Children’s Petting Farms to visit in Northern England

Do you and your family live in Northern England and are you on the lookout for a fun farm day out? Or perhaps you’re looking specifically at children’s petting farms where the kids can also burn off energy in an indoor play area? Well, look no further as there are plenty of animal days out in Northern England for you and the little ones to discover!

From the historic walled city of York to the rich industrial heritage of Manchester or even the stunning Lake District nestled within the countryside, there’s a family day out on the farm suitable for all ages and budgets

Read on to discover our pick of the top farm attractions to visit with your family across Northern England.


Piglets Adventure Farm

Towthorpe Moor Ln, York, YO32 9ST

Located in York, this hands-on animal petting farm allows your little piggies to get up close and personal with the many farmyard friends in the undercover Animal Barn.

Not only can the whole family involved in animal petting and feeding sessions, there’s also a chance to see little piglets being born in the Piglet Maternity Ward- what could be cuter?!

Plus, don’t miss the Jumping Pillows, racing each other on the Pedal Go- Karts or even taking a swing at Crazy Golf.

Piglets Adventure Farm provides a fantastic farm day out with the kids no matter the weather!

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Lancashire Park and Animal Farm

Middleton Road West, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 2TG

Have you ever visited an animal farm where you’re able to meet, pet and feed over 50 species of farm animals? From pygmy goats to cheeky donkeys, sheep, bunnies and Shetland ponies- the list is endless!

Lancashire Park and Animal Farm is a family run children’s petting farm located in Oldham since 2011. Much of the farm is built from the reclaimed materials that owner Ben has salvaged from his earlier demolition work.


Some of the family day out activities at this farm include a speedy Rooster Rally race (a firm favourite with the little ones) and taking a scenic walk round the River Irk meeting the horses, donkeys, swans and ducks along the way! Lancashire Park and Animal Farm is also home to two play areas where your kids can let off some steam on the swings, slides and ziplines. If this hasn’t persuaded to take a family day out here, we’re not sure what will!

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Hesketh Farm Park

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA

This idyllic farm park in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is home to over 1,000 animals. There’s lots of opportunities for your children to meet and feed their furry friends in the main barn. You’re also able to stroll around the paddock to meet donkeys Dolly and Margaret and even participate in egg collecting and brushing the pigs!

After petting and feeding the animals at the farm your little ones can play, dig and build in the giant sandpit, hide and seek in the straw maze and climb up to the skies on the spider’s net.

Hesketh Farm Park is a fantastic children’s petting farm day out.

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Walby Farm Park

Birky Ln, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4QL

Covering 30 acres, this working family farm places their animals at the heart of everything they do. Cuddle and get up close with their adorable guinea pigs and rabbits or even get involved in pony grooming and feeding sessions with the lambs before exploring both the indoor and outdoor play areas- the perfect place for little ones to let of all that energy!

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Smithills Open Farm

Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 6JZ

Get ready for an action-packed family day out at Smithills Open Farm, located just a few miles north of Bolton.

With new animals arriving at the farm every week, there are plenty of cuties to meet and greet including tiny chicks and if you’re brave enough- a Burmese Python! If you’re wanting a photo opportunity, there’s even a chance to cuddle up to and hold their most recent new arrivals.

There’s also indoor and outdoor play activities to let off some steam including bouncing on inflatables and racing in toy tractors. Refuel at their on-site café in the barn providing both hot and cold snacks- this really is a day out with the animals you can’t afford to miss!

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Please Note: information included in this article is correct at time of publishing. Due to current government guidelines related to COVID-19 some attractions and facilities may differ. Please check each individual attractions website before you visit