Days Out Ripon and Nidderdale

Farms & Zoos

Big Sheep Little Cow

Farm Attraction Bedale.

  • Soft Play
  • Cafe
  • Go Carts and Roller Races
  • Holding and feeding animals hands-on experience
  • Farm Tour & Playbarn

Open 10-5pm in winter.

Closed Mondays.

My little one loved the slides in the play area. She also loved meeing the animals. Her favourite was Magic the Chinchilla. So soft! JM

Big Sheep Little Cow Farm, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1AW

01677 422125

Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Birchfield Farm is home to cows, pigs and sheep which you can see grazing in the fields. As well as animals they grow strawberries, maize, pumpkins, sprouts and sweetcorn and usually run holiday events and activities. Ice cream, cold and hot food available from cafe.

Closed Mondays. Phone or check Facebook before visiting if going to the farm to ensure it’s open.

Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4JS

T: 01423 781792

Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey

Things to do/see: Great day out for little kids! With guinea pig handling, fluffy chicks, calves, donkeys, pigs, a tractor trailer ride & huge indoor sand pit. For the older ones try the outside go-kart track.

Location: Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA

Opening Hours: Call to make sure they are open as opening times vary. Usually open weekends only during term time 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) and most days during school holidays.

01756 710444


Kilnsey Park

In the heart of spectacular Wharfedale, Kilnsey Park is your ideal location to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales. With fishing, kids activities, friendly farm animals and the best of local food, Kilnsey is a great Yorkshire family day out.

Kilnsey Park Estate, Kilnsey, Skipton, BD23 5PS

T: 01756 752150

Living Seas Centre

Open daily from Easter to end of November.

Learn about Yorkshire’s fascinating marine and coastal wildlife. Exciting events are run from the centre across the year for all ages.

I can highly recommend the Yorkshire wildlife trust living seas centre. There’s always free craft activities going on and beach based events for a small charge during the holidays

KC, March 16

Free to enter (although a donation is appreciated)

Living Seas Centre, South Sea Road (South), Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1AE

T: 01262 422103

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

Lotherton is a very popular place attracting over 3/4 of a million visitors each year
(Wildlife World, House and Chapel, Grounds and Gardens, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play)

It’s great! They have lots of play areas that your 2yr old would love and baby swings for your 10month old. Lovely to walk around for your dog. They’ve got a bird garden which is lovely to walk around but no dogs are allowed in there just so you’re aware. They house is lovely too but you can’t take a pram around it

RG, Jan 17

Lotherton is great! I’ve got an annual pass and use it as least once a week!

BH, April 17

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

T: 0113 378 2959

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, a registered charity, was established in 1980 to provide services to inner city communities. From the Farm’s humble beginnings operating from two old caravans, it has grown into a 24 acre site. It’s not only a working farm with a wide variety of animals but also a major centre for community and environmental work.

I can highly recommend Meanwood valley urban farm. Took our 10 month old lg today & she loved it, plus the entry price is a bargain

HG, April 15


Sugar Well Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG

T: 0113 262 9759

Monk Park Farm

Things to do/see: There is a varied collection of both outdoor and indoor feeding areas where you can see such as lambs, sheep, goats, calves, cattle, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, albino wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs. There is also an adventure playground, nature trail and tea room.

Location: Monk Park Farm, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG

Opening Hours: Open for the 2018 in February

01845 597730

Nidderdale Llamas

Things to do/see: Llama trekking aimed at adults and older kids ( 7 – 10 yrs can visit the farm. 10 – 12yrs can do the On Farm Trek. Children 12 yrs or over can do the Half Day or Full Day Treks). Booking required to visit. No babies or younger children allowed. Fun day out trekking with the llamas through the Nidderdale countryside.

Location: Kiln Farm, Wilsill, nr Pateley Bridge, HG3 5EE

01423 711 052



Piglets Adventure Farm

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.

Seedlings – Garden Centre With ‘Fun Zone’

Things to do/see: Great play area ideal for nursery & primary school age children which includes:

• A giant sand pit • A giant race trace with ride-on and push-along vehicles •  Grassed picnic area • An aviary with exotic birds • Alpacas • Wallabies • Guinea Pigs • Rare Breed Pigs • Friendly Shetland Pony • Pheasants • Pygmy Goats • Rheas • Rabbits

Location: Hirst Road, Carlton, Goole DN14 9PX

Cost: £1 for adult entry and under 2’s are free. £4 for over 2’s.

Call: 01405 869622

Swinton Park Birds of Prey Centre

Swinton Park Birds of Prey Centre offers a wide range of falconry experiences for families, groups and individuals.

Open to both hotel guests and non-residents.

Swinton, Masham, Ripon , North Yorkshire, HG4 4JN
Call for details on booking: 01765 680900

Talon Falconry Birds of Prey Centre

Things to do/see: Over 35 birds of prey, watch flying displays, have your photo taken holding one. Experience courses – learning how to fly the birds – are also offered for an additional cost. The centre also has snakes, ferrets, rabbits and rheas. Flying displays currently held at 2 and 4pm. Contact centre for more details.

Location: Talon Falconry (Lightwater Valley Falconry Centre), Ripon, North Stainley, HG4 3HT


01765 634505

Tropical World – Roundhay, Leeds

Greenhouses filled with UK’s largest tropical plant and animal collections outside of Kew Gardens.

The cafe is very spacious and good food (sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc.). It does get very hot in the walk through so would recommend lots of layers that you can take off along the way. Takes about 45-60min to see everything! Can have a nice walk round roundhay park afterwards

HB, Dec 16

It was amazing, take cool clothes we ended up stripping our lb to his vest

CV, March 17

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

T: 0113 237 0754