We want to bring this page back as it appears going to one of our brilliant ‘farms’ is a pretty good thing to do. Let’s be honest, anything that gets us outside has to be a good thing.

We have updated where we can, and there are links to each venue. Please bear in mind however, that everything is moveable, especially in the current situation. What you will get are some great ideas of places to visit and have fun.

A day on a farm is a fantastic thing to do with the kids. To see their eyes light up and their confidence grow as they pluck up the courage to step a little closer to the animals is a sight to behold. Some of my favourite pictures are those of my lad, wellies on, food in hand, edging ever closer to the pigs and sheep.

So here is the start of the SOUTH WALES LIFE guide to family-friendly farms on our doorstep. The list will be expanding over the coming weeks and we’ll update the details, prices etc as soon as we have it to hand. So maybe bookmark this page and come back regularly.

You don’t have to muck out at these farms, but you will absolutely muck in with feeding and petting. A lot of the places have so much more than just the animals and can pretty much guarantee a full day out for the whole family.

BARRY

AMELIA TRUST FARM

The AMELIA TRUST FARM is a fully working farm on a massive 160 acres site. It was actually donated to the Methodist Church and historically has been a livestock farm. Now, it has a revitalised oak and hazel coppice woodlands, ponds and a natural wetland meadow.

The many friendly farm animals are accessible to the public all year round, either in the Animal Centre during the cold winter months, or out in the special paddocks during the rest of the year.

  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Parking On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly

OPENING TIMES

  • Summer
    Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
  • Winter
    Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

COST

  • Free admission on Weekdays
  • General Admission (Weekends & Holidays)
    Adults: £2.00
    Kids: £1.50
    Under 2’s: Free
    Family: £5.00
  • Pets allowed
  • Dogs are welcome
  • Car Park Donation: £3.00

The AMELIA TRUST FARM is at Whitton Rosser on Five Mile Lane, Walterston in Barry. It’s easily accessible on the A4226 Bonvilston to Barry Road. To find out more just go here. AMELIA

BRECON

CANTREF ADVENTURE FARM

CANTREF is so much more than a farm with masses of things to enjoy at this award winning centre. You can go riding, stay there, take part in special events and the list goes on.

As a farm however (which this guide is) you can choose from – bottle feeding pigs, going crazy in the play zone, holding hamsters, pony rides, pet racing, adventures through swamps, a badger quest and have encounters with so many animals. There are indoor and outdoor areas, as well as tractor rides.

COST

0 – 2 years Free
3 years – 16 years£6.75
Adults (1 free adult with every 10 paying children)£6.75


Tailored visits to meet your needs
• Large heated indoor play barn
• Large indoor animal barns to give all weather access to animals.
• Numerous hand washing facilities
• Active breeding programme with many young animals to see.
• Supervised animal based activities and demonstrations included**
• Tractor and Trailer rides (April – October)
• Lots of indoor and outdoor seating areas
• Gift shop selling many pocket money items (Gift bags can be arranged prior to your group arrival)
• Cafe serving hot and cold drinks and homemade food and cakes.
• Large, safe, free car parking area for cars and coaches
• Plenty of fresh air and space.

CANTREF ADVENTURE FARM is in Cantref in Brecon. For more details, just go here. CANTREF

BRIDGEND

WIGGLEYS FUN FARM

Wiggleys is fantastic for the little ones and a perfect place for them to play. The nice thing is, no matter what the weather holds, they can still have a great time with a large indoor and outdoor adventure play area. The kids can slide, jump, climb and crawl as long as they like. There’s also a babies’ barnyard with cute little animals around to make anyone sigh with delight. Don’t forget to take lots of picture too.

The farm really is a place for kids of all ages – Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Parking On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly

OPENING TIMES

  • Term Time
  • Monday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
  • School Holidays
  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
  • Closed 25th – 26th December

COST

  • General Admission
  • Adults: £1.00 (Free with child)
  • Kids (over 90cm): £6.50
  • Kids (under 90cm): £4.50
  • Babies in arms: Free

WIGGLEYS FUN FARM is on the Aberbaiden Road at Ffordd y Gyffraith Cefn Cribwr in Bridgend. For more information, go here. WIGGLEYS

CARDIFF

CEFN MABLY FARM PARK

CEFN MABLY FARM PARK is totally designed with the kids in mind. There is so much heated and undercover play areas for children at this menagerie between Newport and Cardiff. Pony rides, picnic areas and plenty of opportunities to get close to some amazing animals feature, as well as a special play area for under-fours.

  • Restaurant
  • Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Parking On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly

OPENING TIMES

  • Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Last entry is one hour before closing

COST

  • All Ages (18 Months +) from £4.50
  • Family from £24.00

CEFN MABLY FARM PARK is on Began Road, Cardiff. To find out more, go here. CEFN

CWMBRAN

GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY FARM (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

This is a beautiful 250-year-old farmhouse which is now the home of GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY FARM. This ancient site is packed with cattle, pigs, sheep, feral cats, bees and goats. There are 120 acres to discover and fall in love with, including a great café which serves food grown on the farm.

  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site

OPENING TIMES

  • 1st February – 23rd December
  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
  • Last admission one hour before the farm closes

COST

  • Adults: £6.50
  • Kids (2-16): £5.40
  • Under 2’s: Free
  • Concessions: £5.40
  • Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £23.50

Dogs are welcome.

GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY FARM is on Greenforge Way in Cwmbran. For more details, go here. GREENMEADOW 

PEMBROKESHIRE

FOLLY FARM

FOLLY FARM is much more than just a farm, although the family who run it are very much farmers. You can visit over 750 animals at the zoo, and get up close to furry and feathery farmyard friends in the barn. Choose from 17 different rides in our vintage fairground, or enjoy eight adventure play areas.

They’ve got 120 acres of fun so there really is something for everyone! Opened to the public as a hands-on dairy farm in 1988, and 25 years later it attracts stacks of awards and 400,000 annual visitors. A Piggery and a Ferret Farm are a couple of highlights to look out for.

  • ATM
  • Restaurant
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly

COST

2020 Prices

Gate priceOnline priceAnnual pass
Adult£16.95£15.26£46.95
Child (3-15 years)£14.95£13.46£41.95
Toddler (aged 2)£10.95£9.86£26.95
Under 2FreeFreeFree
Senior (60+)£14.95£13.46£41.95
Disabled Adult£14.95£13.46£41.95
Disabled Child£12.95£11.66£36.95
Disabled Toddler£9.95£8.96£23.95
Disabled Senior£12.95£11.66£36.95

New for 2020

Family Annual Pass£172.00

Valid for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. If you have a toddler in your family group then please note it’s cheaper to buy your passes individually because the toddler annual pass is already heavily discounted.

FOLLY FARM is in Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire. For more information, go here. FOLLY They are also part of the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme

PORT TALBOT

MARGAM COUNTRY PARK (THIRD STAGE OPENING)

MARGAM COUNTRY PARK is an incredible place if you’ve never bee before. If you have, you’ll know just how much there is to explore across its 1000 acres of countryside. With a castle, orangery, deer park, visitors’ centre, lake, narrow gauge train, farm trail, Fairytale Village and adventure playground one visit is never enough.

Kids between 6 and 12 years old will love the Adventure Playground with its castle theme, sky run and elevated walkway! The farm trail is really great fun too. Glamorgan cattle, Llanwenog and Badger Face sheep, Welsh pigs and Buff Orpington hens are just some of the rare breed animals you can see along the way. All the animals have been chosen traditionally by local farmers and smallholders for both their hardiness and the produce such as milk, fleece, meat or eggs that they provide.

They look after our livestock carefully, each type of animal has its own enclosure shelter and food. The Glamorgan Cattle are their speciality. You may have seen the herd in the fields next to the main car park. They can be recognised by their chestnut coloured coat and broad white stripe along the backbone, down the tail and under the belly. It was thought that the Glamorgan breed had died out in Britain in the 1920’s. Fortunately a herd was discovered in 1979 in Sussex, and the entire stock was purchased and brought back to the park, ensuring the survival of the breed.

  • Restaurant
  • Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Parking On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly

OPENING TIMES

  • 1st April – 2nd September
    Monday to Sunday 10:00 -17:00
  • 3rd September – 31st March
    Saturday to Sunday 10:00 – 16:30

Dogs are welcome

Although admission is FREE please check that the date of your visit does not coincide with a ‘special event’ being held at the Park, for which per person entry charges apply. This per person charge is the ONLY entry charge for these days – the Free Entry with Parking charges does not apply on Special Event days.

On Bank Holidays there is a charge ranging from £4.00-£9.00 per adult and £3.00-£7.00 per child depending on the event, on these days this per person entry fee is the only entry fee that applies.

Here’s a few things for you to download ahead of your visit……..

MARGAM COUNTRY PARK is in Port Talbot and has so much to see and admission is FREE to get in, the car park is £6. For full details, go here. MARGAM

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