to see, Smithills Open Farm is home to all sorts of wonderful creatures. Get up-close to the regular farm residents, such as goats, sheep and donkeys, plus some unusual wildlife, such as skunks, llamas and their Burmese pythons. It’s a proper animal day out!

    How about play time? You won’t be disappointed with that either! Outdoors, your mini farmers can get busy riding on toy tractors and exploring “Kidbine”, a pretend combine harvester equipped with lots of fun features. The indoor bouncy castle is great for any weather and during the summer, there are inflatables too.

  11. Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon, Powys

    If you’re looking for kids’ farms near you that will keep your little ones busy all day long, Cantref Adventure Farm is a top contender. There are hands-on activities and animal shows every day, including pet handling, pony rides, pig racing plus arts and crafts. You see, there will be no time for boredom!

    From role play, theatre and soft play indoors, to outdoor attractions including a sand and water play area, tractor and trailer rides, outdoor trampoline and more - the play areas are just as exciting. Ever wanted to learn to ride a horse? The farm also has a riding centre where your kids can take their very first lesson.

    Happy girl playing with hay

  12. Briarlands Farm, Stirling, Stirling and Falkirk

    We love discovering a local gem and Briarlands Farm is just that! Enjoy a lovely day out in the countryside where your tiny animal lovers can come face to face with the big animals at the paddocks, feed the chicken, and make some furry friends, including guinea pigs and rabbits.

    Kids love the tractor go karts and the tiniest farmers-to-be will have a blast racing on the toddler trike track. Then there are zip wires, swings, mini diggers and a whole lot more fun features to play with. Oh, and if you can during the summer, you can pick your own strawberries too!

  13. Fairytale Farm, Chipping North, Oxfordshire 

    Fancy an enchanting day out? Fairytale Farm is the perfect farm for kids' and has animals, adventures, and lots more! Meet the farm mascot Alfie the Alpaca, and all your fairytale farmyard favourites, including billy goats gruff and even the two little pigs too! 

    Head off on a spectacular sensory experience and wander through the The Enchanted Walk, or if you're up for a real countryside stroll, explore the Wilderness Walk and discover loads of wildlife. With 6 magically themed zones to explore, this is a kids farm you'll be wishing was near me! 

  14. Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight 

    No matter the weather, there's plenty of exciting things to do at Tapnell Farm. from the animal barn to outdoor and even indoor play and things to do, there's a whole host of epic activities to get stuck into. For the adrenaline junkies, zoom through the air on the epic zip wire, or get hand on and try archery or even axe throwing! 

    Meet all your favourite farmyard animals, including goats and alpacas roaming free in the paddock to tame wallabies and even cheeky meerkats! Fancy getting hands on? Head into the animal barn and get up close and personal with the adorable residents of this great kids farm. 

  15. Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon 

    Looking for things to do in Devon and wondering if there are any kids farms near me? You're in luck! Head over to Pennywell Farm, home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs! These famous pigs aren't the only animals you can meet at this kids' farm either, you can even say hi t hedgehogs, ferrets, goats, and even adorable lambs too! 

    There's plenty of animal displays and things to do too, from Rub Rabbit Go Carts or even hop onboard the family train and see the sites. With plenty of open spaces to explore too, you'll be amazed at what you can do here! 

Happy girl playing with hay

We hope you’ve found a farm for kids near you that you love. For more animal days out, check out these top lists on our blog:

Best Zoos in the UK | Top Animal Experiences in the UK | Best safari parks in the UK

Also, you can find more animal attractions near you here:

Great animal days out in Stirling and Falkirk | Animal attractions in Greater Manchester | Fun animal days out in Staffordshire | Cool animal attractions in Kent | Exciting animal attractions in Surrey | Unmissable animal days out in North Yorkshire