Entry is free, and children can meet animals such as a herd of alpacas, two wallabies, peacocks, rare breed birds, a giant rabbit, goats, friendly donkeys and, of course, the Jersey cows.
There is also a giant inflatable, crazy golf course, adventure play area and the Charlotte’s Express to ride on.
British summer time opening: 10.30am-6pm daily. Winter opening: 10.30am-5pm daily.
Charlotte’s Ice Cream, The Meadows, Whitley, WF12 0NQ. Tel: 01924 494491.
Lovely café with outdoor seating area and animals to see. There are peacocks, little goats, rabbits and more. Perfect for summer days when the kids can play outside and you can sit in the sun.
Bennetts Egg Farm Café, Croft Farm, Clough Lane, Liversedge. Phone 01274 873648.
Birchfield farm is a picturesque working farm nestled in the valley of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It’s a mixed farm, with dairy, pigs and sheep grazing in the fields. It is also home to a herd of Jersey cows (whose rich milk and cream is used to make delicious homemade ice cream) and a pedigree herd of Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and British Saddleback pigs.
The farm land is also used to grow strawberries, maize, pumpkins, sprouts and sweetcorn.
Birchfield Family Dairies, Oakmount House, Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4JS. 01423 781792
Theme park, zoo and holiday accommodation located near Malton, North Yorkshire.
Enjoy the rides, book an “encounter” with one of the animals, or enjoy the holiday resort facilities such as The Splash Zone.
Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton. 0800 40 888 40.
Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just one mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey and five miles from the market town of Skipton.
There’s loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals and having fun inside – maybe in the giant sandpit or playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze.
The Farm Park is idyllic, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam train whistling by in the valley below.
Hesketh Farm is still a working farm with over 1,000 livestock, including cattle, sheep and pigs. Today it is run by Chris and his wife Sue, who are the fourth generation to farm here. As Dales weather can be unpredictable, they have a large cosy, undercover barn with an efficient heating system so that your day will still be fun-packed, even if it’s grim outside. If you’re feeling peckish, there is a small café from which you can enjoy a delightful homemade snack.
Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA.
Lotherton Hall is a country house with beautiful grounds and a fabulous bird garden. Plenty to do with the children, especially in the summer when garden games such as giant Jenga, hoops and sacks for racing are laid out for you to enjoy while you picnic.
Little Lotherton – first Tuesday of every month (term time) (10am to 11am). Under 5’s art sessions for parents, carers and little ones.
Make and Create – every second and third Saturday of the month (1pm to 3pm)
Drop-in ‘making and creating’ aimed at all the family. Take part in various activities no matter what your age!
Craftiness – every Friday in school holidays (1pm to 3pm)
Drop-in children’s crafts and play – come rain or shine, games and activities – every Wednesday in the school holidays (10am to 4pm)
Self-led trails, arts, dressing up and play whatever the weather.
Lotherton Hall: Aberford, Leeds. 0113 281 3259.
Wheelchair accessible farm with rare breed animals including pigs, peacocks, highland cows, goats, horses, donkeys, birds of prey, llamas and much more. You can also see reindeer, meerkats, lemurs and raccoon dogs.
There is a Bunny Barn and a Reptile House (where you might get to hold something if you’re brave enough!), outdoor play areas, a zip wire slide and a beach to build sandcastles on. If the weather turns, there is a fantastic indoor soft play for the kids.
If you’re picnicking, there are plenty of places to sit, and there is a coffee shop and restaurant too.
Free parking all year round.
Ponderosa Farm, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN, 01924 235276.
With its beautiful park and gardens, house tour & Home Farm, Temple Newsam is a great day out. Meet hundreds of child-friendly farm animals, such as pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks, and get hands-on with the piglets and chickens running free in the yard. Throw in the play area and a picnic and you are set!
The House: Tues – Sun, 10.30-17.00, (last entry at 16.15).
Farm: Summer opening hours: Tues – Sun 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry at 16.15). (Open Mondays during school holidays)
Farm Winter opening hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 16.00
Last entry 45 minutes before closing
Tea Rooms: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 16.30; Sat – Sun 10.00 – 17.30
Winter opening hours: Tues – Sun 10.30 – 16.00
Please note: Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
The House, Farm and cafe are open on bank holidays, excluding Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Tickets are valid for the entire day on which they are purchased.
Visitors are advised to telephone 0113 3367460 for more details.
Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE
Closed until May 2019: The petting farm is open on Sundays between noon and 5pm. Get up close and personal with the farm animals, then enjoy the play area and refreshments in the tearoom.