The Somerset area is well known for its farming heritage whether its animals, crops and most famously apples that are turned into delicious Somerset ciders. Let's take a look at some of the farms that welcome visitors to look around, try their produce and see how their farms are run.
Bath City Farm
Bath City Farm has charitable status and was set up by local folk when the farmer decided to leave the farm. Today it is a thriving concern that welcomes hundreds of visitors through its gates regularly as there is plenty to see and do here for adults and children alike. The farm offers amazing views over rolling countryside, animals to see and feed, a fort styled play area, wonderful nature trail and a great on-site farm shop.
Children will love to meet the animals and some of the animals are OK to feed too 9Please ask permission before doing so). Animals cared for at Bath City Farm include
- Dougie and Dougal Miniature Shetland Ponies
- Dexter Cattle the smallest breed in Europe
- Free Range Chickens
- Soay and Wiltshire Horn Sheep
- Pigmy Goats
- Guinea Fowl
The farm is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm and entry is free. The number 10 bus from the centre of Bath runs past the farm, while drivers need to take the Lower Bristol Road out of the town. The farm runs many family events throughout the year and caters for school visits, while donations are welcomed and adopting an animal is also facilitated. Please visit the site for more details.
Puxton Park Farm
Puxton Park is located half a mile from Junction 21 of the M5 Motorway in Somerset and offers a superb outdoor day out for all the family. This award winning site has something for everyone with great attractions that include
- All Weather Play Zone
- Mini Golf
- Miniature Railway
- Giant Fort
- Farmyard Animals
- Working Dairy
- Farm Shop
- Donkey Riding
- Owl Encounter
- Conservation Area
Puxton Park Farm opens seven days a week, while the farm shop closes on Easter Sunday. The farm is home to over one thousand dairy cows, one thousand sheep, pigs, goats, emus, donkeys, ducks, geese, guinea pigs, chickens and alpacas. The farm has regular feeding times daily where kids can join in the fun of helping to give some of the animals their food while learning about how the animals live.
Daily talks are also held where visitors can watch the cows at milking time and hear how the herds are cared for plus a step by step description of how they are milked. It's really fascinating and very informative too! Visiting Puxton Park is an amazing way to spend the day. In fact it's that good kids don’t want to leave!
Somerset Lavender Farm
Visitors to this amazing farm can wander through the fields to enjoy the beautiful colours and fabulous fragrance that covers two five acre areas of land at Somerset Lavender Farm. There are over twenty varieties of lavender grown here that are used to make lavender oil and dried lavender flowers.
Somerset Lavender Farm grows different types of lavender and has amazing areas of interest including
- English Angustifolia
- English Lavender and Hybrid Intermedia Lavender
- Lavender Garden with Rose Arbour
- Healing Garden with Camomile Seat
- Rose and Vegetable Garden
- Willow Tunnel for the Kids
- Plant Nursery
- Farm Shop
Through the summer months visitors may like to attend one of the talks offered here along with demonstrations and tours. The farm shop stocks a huge variety of lavender related products some of which make excellent gifts. The online shop also offers
- Essential Oils
- Dried Lavender Products
- Natural Body Products
- Food and Gifts
The farm opens May through to September on Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and is situated off the A366 in Faulkland Somerset.
Doniford Farm is located on the West Somerset coast on the banks of the Bristol Channel and even has access to the beach which is great! Those who wish to dine can enjoy one of the many meals available in the on-site café, while the farm shop has all kinds of goodies for sale including fresh free range eggs, vegetables, hand-made crafts plus has a scrumptious delicatessen.
Doniford Farm buildings date back to the sixteenth century with one of the barns housing a small museum that has all sorts of interesting artefacts to see from the 19th and 20th centuries. Children will love to run around in the Play Barn, while entry to the farm is free as Doniford Farm relies on donations it receives from visitors who enjoy their visit to finance the farm.
There are also lots of amazing animals to see at Doniford and children will have lots of fun learning about the animals that live here that include
- Giant Tortoise
- Pygmy Goats
- Shetland Ponies
Chew Valley Country Farm
Chew Valley Country Farm is a family run business where visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the Chew Valley while also walking around the eight acre animal area to view the animals cared for here. Chew Valley, located in the Bristol area of Somerset, also has a great café serving all kinds of delicious fare as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Children and animal lovers will adore the lovely animals to be seen here that include
- Pygmy Goats
- Fallow Deer
- Miniature Donkeys
Entrance to view the animals is charged at £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, while some of the animals are also available to buy. Chew Valley also boasts a children's playground along with go karting for the older kids. Large parties of twenty people and over will receive 10% discount on entry when booking in advance.
Chew Valley Country Farm is also a member of the British Alpaca Society and the Pygmy Goats Club, while the farm also will cater for school parties, birthday parties and special events. Farm days are also available to book where participants can spend the day with the animals feeding, grooming and learning about caring for the animals.
Chew Valley has been closed for the winter but the farm reopens on 7th March 2015 right through to early November 2015. A full list of opening times is available at the website.