Farms and lambing
With lambing season in full swing, farms across the country will be offering a plethora of woolly experiences for families.
Our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch in their areas.
Little Owl Farm Park Stourport on Seven
Set in 18 acres of farmland, Little Owl Farm Park is home to animals including sheep, pigs, miniature ponies, pygmy goats, chickens, deer, partridges and more. Pet rabbits and guinea pigs, visit the new arrivals, watch a show, ride pedal tractors, play in the sandpits, jump around in the soft play area or watch a sheep or pig race.
National Forest Adventure Farm Burton-on-Trent
This Easter you can take the Easter Eggspress tractor and trailer ride up to Bunny Woods to begin your hunt for the Easter Bunny, plant a sunflower or join in with Easter crafts. There is lamb feeding, egg collecting, milking demonstrations, pony grooming, and animal petting to enjoy.
Johnsons Farm Old Hurst
Come and see the cows, pigs, sheep, ostrich, deer, donkeys, goats and even crocodiles. There is also a butchery, farm shop, tea rooms and children's play area, complete with toy tractors and surrounded by the farm animals.
Marsh Farm South Woodham Ferrers
Visitors to Marsh Farm are handed a daily itinerary on arrival, to ensure they don't miss out on any of the numerous activities on offer. Learning is central to the animal interactions on offer, allowing children to get up close and find out more.
Dalemor Petting Farm North Colchester
This small, family-run business gives children and adults the opportunity to have hands-on experiences with all the animals at the farm, both small and not so small, from rabbits to ponies.
Wroxham Barns Wroxham
At Wroxham Barns you can bottle-feed the lambs; visit the pigs and piglets, guinea pigs, rabbits, pygmy goats, ducks and geese; take part in a pony-grooming session; see what you can spot in the bird hide; let off steam in the Piggy's Play Sty barn, and enjoy a round of mini-golf and the children's funfair.
Lambing at Kentwell Hall Long Melford
Come and visit Dr Dre, the lamb named at the suggestion of Mumsnet Suffolk for his headphone-style ear tags! Kentwell has a large herd of Norfollk Horn sheep, so lambing lasts for several weeks, with a few lambs born every day.
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Crystal Palace Park Farm Croydon
Come and see how a city farm works. Set in the 200-acre grounds of Crystal Palace Park, this farm boats, pigs, chinchillas, goats, parakeets, rabbits, snakes, small lizards, amphibians, alpacas, degus and Shetland ponies.
Maryon Wilson Park Greenwich
The free tours at Maryon Wilson animal park are led by the Park Ranger Service, take under two hours and give children the opportunity to feed, stroke and handle the animals.
Bocketts Farm Park Kingston
Bocketts Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Watch the pig race, take a pony ride, hop on board the tractor and trailer, cuddle cute rabbits and feed the many farm animals. There are always baby animals to see, including lambs, kids, piglets and chicks. Children can also enjoy trampolines, giant slides, a bouncy pillow, two large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails.
Newham City Farm Newham
Opened in 1977, Newham City Farm is one of London's longest established and largest city farms. Home to an extensive range of farmyard favourites and rare breeds, it has everything from a huge Shire horse to tiny birds as well as cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, fish, a peacock and even a harris hawk.
Surrey Docks Farm Southwark
Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about food production. Children can interact with the animals and experience farming life up close!
Mudchute Park and Farm Tower Hamlets
The biggest city farm in the country offers 32 acres of nature in the heart of the Isle of Dogs, with a great collection of British rare breeds and more than 200 animals - from horses and ponies to pigs, sheep and goats, donkeys, ducks, geese, turkeys and other aviary birds, as well as llamas and alpacas.
Nightingale School Farm Tooting
This inspiring school farm was set up with funding from the Tom ap Rhys memorial trust at the school, which was attended by one of his killers. Although the farm is small, there are plenty of animals, with rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, pigs, goats, cows, ferrets, chickens, ducks, a farm dog, cat and reptiles.
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Rare Breeds Centre Ashford
This centre cares for its animals within 100 acres of beautiful Kent countryside. There are lots of fun things to do and see, including seasonal attractions such as lambing, pig racing, and Easter egg hunts.
Hobbledown is a unique farm park adventure based on a fantasy tale written by A J Kecojevic. Based on a 50 acre site, the all-weather attraction is home to more than 200 animals and a multitude of indoor and outdoor adventure play equipment.
Whatever the weather, Farmer Palmer's Farm Park is an ideal family day out. Children can get close to all sorts of farm animals, learn about them and have fun doing so. There are hands-on activities and demonstrations every day.
Trethorne Leisure Park Launceston
All-weather attraction offering large indoor and outdoor play areas, animal activities, bowling alleys, bumper cars, bars, an amusement arcade and restaurant. As well as the indoor and outdoor activities there are barns housing pigs and lambs and a special area for small animal handling. There are ponies to ride, lambs to feed and a cow to milk.
Putlake Adventure Farm Dorset
Suitable for children under 10, Putlake is a real working farm, with animals, tractor rides, outdoor play equipment, picnic areas, trampolines, birds, a pet centre, tearooms and more.
Cotswold Farm Park Cheltenham
Adam Henson, of BBC2's Lambing Live, presents his Cotswold Farm Park. Home to more than 50 species, including rare breeds, you can get up close and personal to the animals.
Heeley City Farm Heeley
Inner-city friendly farm with animals, an under-eights' playground, a cafe and peat-free garden centre. There are often events held on and around the farm, including the annual Heeley Festival.
Bill Quay Community Farm Gateshead
Bill Quay Community Farm gives you the chance to see rare breeds of farm animals such as Tamworth pigs, Longhorn cattle, Bagot goats, Hebrideans sheep and Scots Grey hens. There is also a cafe and shop selling local produce, plus eggs and meat from the farm.
Whitehouse Farm Centre Northumberland
In the small animals petting barn at this farm there are rabbits, chipmunks, ducks, chickens and chicks. Larger animals include goats, cows, ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, reindeer, llamas, skunks and meerkats.
Farmer Parrs Animal World Fleetwood
This children's farm has daily activities and holiday sessions such as pottery, as well as a museum, cafe and play area. Children can enjoy riding on trains, ponies, and even tractors.
Windmill Animal Farm Lancashire
Windmill Animal Farm was first opened to the public in 1992 and offers visitors the chance to experience the everyday running of a working farm and watch, feed and touch the animals, including bottle-feeding the lambs in season. There are indoor and outdoor play areas and pedal tractors that can be ridden around the farm.
Stonebridge City Farm Nottingham
Stonebridge City Farm is a small slice of the countryside in the heart of the City of Nottingham. Along with animals big and small, there are gardens and polytunnels used to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs, and even produce honey; a nature walk where you can see a number of wild birds and butterflies, and amenities such as the cafe and shop.
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