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.

Not only is the food in the cafe excellent and service lovely; the outdoor play area with tractor/digger themes is perfect for my vehicle-obsessed toddler. Two goats to pet too, plus pick your own fruit in season, and a Hallowe’en pumpkin patch. The produce in the farm shop is wonderful too (although I always spend a fortune in the shop on lovely stuff!), and plenty of parking.

FB Jan 19

My son loves the playground as you can sit in the cafe and watch them play. As well as the pick your own being really good in the picking seasons and the farm shop and cafe food is lovely.

JW Jan 19

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

T: 01759 373023


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Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

Brimham Rocks LogoDistance from York: 29 miles

Nestled just below the Iconic Brimham Rocks on the southern fringe of the Nidderdale AONB, is Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.

A real working farm which allows people through the farm gate to learn about all things farming and countryside.
Although the farm has only been open to visitors a short while it’s not a new venture for the farming couple behind it; it’s an extension of their commitment to connecting farming and education.

On site we offer spacious indoor and outdoor play areas, a café serving home cooked food and delicious cakes, outdoor viewing areas to see the animals and an indoor petting barn with a large variety of friendly animals.

We are open Wednesday to Sunday term time in accordance with NYCC dates and 7 days during the school holidays.

We offer term time weekly “Little Farmer” Sessions on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 10.30am -12.30pm designed for toddlers, allowing them to meet the animals, do a craft, have story time, snack and more.

We have themed fun educational activities each half term. This can be anything from sowing and growing your own fruit and flowers to wild bird feed making.

It’s always worth checking our Facebook page for up to date information.

“We have just been to Brimham Rocks and I can highly recommend it. Loads for the children to do and the staff are very welcoming. Clearly this is a fairly new venture but if they carry on as they are it will be around for a long time! It also helped they were giving away free ice cream and the kids dug for gems which they could keep. It was well worth the drive out. “

MS, Sept 18

“going to brimham rocks the other day and spent just over an hour waking round and quick play in the park”

SK, May 18

Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Hartwith, Harrogate HG3 3HB
T: 01423 779759


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Flamingo Land – Malton

Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK’s most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village,
for fantastic family days out, holidays & short breaks.
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).


“Yeah it’s worth it. A lovely day out. You’ve got the playparks, the zoo, a few of the little rides. x”

KN, Jan 19

I think the rides are great at the winter zoo upto about ages 8 rides are only open on a weekend you’ve also got the sea lion show bird show and keeper talks we go every winter x

KS, Jan 19

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
T: 0871 9118000

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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.”

SB, April 18

“I would recommend Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park”

HL, Jan 19

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.

beetle bank farm is really good, there’s lots of animals and there’s a little petting area where you and you lo can hold/ stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs xx”

SMR, Aug 18

I’ve been it has a lovely small soft play inside perfect for her age! The horses are nice too…More to do for older preschoolers but definitely worth a trip x

JS, Aug 18

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796

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)

Lotherton was fab, lots to do

LE, Sept 18

Lotherton hall, not so many activities but we had a picnic there the other day and it was raining but they have gazebos x

EM, Aug 18

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”

RL, March 18

“For something small and sweet try Minskip farm shop. It’s lovely at the moment there is lamb feeding at 10.15 or 3.45. Really intimate”

LF, April 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 Deffo… we love it there xx”

VG, Jan 2019

“Recommend Monk Park farm, Thirsk x”

VS, Jan 2019


Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG
T: 01845 597730

Piglets Adventure Farm

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.

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

“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

Tropical World – Roundhay, Leeds

Distance from York: 22 miles

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

“loved it! We ate at a café at Roundhay Park which I would recommend xxx”

AR, Jan 2019

Tropical World Leeds. Right next to Roundhay park which has cafe and park. It’s cheap to get in too.

GLK, Jan 2019

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.”

SN, Jan 18

“We spent the day at York birds of prey centre at Huby yesterday. (Not our first visit) The children had a lovely day, we were there for the 11.30 and 1.30 flying display. Lovely to watch and lots of information. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible”

LS, Aug 18

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)

Murton it’s amazing I went as a child and can’t wait to take my little one this year, xx”

BT, Dec 18

“It’s amazing!!!!”

NL, April 18

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966