Spring is without doubt the best time for a trip to a farm. Tractors are primed and ready for farm safaris, ponies are champing at the bit for young equestrians, first buds are breaking cover and mini-beasts are out in force. And, once lambing season is underway, between December and early April, the UK's farms come alive with fleecy, gambolling cuteness. Here are our favourite places for fun on the farm.
Lambing is in full swing at Cotswold Farm Park from mid-February and if kids are interested in seeing the miracle live, this is the place. Younger farmers can try their hand bottle-feeding new born lambs or goats and the Touch Barn’s packed with chicks and fluffy baby rabbits at the moment.
Outside, there’s the puzzling park maze and adventure playground. Or, you can sign up for a guided Farm Safari and let kids see the non-fluffy-cuteness side of the country.
The park’s woodland walks are lovely too. If it’s not quite picnic weather, the café is always open for home-baked treats and hot drinks.