The UK’s top 10 farm parks to visit at half term

Days out, February Half Term, Working Farm

Wherever you are this February half term and whatever the weather, a day out at a nearby farm park is guaranteed fun for all the family.

We've rounded up our top 10 farm parks to visit this half term below, starting the in South West and working our way up through the country and into Wales and Scotland.

If you're planning a holiday around fun days out with the kids, don't worry! We've got lots of places to stay nearby, from cosy cottages to spacious farmhouses.

Pennywell Farm, Devon

Pennywell Farm is the biggest farm park in the South West, and with plenty of years' experience and multiple awards under their belt, they sure know how to keep everyone entertained from opening until close - every half hour is marked by the sound of a bell as a new show, display or activity opens its doors.

From animal encounters, activities and displays to tractor and trailer rides, quad biking and undercover play areas, head to Pennywell Farm for a full day of family fun.

Dairyland Farm World, Cornwall

Dairyland Farm World, near Newquay, Cornwall is a fantastic farm and adventure park suitable for all ages. It has everything from slides and rides to a nature trail and the interactive farm activities like milking the cows, feeding the animals and petting the pets!

Dairyland is fully geared up to provide a whole day’s worth of activities come rain or shine with the majority of attractions being under cover, including their huge indoor play centre, the milking parlour, the farm museums, and Clarabelle’s Kitchen Café, which offers a wide range of value-for-money food and drink.

Puxton Park, Somerset

Puxton Park is one of Somerset’s newest attractions, and there is plenty to do here no matter the weather. Puxton perfectly blends fun with conservation and education, as well as offering nutritious meals and super tasty treats in their onsite restaurant and farm shop.

Puxton Park is home to lots of farm animals, including cows, goats, donkeys, pigs and sheep. February half term at Puxton Park is a great time to see the newborn lambs and even bottle feed them!

Children can also meet some of the more unusual residents of Puxton Park, such as the alpacas and reptiles. Older children will love the adventure park side to Puxton Park, including the zip wire, the Adrenaline Zone and the Water Walkers.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Dorset

There’s so much to do at Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park that they recommend you get there as early as possible to pack it all in to your day out.

At Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, you will find everything from talks and displays to heavy horse wagon rides, tractor and trailer rides and even the opportunity to drive the tractor! There is a packed timetable of events and interactions involving over 20 rescued horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, miniature ponies, sheep, alpacas, ducks, snow dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and many more!

Admission price includes heavy horse wagon rides, tractor and trailer rides and miniature pony and cart rides. The money from your admission will go towards the ongoing rescue and rehabilitation of the heavy horses.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park have been awarded a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for constantly receiving top reviews and ratings; they have also recently featured in the BBC TV show Wartime Farm – so head there for a day and meet the stars!

Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire

Open every day, Cotswold Farm Park is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation and is owned and run by real life farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson, welcoming over 700,000 visitors each year. As a farm park and working farm, the activities on offer at Cotswold Farm change with the seasons.

Between the 9th February and 21st April, the demonstrations will be about lambing and you can even bottle feed the new season lambs. Meet the animals up close in the Touch Barn, including ducklings, chicks, piglets and other young animals needing a little bit extra TLC. Outdoor play areas include bouncy pillows, the Cotswold Quest Maze and Farm Safari.

Always wanted to drive a big(ish) red tractor? Learn to drive at the Tractor School.

With all the usual farm animals to be found here, Cantref Adventure Farm also have a few of the more unusual animals and activities, including llamas, rhea birds, terrapins, pig racing, ferret racing and water balloon battling!

We have properties in both the Cotswolds and the Heart of England, so you can find your perfect place to stay within driving distance!

Fairytale Farm, Oxfordshire

Designed, built and run by Nick and Nicola Laister and inspired by their eldest daughter Olivia who has cerebral palsy, Fairytale Farm is an adventure farm park like no other.

At Fairytale Farm, disabled children and their families can spend a day in the countryside enjoying various activities and entertainment created with their needs in mind.

Fairytale Farm in Oxfordshire is the UK’s first family farm park where everything has been designed around the needs of children with sensory, learning and physical disabilities, but at the same time will be enjoyed equally by children without disabilities too – truly a day out for everyone!

Fairytale Farm is divided into three zones, Huff and Puff – an adventure play area, Enchanted Walk – a sensory experience for all the family, and Alfie and Friends – where you can meet and greet the farm (and exotic) animals.

Fairytale Farm is also open on selected evenings when the Enchanted Walk lights up, creating a magical sensory wonderland to be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities. Visit their website for more information.

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, South Wales

Folly Farm Adventure Park is one of the top paid-for tourist attractions in Wales and the proud winner of both the Best Family Day Out in Pembrokeshire and Best Family Day Out in Wales at the National Tourism Awards. Offering everything from exhilarating rides and adventure play to meet and greets with farmyard friends and exotic creatures, Folly Farm is a fun packed day for all the family, young and not-so-young alike.

Set in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside and home to the only giraffes in Wales, Folly Farm boasts six fun filled amusement and activity zones, both indoors and out ,including a vintage funfair, a country park and adventure play.

There’s so much to do at Folly Farm that one day might not be enough - take a look at their website for their latest offers on season passes and discounted return visits.

Cantref Adventure Farm, South Wales

Cantref Adventure Farm in South Wales offer a fantastic family day out no matter what the Welsh weather throws at you.

Open daily between 10.30am and 5.30pm, this farm park is set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and boasts a large heated indoor play area, a fabulous farmhouse cafe, animal petting zoo and stunning views.

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Bristol

At Avon Valley Country Park you’ll find hours of amusement set against the beautiful backdrop of the Avon Valley, with over 50 acres of parkland to explore. Avon Valley offer hours of fun for all the family; ride the West’s longest miniature railway, tackle the riverside obstacle course or take a boat out on the lake.

Get the adrenaline rushing in one of the outdoor or undercover adventure play areas, boasting 5 big slides, soft play, ball pools, quad bikes, pedal go-karts and much, much more. Children can run, swing, slide and climb to their heart’s content!

With so much adventure to be had you might forget that Avon Valley is also a farm park! Here you can see the usual farmyard faces such as pigs, goats and donkeys, plus some less common animals like wallabies, deer, alpacas, shire horses and hawks!

Mabie Farm Park, Dumfries

Set on 77 hectares of land beneath Mabie Forest with views over Solway Firth, Mabie Farm Park offers traditional farm park fun with lots of indoor and outdoor play.

Head to the animal paddocks to meet the Highland, Jersey and Shetland Cows, shire horses, llamas, and alpacas, as well as Kune Kune and Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, goats and donkeys. Mabie Park is also home to a variety of breeds of sheep as well as peacocks, ducks, hens, turkeys, quail and guinea fowl in the aviary, as well as rabbits, mice, ferrets, guinea pigs and chipmunks. In the Animal Barn you can meet the latest edition to the park – water buffalo!

Outdoor play at Mabie Park includes an astroslide, boating pond, bouncy castle and jumping pillow, grass slide, astro-sledging, a wooden fort, pedal powered go-karts, quad bikes and much more!

Indoor whatever-the-weather fun at Mabie Park includes a climbing wall, inflatable slide, ride on tractors, trampolines, pets corner and some truly farm-tastic fun to be had in the Straw Barn – have you ever swung from straw bales to straw bale like a farmer version of Tarzan? Neither have we but we want to!

And if you'd like to continue the farm experience after you've left the farm park, our collection of working farm holidays have you covered! Enjoy all the fun of the farm at your holiday cottage, with activities such as animal feeding and egg collecting to take part in.

Posted by Hannah on 17th January 2017