Hesketh Farm Park is situated just a mile away from the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Bolton Abbey with its famous abbey ruins and spectacular scenery. From the 10-acre farm, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales countryside and watch the steam trains from the Bolton Abbey Steam Railway puff along the scenic valley below. The location for Hesketh Farm Park really is idyllic but it has far more to offer than pretty views and clean country air.

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Run by husband and wife team, Chris and Sue, Hesketh Farm Park still operates as a working farm with over 1,000 livestock on-site. Farm parks are immensely popular with families and this gem of a place really is one of the best in the area. There is much to see and do so you could easily spend a whole day there without the little ones getting bored.

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At specific times throughout the day, the team at Hesketh Farm Park provide opportunities for you and the kids to get hands-on with the various animals living on the farm. A really wonderful experience for children, especially toddlers and pre-schoolers who seem to have a natural fondness for all things fluffy! There’s calf feeding, donkey feeding, pony brushing, egg collecting, and when the lambs are still young, you can feed them too. The animal encounters do not end here! They’ve also got giant tortoises, pigs and piglets, goats, hens and chicks, ducks, guinea pigs, donkeys, a horse, and beautiful Shetland ponies.

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Once you’ve met all the animals of Hesketh Farm Park, you can enjoy your own refreshments at one of their indoor or outdoor picnic areas. They also have a great on-site cafe serving hot and cold drinks, ice-creams, home baking, light bites, and snacks. As regards to playing, they have an excellent outdoor play area where the kids can climb, swing, slide and build sandcastles when the weather allows. Farmer Chris also offers tractor rides which are a great way of teaching the kids about life on a working farm. Once they’ve done all there is to do outside, their inside play area offers more playground equipment plus pedal tractors and a giant maze.

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Admission prices for 2019 are £6.00 for adults, £6.50 for children and £3.50 for under 2’s. Babies under the age of 1 can enter for free and the farm is accessible for prams. They also have two baby changing rooms and a microwave is available for heating baby food.

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Hesketh Farm Park really does offer a fantastic day out for the whole family, regardless of the weather. If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend or during half-term that won’t break the bank, then head over to their website to plan your visit. You won’t regret it!

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