Wondering where is good for days out with animals in and around Sheffield? Kids love animals, mine included… we love farms, zoos, aquariums and everything in-between! Here’s a list of our favourite farms in and around Sheffield for kids, including other ideas for days out with animals with zoos and theme parks.
1. We love Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre which is basically a small zoo! We love it as it is a really flexible day out and suitable all year round. They have a fantastic calendar of events throughout the year, we specifically love the Christmas events with a visit to Santa. There’s farm animals, tropical animals, butterfly house, playgrounds, water/sand play, animal encounters and more. Loads to do and great for toddlers. Click here for a blog post with 6 best things to do at butterfly house with a video.
Heeley City Farm | Sheffield
2. Heeley City Farm in Sheffield is community run, small and free to visit. There is a lovely cafe serving home made vegetarian and vegan food, small wooden playground, friendly animals and it’s perfect size for little ones to walk around. There’s areas to explore outside, small animals inside, and hamsters, guinea pigs and birds. Eric loves this place; it just has something special about it. Click here for our blog with video.
Aston Springs Farm, Rotherham
3. Aston Springs Farm, just outside Sheffield (x5 bus to Dinnington). Aston springs farm is more than just animals. There is a nature trail, pond dipping, stoned baked pizza, Aston spring restaurant, small indoor play area, paint & pot studio. We like the trail walking around to see the animals. It’s muddy & lots of fun! There are picnic areas too up by the animals. Click here for our Aston springs farm blog and video.
Graves Park Animal Farm | Sheffield
4. Graves Park Animal Farm in Sheffield is free and is a good option for a cost free day out. Graves park, biggest park in Sheffield, has loads to explore and see, you could spend hours here whatever the weather. There’s woodland trails, ducks, cafe, toddler playground, adventure playground with sand pits, boating lake and more.
Wentworth Garden Centre | Rotherham
5. Wentworth Garden Centre in Rotherham is not just a garden centre! The little farm here is a hidden gem. It costs but for the price (£2.50 adult+child, free under 2) it is worth it. With a good variety of animals and birds, sand pit, big ride on tractors, a covered toddler playground, and an outside playground; you get good value for money. There’s also another playground that is free to use for anyone outside of the farm. Wentworth garden centre is great; click here for a blog with video and photos.
6. Chatsworth farmyard & playgrounds. Chatsworth House is one of my favourite places for an all-round lovely day out in the countryside. The farmyard is small but is well-kept and fun for children; there’s guinea pig handling, small ride-on track with diggers and cars, tunnels and milking demonstrations. The playgrounds just behind the farmyard are amazing. With picnic tables all around and amazing views over the Peak District; it’s such a nice, relaxing place to be. For kids, there’s good water and sand play, toddler play frames and tunnels, swings, a huge rope park and adventure playgrounds even fun for adults. See the blog with all details & video here.
Peak Wildlife Park | Leek
7. We visited here for Eric’s first birthday and had a wonderful day. Peak Wildlife Park (near Alton towers) lets you walk with the animals and get up close as most of the enclosures are open so you can get really close to them and touch them! Eric was particularly a fan of the farm animal yard where you could wander around inside and pet the goats. There’s playgrounds, bouncy castle, indoor soft play, gift shop, cafe and little tike push-alongs to drive restless children around the park if they get tired.
Robin Hood’s Wheelgate All Action Theme & Water Park | Mansfield
8. Wheelgate Park near Nottingham is really worth the money even just for the animals. Tickets for the whole park start from £10, and once you’re in, nothing costs extra. There’s a small zoo, birds of prey, farm animals, handling and feeding sessions, Tropical house and that’s just the animals! The rest of the park has many indoor and outdoor play areas, rides, maze, games, splash park and more. There is so much to do and see here.
White Post Farm | Mansfield
9. Just down the road from Wheelgate is White Post Farm in Mansfield (just outside Nottingham) which is a big place with lots of fun. There’s a big variety of farm animals and the areas are well planned out, keeping it fun to stroll around. There inside barn area has lots of friendly goats to feed. There’s many play areas in all areas around the farm including an inside play space with big slide, Wendy house and toys, animal handling sessions, cafe, outside go kart track, sand pit with diggers and ride-ons and more. We loved it when we went last year.
Wigfield Farm | Barnsley
10. Wigfield Farm is a working livestock farm and base for college courses in Barnsley, in the Worsborough area. There’s countryside views all around and the farm is 10 minutes from a bus stop which goes from Sheffield. The farm is small in size and stripped back to basics; but if you have a child who just wants to see, feed and get up close to animals then you will like this. Eric really enjoyed the variety of animals including lambs, cows, meerkats, ducks, goats and more. Inside you will find a cafe, fish, small animals and there’s a play area outside. Lovely and easy day out for toddlers. See these photos before you go.
11. Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley is very popular with families all over South Yorkshire. It’s a bit of a hassle to get to by public transport so we don’t go a lot but the we do we enjoy a really good family day out. The farm has a big indoor soft play and restaurant, playgrounds, sheep racing, animal barns, playgrounds, animal handling and LOTS OF PIGS! Outside of the farm is the gorgeous Cannon hall gardens which are really pretty and Cannon hall museum is free too; Eric likes the old Victorian kitchens there.
Do you have recommendations? Where’s your favourite place to go and see animals? In or outside of Sheffield! Post them below! Here’s some more ideas… Temple Newsam farm, The Deep and Matlock Farm Park. Don’t forget Yorkshire Wildlife Park, too!