Days Out York

Farms & Zoos

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Balloon Tree Farm Cafe

PrintThe award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family – entertain the children in the brand new play area and visit the animal corner with feeding platform, while you relax in the cafe garden.

Our superfresh homegrown asparagus crop is now ready. The asparagus crop thrives in our sandy soil, being a mediterranean crop, and the quality and taste of the yield benefit tremendously from this. Watch out for the asparagus specialities in the cafe and on the deli in the farmshop.

Our excellent delicatessen serves a wide range of delicious hot and cold goodies. The bakery and deli ovens are also on display so you can see the cakes being baked in all their glory. There is also a sandwich station where superfresh sandwiches will be made to order in front of the customers. We are making it easier for customers to eat on the go with take away tea and coffees from the deli, and a good choice of easy lunches with hot and cold sandwiches and pies to suit busy lifestyles.

Opening Times: Open seven days a week, Farmshop 9am-5.30pm, Cafe 9am – 4.30pm.

“We like balloon tree for breakfast and lovely play area outside plus a couple of goats to visit x”

Mumbler SY, Aug 18

“Balloon Tree is lovely & so easy as they can play outside X”

Mumbler LT, Aug 18

Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)

T: 01759 373023


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Piglets Adventure Farm

Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.
Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.

Get close to farmyard cuties too. You might even see piglets being born in The Piglet Maternity Ward. Plus, stroke and cuddle bunnies and guinea pigs, hold the cutest baby chicks ever, brush the resident Kune Kune pigs (they love this) and even milk a cow. All in all, you’ll find a whole day of fun waiting for you.

And with so much to do you’ll need a bite to eat! Serving delicious snacks, sweet treats and refreshments, there’s plenty of choice. Little ones can even enjoy The Piggy Pen, small soft play corner in Piglets Coffee House.

The special events timetable is second to none. Over Summer there’s extra entertainers, Pig Racing, new Fairy Tale Trail, daily Foam Parties and not forgetting the amazing Pumpkin Festival for October half term. Take a ride on Santa’s Sleigh for the magical Christmas event, it’s one to remember.

Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).

Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.

“We like Piglets for a special treat as there is so much to do there, you could never get bored.”

OP, Nov 2018

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499700


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Sheriff Alpaca Walking Experience

Come and take one of our lovely Alpacas for a walk through our Organic farm. The walk will take you through fields and woodland and will give you a unique opportunity to get to know and love these wonderful creature.

We’re taking booking for the Easter holidays – £20 per adult and £5 per child, for more information visit the website, for group booking discounts please contact us.


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Out of York

If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.

Farms and Zoos

Have you visited a great farm or zoo?  If yes, please tell us about it here so we can add it to the list.

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a brand new visitor attraction in the beautiful historic arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Daily scheduled animal talks. Café/picnic areas.
Open during weekends and school holidays.

“We went today and we were really pleasantly surprised. Lots of different animals to see including reptiles, goats, alpacas, lemurs, meerkats, parrots, wallabies and a few others. The grounds are lovely and pram friendly paths. Also a lovely little pond area with covered seating, a kids playground and an indoor craft room with lots to make and do. Finally the cafe was great. Nice food, reasonably priced and a small baby play area which is a definite bonus to be able to enjoy a coffee!  it’s not huge but perfect for toddlers and little ones to wander round. We will definitely be going back.”

Mumbler SB, April 18

“I just want to recommend Askham Bryan wildlife park for a lovely day out. I went today with my grandson and he had a wonderful time seeing all the animals and listening to the talks given by the wardens. They were all so friendly and he loved touching the tortoises. Under 3’s are free too.”

Mumbler JS, May 17

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

T: 01904 772270

Beetle Bank Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary

Farm, wildlife sanctuary, café.

“We really enjoyed our visit this afternoon. The staff were all very welcoming and the kids loved all the animals especially holding the baby rabbits. Beetle Bank Farm is definitely a place we would like to return to.”

Mumbler NO, May 17

“Shout out to beetle bank open farm in Murton which opened this weekend. My three year old loved it.”

Mumbler CC, May 17

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD

T: 01904 488796

Flamingo Land – Malton

Distance from York: 25 miles

Theme Park and zoo.
Open until November, from 10am. Zoo does open in Winter (Check website for daily closing times as they vary off season).

“Flamingo land is a great idea and lots to do for kids depending on height and under 3s go in for free! The zoo is great!!”

Mumbler CB, April 17

“We had the best day ever with our 2 yr old and didn’t manage to do everything we wanted to. Will defo be taking her back this year while she’s still free! There is some really good water play so if it’s good weather go prepared for that.”

Mumbler BG, Feb 17

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

T: 0871 9118000

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

Distance from York: 15 miles

Lotherton is a very popular place attracting over 3/4 of a million visitors each year
(Wildlife World, House and Chapel, Grounds and Gardens, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play)

“It’s great! They have lots of play areas that your 2yr old would love and baby swings for your 10month old. Lovely to walk around for your dog. They’ve got a bird garden which is lovely to walk around but no dogs are allowed in there just so you’re aware. They house is lovely too but you can’t take a pram around it”

Mumbler RG, Jan 17

“Lotherton is great! I’ve got an annual pass and use it as least once a week!”

Mumbler BH, April 17

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

T: 0113 378 2959

Minskip Farm Shop

Minskip Farm Shop is a fun, food and farm experience! We have cute piglets to feed and two characterful donkeys. In spring, we have baby lambs to bottle feed. We also sell a range of fresh local produce and our own delicious free range eggs.

“There’s donkeys and pigs too and an amazing farm shop”

Mumbler RL, March 18

Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY
T: 01423 329063

Monk Park Farm – Thirsk

Distance from York: 21 miles

Monk Park Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit and is ideal for school visits and educational farm visits. As an Animal Park it is extensive with so much to do.

“Monk park farm is lovely”

Mumbler JT, March 17

“I like monk park farm and easy to manage with two little ones, lots of space to run around for toddlers. There isn’t a great selection of food so I’d take a pack up especially for the little one”

Mumbler LS, Oct 16


Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG

T: 01845 597730

Tropical World – Roundhay, Leeds

Distance from York: 22 miles

Greenhouses filled with UK’s largest tropical plant and animal collections outside of Kew Gardens.

“The cafe is very spacious and good food (sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc.). It does get very hot in the walk through so would recommend lots of layers that you can take off along the way. Takes about 45-60min to see everything! Can have a nice walk round roundhay park afterwards”

Mumbler HB, Dec 16

“It was amazing, take cool clothes we ended up stripping our lb to his vest”

Mumbler CV, March 17

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

T: 0113 237 0754

York Bird of Prey Centre- Huby

Distance from York: 10 miles

There’s eagles, owls and some owls to hold and stroke. Cafe, toilets and baby change.

“So interactive and you can hold a lot of the birds and watch the displays.”

Mumbler SN, Jan 18

“It’s fantastic and you can hold a lot of the birds. Our 13yr old had a great time holding the birds”

Mumbler SN, Dec 17

Burn Hall (round the back), Tollerton Road, Huby YO61 1JB

T: 01347 833214

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton, York

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Also Danelaw Living History, Derwent Valley Light Railway, Nature Trail, Livestock, Playground.
We are CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER UNTIL EASTER (Except for special Christmas/school holiday events)

“I just wanted to really recommend the Yorkshire Museum of Farming after a really lovely afternoon there today with my 2 year old. She would have been happy to just stay in the first room (toys, games, colouring, books)! The rest was great too-animals, play equipment, sandpit, train etc”

Mumbler AH, April 17

“It’s amazing!!!!”

Mumbler NL, April 17

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

T: 01904 489966