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If you fancy a day out in the countryside with your little ones, look no further than our round-up of some of the best family-friendly adventure farms in the UK.

Briarlands farm
Stirling, Scotland

Kids will be spoilt for choice at Briarlands farm near Stirling where they can feed the animals and bump about on tractor and trailer rides. Other fun activities include jumping pillows, a zip wire, sand pits, mazes and even pick-your-own strawberries when they’re in season. There’s a trike track for toddlers, and on rainy days, the craft area in the family-friendly tearoom offers indoor play activities too.

  • Baby changing room
  • High chairs and microwave to heat milk
  • Buggy-friendly

Down At The Farm
Houghton Le Spring, Co Durham

Open every weekend and school holiday, Down At The Farm has a whole timetable of daily animal activities. Your little one can feed a lamb, groom a donkey or even wash a pig! As well as the farmyard animals you’d expect to meet, Down at the Farm is also home to some more unusual critters including raccoons, meerkats and emus. Seasonal activities include pony rides, reptile shows and Zena the 17-foot python. Children under two go free.

  • Baby changing
  • Staff happy to assist with heating milk
  • Some areas buggy-friendly. Tractor rides accommodate prams.

Old Holly Farm
Garstang, Lancashire

At Old Holly Farm, your little ones get to experience a working dairy farm. They can watch the cows being milked every day at 4.30pm from a viewing gallery. As well as learning where milk comes from, they’ll also find out how it turns into ice cream — the Courtyard Café and Farm Shop both sell ‘Coolcow’ ice cream, which is made on site using the farm’s organic milk. Look out for the indoor playbarn for soft play with a dedicated section for toddlers. Under ones go free.

  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chairs and heating facilities
  • Buggy-friendly

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park
Skipton, North Yorkshire

There’s plenty going at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park to entertain tots of all ages. Open seven days a week, they have introduced new toddler sessions which run daily from 10am to 3pm. You’ll find cute lambs and calves waiting to be bottle-fed and a giant caterpillar to ride, as well as a huge slide, straw maze and hands-on animal petting.

  • Baby changing room
  • Buggy-friendly

Hatton Adventure World
Warwickshire, West Midlands

Little ones can get up close and personal with a whole host of fluffy friends at the Guinea Pig Village, as well as other cute animals at Farmyard Favourites. There’s even the opportunity to handle snakes and lizards – if you’re feeling brave enough! When the weather’s nice, there are plenty of outdoor activities including an assault course, pony rides, jungle maze and Bluebell, the (fake) cow, which offers kids the chance to have a go at milking. Plus there are lots of baby and toddler-friendly activities, including a new sensory area at Superslide Mania for 0-2 year olds. Under twos get in for free.

  • Baby changing room
  • Microwave for milk warming
  • Buggy-friendly (except the small coffee shop)

Wiggleys Fun Farm
Bridgend, Wales

Wiggleys Fun Farm is the perfect all-weather choice. Indoors, there’s an adventure play option for every age, with slides and rope bridges for older children and a toddler zone. Outdoor paddocks are filled with cute ponies, sheep and goats for kids to meet. There’s also a Pigs Corner, mini race track and a woodland walk suitable for little legs, complete with duck ponds. Adults go free with one paying child.

  • Baby changing room
  • Microwave and hot water facilities
  • Buggy-friendly

The Big Sheep
Bideford, Devon

Voted Devon’s large attraction of the year 2013/14, The Big Sheep offers a whole host of sheepy fun —there’s sheep racing, sheepdog trails and bottle-feeding of orphaned lambs to try. Pony rides and farm safaris are on offer daily, and there are plenty of opportunities to get close to animals undercover in the large barn too. The Big Sheep also offers one of North Devon’s largest indoor playgrounds — Ewetopia. Mum and Dad may like the on-site brewery and garden centre, and this summer, a brand new rollercoaster will open for big kids, so there really is something for the whole flock!

  • Baby changing room
  • Microwaves and hot water facilities

Rare Breeds Centre
Ashford, Kent

There are plenty of friendly animals to pet at the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent, and from May to October, there’s an exotic butterfly tunnel where little ones can get up close. If pretty insects aren’t their thing, there’s also a creepy crawly world, as well as woodland walks, a mysterious marsh, an assault course and a tube maze too. Seasonal events include falconry displays, tractor rides and even pig races. Children under three go free.

  • Baby changing room
  • High chairs and microwave to heat milk
  • Buggy-friendly

Surrey Docks Farm
London

Just because you’re in the city, it doesn’t mean your little ones can’t experience all the fun of the farm. Surrey Docks is a working farm in the heart of London. The 2.2 acres of land include an open animal yard, bee room and a working blacksmiths forge. For little ones, its new monthly Piglets Club is aimed at tiny farmers aged two to five and encourages them to get involved in farm activities.

  • Baby changing room
  • Café on site to help with baby bottles
  • Buggy-friendly (some steps and cobbles but alternative routes are available to access all areas)

Wroxham Barns
Hoveton, Norfolk

Wroxham Barns Junior Farm offers little ones the chance to feed rabbits and guinea pigs, groom ponies, bottle-feed baby animals and collect eggs from the henhouses. Piggy’s Play-Sty, the indoor playbarn, is ideal for little ones to let off steam in between farm activities. There’s also a funfair with traditional rides and games, and a mini golf course for older kids, plus grown-ups who are big kids at heart!

  • Baby changing room
  • Milk-warming facilities
  • Buggy-friendly

Please note, many of the farms are working farms. All visitors are encouraged to wash their hands after coming into contact with animals.

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