Top 11 Days out with animals in and around Sheffield including zoos, farms and aquarium

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Wondering where is good for days out with animals in and around Sheffield? I love getting messages from you guys asking for recommendations, and one that comes up often is farms and zoos! Kids love animals, mine included, so here are some of our favourite places to go and see animals.

I prefer farms to zoos, especially at Eric’s age. We have been to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and ZSL London Zoo but at this age, they’re just too big for Eric. I love smaller places at the moment.

tropical butterfly house, Sheffield
Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

1. We love Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre which is basically a small zoo! 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.

2. Heeley City Farm in Sheffield is community run, small and free to visit. There is a lovely cafe, small playground, animals and it’s perfect size for little ones to walk around. Eric loves this place. Click here for our blog with video.

Heeley city farm, Sheffield

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.

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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… the playgrounds are really good too.

5. Wentworth Garden Centre in Rotherham has a farm for kids that we really like. It costs but for the price (£2.50 adult+child, free under 2) it is worth it. Animals, big sand pit, big ride on tractors, a covered toddler playground, and an outside playground. 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.

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Play area at Wentworth Garden Centre family farm

6. Chatsworth farmyard & playgrounds. Chatsworth House is one of my favourite places and you might have already seen our video/blog from a few weeks ago. The playgrounds are just amazing. Good water and sand play, huge rope park and adventure playgrounds even fun for adults. A little toddler ride on area, animals, guinea pig handling. Plus amazing views! See the blog with all details & video here.

Chatsworth house farmyard and playground
Tractor inside the farmyard at Chatsworth House

7. More like a zoo, but last year for Eric’s first birthday we went to Peak Wildlife Park (near Alton towers) we were staying in the area for a holiday at Ashbourne. This place is unique as all of the enclosures are open with walk throughs, even the farm animals, so you can get really close to them and touch them!

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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. There’s a small zoo, birds of prey, farm animals, handling and feeding sessions, Tropical house. Then the rest of the park has lots of indoor and outdoor play areas, maze, games, splash park and more.

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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. Loads of play areas including an inside with big slides and Wendy houses etc, animal handling sessions, cafe, go karts, sand pit with diggers. We loved it when we went last year.

10. There is a small aquarium in Matlock Bath which costs next to nothing! For a few quid you can see some fish, karp, and a hologram museum upstairs. Read the blog here.

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11. Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley is very popular & we have been a few times! It’s a bit of a hassle to get to by public transport so we don’t go a lot but it is huge with SO much to do! A really good family day out. The farm has a big indoor soft play and restaurant, playgrounds, sheep racing, animal barns, etc. 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? In or outside of Sheffield! Post them below! Here’s some on my list for this year: Official Wigfield Farm, Temple Newsam farm, The Deep and Matlock Farm Park.

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