Birches Road, Snettisham, Norfolk, PE31 7NG
The park is a 329 acre working farm. A trip can involve many exciting adventures from seeing lambs being born to a spectacular 45-minute deer safari where you will see the magnificent red deer herd. You can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of three wonderful trails. The farm has a shop selling its own produce. Open 10am-4pm, seven days a week.
Tel: 01485 542425 www.snettishampark.co.uk
Pettitts Animal Adventure
Church Road, Reedham, Norfolk, NR13 3UA
Pettitts is open from March 2016 and offers youngsters rides galore, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see as well as animals to feed and pet. The park is accessible for wheelchair users and there is a large picnic area and onsite café serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Tel: 01493 700094 www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk
Suffolk Punch Trust
Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge IP12 3JR
From stables and farm yard animals to heritage exhibitions and walking trails, The Suffolk Punch Trust has plenty to see and do. In addition to the horses, farm animals include pigs, cattle, sheep and chickens. There’s also the opportunity to meet the resident rabbits and guinea pigs at the Pets Paddocks. Those looking to make the most of the spring weather can explore the great outdoors with one of three walking trails which extend from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Tel: 01394 411327 www.suffolkpunchtrust.org
Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0EQ
Easton Farm Park was built in the late 1800s and has been a Farm Park since 1974, the second farm park to be opened in the UK. It offers a mix of interactive farm fun within a set of listed historic buildings and countryside. Easton Farm Park is the ideal place for family visits, birthday parties, school trips and farm holidays. Open 10.30am – 5.30pm, seven days a week.
Tel: 01728 746475 www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk
Wimpole Home Farm
Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
Hidden amongst the trees, the Adventure Playground at Wimpole Home Farm is a popular spot with those who love to climb, slide, scramble and swing, while tiny tots enjoy their own play area and mini pedal tractors. Children’s guide and children’s quiz trail are available to help keep their interest while away from the play area. Rare breeds animals are happy to have visitors, be fed and petted.
Tel: 01223 206000 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate
Hamerton Zoo Park
Nr Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, PE28 5RE
At Hamerton Zoo Park as well as a wonderful collection of animals, there are a range of things to keep you busy. The express train service runs from the donkey stables down to the new tiger enclosures. Provided the weather is dry, the train will be in service during weekends and everyday throughout the school holidays from Easter until the October half-term. Train rides cost £2 per person. There are two play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children and the new covered picnic areas and gardens.
Tel: 01832 293362 www.hamertonzoopark.com
Stanbridge Road, Billington, Near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH
The farm spans 30 acres and is home to farmyard animals large and small. On your day out, you’ll meet sheep, cows and pigs, as well as goats, rabbits and ponies. It is also home to some more unusual large animals such as alpacas and a reindeer.
There are loads of fun things to do from Go-Karts and Crazy Golf to sand play in Digger Village and Shaggy’s Cove as well as swings, slides and climbing frames in the huge indoor Shaggy’s Play World and Topsy Turvy Towers outdoor adventure playground. The farm offers children the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with farm animals through activities such as bottle-feeding lambs, hand-feeding sheep and goats, grooming ponies and stroking rabbits and guinea pigs.
Tel: 01525 852 954 www.meadopenfrm.co.uk
Old MacDonalds Farm
Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Old MacDonald Farms is renowned for being one of the most popular farms in Essex for a family day out. With its host of animals, colour adventure play areas and spring babies bouncing round the paddock, Easter is the perfect time to visit. During the school holidays children will be able to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt and win a tasty treat at the petting farm.
Tel: 01277 375 177 www.omdfarm.co.uk
Written by Liz Jane Mattock