Farm Days with the Kids in Northumberland
Published: Wednesday 19th Jul 2017
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
If you’re visiting Northumberland this summer, you may be thinking of taking the kids to some outdoor attractions that allows them to run around and let off some energy. Even if the weather is a little wet, visiting a farm can be a great choice. There’s usually plenty of covered areas to duck into, and there will be all the facilities you need (baby changing, buggy bay, cafes, etc) for it to be a comfortable day out.
In Northumberland there are a few farms you can visit:
Whitehouse Farm Centre
This is one of the largest farms in Northumberland – around 40 acres. You’ll find loads of animals including llamas, cows and goats. In the Whitehouse Farm Centre you can find indoor racing cars and an indoor play area. There’s lots of activities to enjoy - whatever the weather!
Eshottheugh Animal Park
This animal park is set in 15 acres of countryside in the heart of Northumberland. There’s a lot of animals to visit, including red deer, Shetland ponies, pigs and donkeys. You can also check out the reptiles. After visiting the animals you can play mini golf or even go on the tractors. There are plenty of places to picnic.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Established in the early 1990s, this farm and visitor tells the tale of bees and honey. You’ll find lots of displays perfect for little kids to follow. Interesting for adults too. You’ll also get the chance to view an observation hive where a living colony of bees can be seen behind glass.
Hexham, Northumberland, England
Perfect opportunity to see some fabulous birds of prey. The best choice for a group with kids is the Family Falconry Experience ticket, or if you are just one adult and one child, the Mini Family Activity Day would be ideal.
On these days you can meet and hold the birds including hawks and owls. You can also visit the Owl Encounter where you can spend 2 hours handling different owls from around the world. There is also a visitor centre.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park
The star attraction of this park is the purebred Chillingham Wild Cattle herd. It is the only one in the world! They can be seen as quite dangerous cows so there are rules you need to follow when you approach them. It really is a unique experience for animal lovers who can also see Fallow Deer and Red Squirrels at the park. The park is also home to over 50 species of birds, so it’s great for bird watchers too.
While you’re here, you can also visit Chillingham Castle, and explore its stately rooms and dungeons. A great day out which lasts the whole day easily.
For more farms and activity centres to visit in Northumberland, check out the dayoutwiththekids guide which is really handy for seeing what’s on in the local area.
For places to stay when you’re in Northumberland, check out Grace Darling holidays. Grace Darling Holidays has the best selection of luxury and pet friendly self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland and Fort Augustus.