A Great Family Day Out at Cotswold Farm Park
You don’t have to look very far to find dozens of ‘family farm attractions’ across the UK. Trouble is, some scraggy chickens, a lonely donkey and a hokey gift shop doesn’t necessarily make for a great day out. Don’t panic, as here at Dormy we keep our ear to the ground to find the best places to see and do. No trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a stomp around a farm, and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park just 8 miles from us, is an unmissable experience..
When Adam’s father, Joe, first opened the farm in 1972, it was the first of its kind in the world – a publicly accessible centre dedicated to raising awareness of the UK’s heritage farm animals and ensuring the survival of rare-breed cattle, sheep, pigs and other livestock. The farm passed to Adam (whom you might have spotted on Countryfile) in 1999, and today it’s probably the best place in the country to discover some of Britain’s rarest native breeds in the flesh, see sustainable farming practices in action, and enjoy a handson experience of agricultural life.
This is no dry and dusty barn, however – it’s a genuinely fascinating and extremely fun day out. Kids and adults alike can get involved in looking after rabbits and chicks, bottle-feed the irresistible baby goats and see cows being milked in the traditional way.
Visitors come nose-to-snout with some of the most unusual farm animals in the British Isles, including hirsute highland cattle, dinky kune kune pigs, bagot and boer goats and many more. As well as the opportunity to feed the resident livestock, and take a tractor tour of the grounds, visitors stand a good chance of seeing Adam himself getting stuck into the day-to-day jobs at the farm.
Plus, there’s a corker of a café, a two-mile nature trail and a team so dedicated and friendly you’ll want to take them home with you – assuming you haven’t already filled the car with baby goats, that is… Check out the website and give them a visit – you won’t regret it!