Here we have details of all of the best petting farms, lambing experiences and zoos near Harrogate. These are all farms and zoos which are ideal for a day out with the kids. If you know of one that isn’t listed then please tell us about it here
A real working farm which allows people through the farm gate to learn about all things farming and countryside.
Although the farm has only been open to visitors a short while it’s not a new venture for the farming couple behind it; it’s an extension of their commitment to connecting farming and education.
On site we offer spacious indoor and outdoor play areas, a café serving home cooked food and delicious cakes, outdoor viewing areas to see the animals and an indoor petting barn with a large variety of friendly animals.
We are open Wednesday to Sunday term time in accordance with NYCC dates and 7 days during the school holidays.
We offer term time weekly “Little Farmer” Sessions on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 10.30am -12.30pm designed for toddlers, allowing them to meet the animals, do a craft, have story time, snack and more.
We have themed fun educational activities each half term. This can be anything from sowing and growing your own fruit and flowers to wild bird feed making.
It’s always worth checking our Facebook page for up to date information.
Reviews from 2018
“Great value for money.”
“Lots to do, children are entertained for hours.”
“Reasonably priced café & gifts shop.”
Read the Mumbler review here.
Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Hartwith, Harrogate HG3 3HB
Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of the most loved family attractions in Leeds and is the perfect day out during these colder months.
You can escape the cold while also experiencing an unforgettable journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!
The fun doesn’t stop there as you can also unwind and bask in the heat with snakes, lizards and iguanas in the creature corner as well as discovering some of the more peculiar animals that roam the world while we sleep in the nocturnal zone.
One of Tropical World’s most loved zones is the butterfly house where you are able to witness first-hand their fascinating life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. There are between 20 and 30 species of butterflies at Tropical World including Owl Butterflies which can grow up to 20cm – the same size as a large dinner plate!
You can really get up close and personal with all the inhabitants of Tropical World which makes it a fantastic immersive experience. With such a large variety of exciting and exotic animals to discover and learn about, Tropical World is a fun and educational day out for all the family.
Entry to the attraction is very reasonably priced and children under five go free! There is plenty of free roadside parking opposite the attraction and disabled parking available on Princes Avenue just outside the entrance. You can also easily reach Tropical World from the city centre via public transport, with buses 2 and 12 stopping right outside.
Once you have finished exploring all there is on offer at Tropical World, you can grab a bite to eat and drink in the café which has a variety of hot and cold refreshments on offer. With a unique view of the canal gardens, the café is the perfect place to sit back and relax.
There is also plenty on offer outside of Tropical World in the popular Roundhay Park where it is located. Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes, woodlands, formal gardens and playgrounds. With lots to see and do at Tropical World and Roundhay Park, you really can have a fantastic day out!
Address: Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2ER
Winter Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 4pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Tickets: You can book tickets online or on the day from the Tropical World shop
Access: Tropical World is wheelchair accessible and allows free admission for carers on a 1:1 basis
Opening 1st February 10.30 – 4pm
Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays except bank holidays and school holidays)
With spring just around the corner we will be opening up the lambing sheds once again for the ever so popular Lambing Live.
Visit our real working farm and see what life is like at one of the busiest times of the year. If you are lucky enough you may even see a lamb being born.
Help feed the pet lambs at 11 am and 2pm
There will be other new born animals during spring to see too.
The woodland walk and den building area will be open for your little ones to explore.
The café will be open serving Hot & Cold food, drinks and yummy Ice cream (Café opening times 10-5pm)
This is a working farm so put on your wellies and wrap up warm for a fun day at the farm!
The cost is £2.50 per person (under 2’s are free)
Spilmans Farm open throughout August, September & October.
We now have a fantastic children’s play barn and family friendly cafe serving delicious homemade cakes and light lunches with a giant sand pit and ride on tractors.
We also have a maize maze and den building so there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained all day!
Our farm shop is open from 9am and blackberries are now ready to pick (August 15th).
Don’t forget to visit us in October for Pumpkin Picking!
Bedale, Aiskew Watermill, The Bridge, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 1AW
This is an excellent day out. Farm tour including some feeding/petting, huge sand pit, picnic areas tea shop, soft play area (inside) peddle tractors, tractor rides. 2011 Prices for farm tour and soft play area.
“Had an amazing family day out today. We went to Birchfield Dairies Maize Maze. It was less then 20 min drive from Harrogate, and only £5 entry adults and kids. Under 2’s are free. This included unlimited time on go carts, sandpit, bouncy castle, den making, and in the maize we also got one go on the crazy caterpillar and a held an animal. There was loads to do and see. We finished off the day with an ice cream. It was well worth it and great value for money”
If anyone is planning a trip to the Yorkshire Dales or wanting somewhere to break the journey to the lake district. I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s a lovely farm with really friendly owners and staff. We have had a brill time today loads of animals, brilliant play areas and great cakes!! Visit Their facebook page . Situated at Arkholme, LA6 1AR Carnforth (about 1.5hrs from Harrogate)
“Docker Park Farm is a fun day out for the whole family, with indoor play areas including an under cover two storey for up to 12 year olds, a separate soft play area for under 5’s, a bouncy castle and plenty of ride on toys and go karts from ages 1 – 99!
All our animals are very well loved, really friendly and waiting to be petted! We have lots of farm animals and our donkeys, Seamus and Tilly, give rides most days but are very stubborn and sometimes just won’t budge!! There is also a newly refurbished aviary with 8 pairs of owls, supplied by the World Owl Trust which we are very excited about and we will continue to work with them and their conservation work for owls all over the world!
We have indoor and outdoor picnic areas and offer a really fresh menu in our cafe, where we make everything ourselves, use our own free range meat and our eggs are kindly supplied by our own our ex-battery hens who freely roam the farm.”
Near Bolton Abbey BD23 6HA
Kids can feed animals, collect eggs and play with rabbits and guinea pigs. There’s also a tractor ride (although it costs extra) sand pits, ride on tractors, café, picnic tables indoor and out and a playground outside. They also host children’s parties.
Member review – “We held my daughters 5th birthday there and it was a brilliant day. Sue and her husband who run the farm are fantastic the day was brilliantly run and what was lovely was they were then happy for you to stay as long as you wanted rather than feeling like you are on a conveyor belt and have to leave. My husband and I are agreed that it was the best party that we had held and we have three children so there has been a few, we would highly recommend. The homemade cakes in the cafeteria area are lovely !”
Birchfield farm near Summerbridge
Along with the maze and adventure trail there’s a bouncy castle, giant sandpit, caterpillar rides, go karts for age 3 +, ice creams, teas and coffees, picnic area and a few pigs to say hello to….not too expensive at all so well worth a look
“Cheap day out tip: We’ve been here today it’s just near the airport-go up pool bank, over the traffic lights at the top, then left at the next set of lights, follow it down and it’s on the right, you’ll see a wind turbine and signs for a farm shop.
There’s no fee for going round the animals, they sell sandwich bags of food. The animals all know that you’re coming with food and come up to say hi and they’ve got new piglets there too. They also have an indoor play area for under 7’s which is very low cost, it had a few cosy coupe cars, large sandpit and a plastic climbing frame/slide set-it kept two nearly 5 year olds occupied long enough to let the Mummy’s have a coffee. Definitely worth a visit in my opinion ” Mumbler user review
Piglets Adventure Farm
Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out.
Packed with exciting attractions, animal cuties, special events programme there’s loads to see and do.
Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Feb – open Dec for Christmas event).
“After reading a post, we have had a fantastic day out at The South Lakes Wildlife Park. The older kids were even brave enough to feed the giraffes! “1.5-2hrs drive from Harrogate “Its brilliant & reasonably priced too. I love the madagascar bit with all the lemurs & monkeys running around. Well worth a trip!”
Thornton in Craven, just past Skipton off the A59
It was a fab day out. My 3 year old daughter wanted to stay all day. There is an outdoor play area, caterpillar barrel ride, safari ride to see the deer and long horn cattle. There are llamas, goats, sheep, rabbits and donkeys to see, plus you can feed lambs, calves and kids (the baby goat variety!). There is a big indoor slide plus a sand pit area, a maze and tractors to pedal. Older kids might like the quad bikes. The cafe did simple but very good food and I didn’t think the prices were outrageous. All in all we had a wonderful day
Tel – 01282 841148