When I had previously looked up about Wigfield Farm and Wosborough Mill and Country Park in Barnsley, I found that they were not very far apart from each other. Eric loves farms, and exploring in the woods; I love museums, and free days out… so, these two paired together sounded pretty good to me!
Here’s our days out at Wigfield Farm and Worsborough Mill in Barnsley; a double whammy!
We planned to do Wigfield first, and Worsborough Mill & country park in the afternoon. I had been to neither before, so didn’t know what to expect! We got the bus 265 which stops a quick 10 minute stroll away through a village to Wigfield Farm (signposted).
Wigfield Farm video:
Things I loved about Wigfield Farm…
- It’s stripped back and very basic BUT there’s friendly animals that children can feed, space to run around outside, a playground, a gift shop and places to eat (picnic areas inside and outside, and a cafe).
- It’s all about the animals. There’s nothing fancy, but it is a place of education and a base for Barnsley College Horticulture and Animal Management courses. You can feel the good work behind the farm and the animals are well kept & there is a good variety of them. And it means that children can enjoy it being a farm and spend time with the animals rather than get distracted by other things.
- The outside barns are spread out with nice views, but not too big for little ones to explore on foot. It was nice to feel like there was a walk involved, and not just going from one barn to the other.
- The animals are SO FRIENDLY! And there’s animals you don’t always see at small farms. Such as cows, alpaca, aviary and meerkats.
- Lots of small animals such as bunnies, guinea pigs and ducks.
- Animal feed is sold in generous bags for £1. We bought two; you really would be fine with just one!
Wigfield Farm is the type of place that has no-strings-attached. If you’re looking for a good day out with tons of attractions for you and all the family, you’ll be disappointed. But, if your children want a few hours to get up close to friendly farm animals, have a wander around, have some food, and maybe a treat from the gift shop, it’s worth a visit. We spent a few hours there, and I would go back. Eric loved the place. There are lots of farms to visit, some huge, some small community run, other free and some charge; I can’t put my finger on why I liked Wigfield Farm… maybe because it felt different; the variety of animals, the outside space, the school feel. It was just basic and sometimes that is what you need. It was lovely, anyway!
After Wigfield, it’s just around the corner to Worsborough Mill. I was so excited; I love walks and museums, and this is free to visit.
Things I loved about Worsborough Mill and country park…
- There are lots of quiet and picturesque woods to explore, it’s very peaceful. There’s 240 acres of country park surrounding the 17th century working mill.
- Kids love the playground which is of decent size, wooden and well-kept.
- Trails are signposted around the mill but you can easily explore in any direction of your own; it’s easy to assume where you are going and hard to get lost. We headed past the playground, over a bridge, and up to the water.
- Cows are grazing out in the fields which encouraged my toddler to keep on walking up the reservoir for fantastic views over the water.
- The bridge over the reservoir were spectacular! Many “wows” when we reached up there.
- Eric was able to run across at his own speed, looking over the railings to the ducks and water below and I didn’t have to worry at any point because it was all safe.
- There is a “viewing” platform as I liked to call it; it was sooooo pretty! Really great picture opportunities.
- Once across the bridge on the reservoir you’re pretty much back at the beginning and you end up at the museum. This walk took us about 1.5 hours with Eric who is only 20 months old so he’s quite slow, but he walked THE WHOLE WAY! Which is the first time he has completed a walk on his own.
- The museum is free to visit too, educational, old and sooo interesting. Being able to see the water mills and the wheels was cool, and Eric found exploring the museum fascinating; he was all “ooo” and gasps at the machinery, wonky steps and stoned walls to adventure around on.
- The cafe was a nice surprise… we popped in for a coffee and it found a total hidden gem! It was so homely with cute decor, a little kids corner with jigsaws and colouring, homemade cakes, good coffees, nice staff. It wasn’t your typical museum or family attraction cafe at all, it felt like an independent special cafe. There was outside seating with good views.
With the first half of the day being animals, and the second half of the day filled with a good walk full of fresh air and good views… it was a overall cracker of a day. Worsborough Mill is especially lovely… and great that it is free. You could go just for the walk, but don’t miss exploring the museum. As we had already done a morning out at Wigfield we couldn’t hang around really, but you could make it as slow or as long as you like.
Thank you for reading and watching! I hope this gave you some ideas for two nice days out. For more days out with animals, you can see My Top 11 list here and if you love the outdoors and walking, see these ideas for 6 beautiful family walks.