Days Out Harrogate

Farms & Zoos

Are you looking for a visitor farm or petting zoo for a day out with kids near Harrogate and Knaresborough?

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

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Nestled just below the Iconic Brimham Rocks on the southern fringe of the Nidderdale AONB, is Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.

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

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Lambing Live 2019 at Birchfield Ice cream Farm

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)

Check out our website
Birchfield ice cream farm

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Piglets Adventure Farm

Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.

Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.

Get close to farmyard cuties too. You might even see piglets being born in The Piglet Maternity Ward. Plus, stroke and cuddle bunnies and guinea pigs, hold the cutest baby chicks ever, brush the resident Kune Kune pigs (they love this) and even milk a cow. All in all, you’ll find a whole day of fun waiting for you.

And with so much to do you’ll need a bite to eat! Serving delicious snacks, sweet treats and refreshments, there’s plenty of choice. Little ones can even enjoy The Piggy Pen, small soft play corner in Piglets Coffee House.

The special events timetable is second to none. Over Summer there’s extra entertainers, Pig Racing, new Fairy Tale Trail, daily Foam Parties and not forgetting the amazing Pumpkin Festival for October half term. Take a ride on Santa’s Sleigh for the magical Christmas event, it’s one to remember.

Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

Call 01904 499700 or visit the website

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Spilmans Farm, pick your own, play barn, maize & cafe

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!


Birchfield Dairies Maize Maze

“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”

Maize maze

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

None Go Bye Farm Shop

“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

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).

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Thornton in Craven, just past Skipton off the A59

A fun-filled, family day out beckons at Thornton Hall Country Park.  Animal encounters, greet the newest arrivals and take part in seasonal hands-on activities (lamb feeding, egg collecting & animal petting)!
Indoor & outdoor play areas, ride-on tractors, giant slides, sandpit, hay-maze, rope-swings and pedal go-karts!
NEW from Easter 2019: Jumping Pillow Park!

Tel: 01282 841148