According to the meteorological calendar, spring is officially with us! Grabbing those sporadic moments of sunshine are essential and with the Easter holidays fast-approaching, what better way to spend the day than a trip to the farm?
Take a look at some of our top picks that are bound to put a spring in your step!
Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead, Surrey
Situated in the centre of Surrey’s beautiful countryside, Bocketts Farm is full of farmyard fun! Watch a pig race, cuddle a fluffy rabbit, meet a new born lamb, catch a ride from a pony, or indulge in a cream tea at the Old Barn Tearooms; there’s really something for everyone!
Humble By Nature, near Monmouth, South Wales
You may have already heard of this one but we think it’s a definite must-see if you fancy a temporary departure from the hustle and bustle of city life. Humble By Nature is a working farm and run by television presenter, Kate Humble. Revel in the rustic interior and edible offerings at the farm shop & café, join The Pig Club, sign up to one of the farm’s delectable cookery courses, or enjoy a rural escape in the Humble Hideaway. Make your visit a memorable one!
Deen City Farm, Merton Abbey, South London
London might seem like the last place to host a farm, but there are quite a few scattered across the city. One in particular has received a boastful amount of good reviews and can be located in South London. Deen City Farm also runs a professional riding school and community garden, as well as looking after many animals including ferrets, goats, sheep, alpacas and lots more! Deen City’s incubator scheme provides a unique way to learn how chicks develop and grow right from the beginning; an excellent activity for schools or organisations/clubs for children.
Located in the heart of West Sussex, Fishers Farm is the perfect place to watch some of your favourite animals peacefully grazing happily in their habitats. If you prefer something a little more up-tempo though, perhaps the sheep, pig and Shetland pony races during school holidays would be more to your enjoyment. A fully-licensed pet shop is also based on the farm, so if you fall in love with the piglets or guinea-pigs you see bumbling about, you might be able to take one home with you! Animal handling sessions are also available on the premises and at this time of year, some lucky visitors can bottle feed little lambs!
Old Holly Farm, Lancashire
Preston’s Old Holly is a family run, working organic dairy farm open all year round! Enjoy the homemade ice creams in the sunnier months, made from the farm’s organic milk supply –proven at the end of each day when the cows are milked! In the courtyard, children can pet and interact with the animals to acquaint themselves with the sounds and scents of farm life.
St. Werburghs City Farm, Bristol
Take a break from the busy city centre of Bristol and plunge into the tranquillity of St. Werburghs City Farm. With just a handful of farm animals to see, this modest establishment is the perfect way to spend a few hours in the outdoors and can be washed down with a heart-warming tea from the café. The farm is free to visit but any donations to charity are most welcome.
Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh
Gorgie City Farm has been cherished by its local community for over thirty years and aims to present the agricultural side of Scotland’s capital to its visitors. The farm holds a wide range of animals from sheep to ducks, goats to cattle, and offers educational opportunities for children through organised tours and workshops, as well as Saturday and holiday clubs.
DairyLand Farm World, Newquay, Cornwall
This award-winning adventure park is an ideal day out in any season! Visit the milking parlour, take notes in the factual farm museums, let your children burn off some of their excitement in the farm’s indoor play area and tuck into some great grub at Clarabelle’s kitchen café.
Just five miles west of Barnsley, Cannon Hall Farm is a great family day out with tonnes of fun to be had. At the end of March, Cannon Hall will be hosting ‘Lambing Live’ where you can experience the busiest lambing night of the year; pretty sure you wouldn’t want to miss that! Weekend events beginning in early spring include a ferret race, sheep race, milking demonstrations and tractor/trailer rides!
Quince Honey Farm, Devon
If you’re taking a trip to Devon during the sunnier months, perhaps Quince Honey Farm (near South Molton) could be added to your itineraries. This isn’t your typical farm as this attraction focuses solely on bees. Enter the Beeworld exhibition where children can get a magnified look at the honey bees with each room exploring the many attributes of the insect. Why not take a jar of homemade honey as a souvenir too?
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie, Perthshire
Feast your eyes on the large variety of animals at Auchingarrich’s Wildlife Centre; from porcupines to peacocks, you won’t know where to look! Even though the fantastic range of animals must be marvelled at, you can also enjoy a quick game of mini golf with the family, jump on a tractor and ride the circuit, handle small chicks or rabbits in the hatchery or take a stroll to the top of the hill and take in the stunning scenery over Comrie and the Southern Highlands.