Top Children’s Petting Farms this Summer

Treat the kids to a children’s petting farm visit this Summer holidays!

With lockdown eased and the school summer holidays well and truly in full swing, there’s lots of farm adventure and outdoor fun to discover at children’s petting farms across the UK, whatever the weather.

So, if you’re bored of the ‘i’m bored’s’ we’ve got you covered with our list of top children’s petting farms to visit with friends and family. From running wild on adventure play in the great outdoors to building castles in sandpits, taking a swing at mini golf and meeting adorable animals, our list is sure to keep little (and big!) feet busy all day.

Lakeland Maze Farm Park
Raines Hall, Sedgwick, Cumbria, LA8 0JH

A full and traditional working farm, a family farm day out at Lakeland Maze in Cumbria is packed full of summer fun and furry friends.

Choose your team of brave explorers and lead them to victory as you conquer not one but two incredible maize mazes. The Mini Maze Maze is perfect for little feet, whilst those with more time can take on the 1.5 – 2 hour larger Maze Challenge. Don’t worry, there are exist points along each route if needed!

And that’s not all, meet Cows, Sheep, Pigs, Rabbits, Llamas and more across this children’s petting farm plus, run wild on outdoor play and race on the Go Karts. Our top tip? Don’t miss the outdoor spring free trampolines!


Tapnell Farm Park
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0YJ

There’s bundles of fun and plenty of adventure to be found at Tapnell Farm Park children’s petting farm on the Isle of Wight.

From pedigree pigs to grumpy goats, join the special, daily summer holiday Paddock Talks to take in the sights and sounds of the farm with an expert member of the team. Penned as a ‘tour that never bores’ there’s lots of fun to be had as you explore over 15 miles of stunning cost line and spot alpacas, hebredian sheep and more along the beautiful route.

Plus, reach for the sky on giant jumping pillows, whizz down slides and, perfect for the great British summer weather, explore the incredible indoor Soft Play Barn…with over 3-stories of play to discover!


ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure
Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JW

Unleash your inner explorer at this ROARR-some dinosaur themed day out in Norfolk complete with children’s petting farm.

Home to East Anglias biggest outdoor waterpark, cool off at Dippy’s SplashZone, look out as you discover dinosaur friends in the ancient woodlands along the Dinosaur Trail and don’t forget to brave the famous Predator High Ropes- traverse the wires and fight to keep your balance and escape the T-Rex, high up in the trees!

Download their brand new app to explore the park map and keep up to date with daily timetable of activities.


Ardardan Estate
Cardross, Argyll and Bute, G82 5HD

Relax and unwind whilst the little ones let off steam at the stunning Ardardan Estate this school summer holidays.

Grown ups and budding gardeners can explore the beautiful Restored Walled Garden, home to many plants that have been growing there since the beginning of the 19th century, there’s lots to see and learn.

Take a trip through the Field Trail to Ardmore Point…don’t forget to say hello to the many adorable animals along the way including Texel sheep, Heelan Coos and Hens at this children’s farm.

Plus, after plenty of exploring, visit the Tearoom for fresh light lunches and home baked treats.


Dalscone Farm
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 1JU

Run, jump slide and swing outdoors this summer holidays at Dalscone Farm.
Until 31st October, the outdoor play area at this family farm attraction is open and packed full of activities.

There’s no need to travel to the beach, relax as the kids build castles in the Sandpit and explore the Bumper Boats. Plus, jump high on the outdoor Trampolines and zoom around on the Go-Karts and Pedal Carts. Don’t forget to explore the play fort and make furry friends at the children’s petting farm too!

If your little explorers have a rumbly tummy, we recommend heading over to the Dalscone Diner for lunch and delicious cake!


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