Somewhere in the middle of the Cotswolds (I always get lost on the way there!) is the fabulous Cotswold Farm Park. The working farm is owned by the dishy famous farmer Adam Henson and has been developed into a family friendly attraction with so much to see and do.
Ed and I visited on a cold but sunny March weekday after the ‘big freeze’ and had a lovely time meeting, stroking and feeding the farmyard animals. At the moment, lambing is in full swing and you can bottle feed the lambs. You can also watch them being born (if you’re lucky) in the big Animal Barn and listen to talks about lambing.
Along with meeting animals, there is so much to do including: a farm tractor and trailer ride, tractor school, indoor play barns, soft play, bounce pillows, conservation area and woodland walk.
We arrived at about 11am on a quiet Wednesday. I would strongly advise you to wear boots and wrap up warm. Ed and I started off at the Discovery Barn where the lambs were being bottle fed. Ed decided he would rather hold a chick which is lovely as the farm staff help you and show you how to hold it. There are also rabbits and guinea pigs for you to hold and pet.
We then went on a walk to feed the goats on the ‘Rare Breed Through History Trail’ You can buy food to feed the goats and it’s such fun! Ed loves it and likes to make friends with all the different breeds of goats and stroke them. Even if your child isn’t into feeding or touching the animals, there are lots of other things to do. In the tractor school there are motorised mini tractors and in the Adventure Barn there’s a big mini beach sand pit area along with two other play areas next to a café with outside heating!
Ed and I took a packed lunch but the cafes at the Farm Park are great with reasonable prices. I’m thinking of getting a season ticket as it’s a great way to spend a morning, afternoon or even a whole day! Highly recommended!