It appears going to one of our brilliant ‘farms’ is a pretty good thing to do right now, especially as they are all reopening – with restrictions in place of course. Let’s be honest, anything that gets us outside has to be a good thing.

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.

Based in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Amelia Trust Farm is a countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy. As a registered charity, they believe no one should be excluded from society. They have a long and proud history of providing therapeutic support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in a Care Farm setting.

During term-time they run a programme for young people who are struggling in mainstream education perhaps because they have suffered abuse or neglect or are statemented with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism. They think that society has given up on them and feel worthless and that life has nothing to offer them. Without the right type of care and support this highly vulnerable group enter adulthood without the life skills people need to cope let alone succeed.

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
  • Children over 90cm                                          £6.50
  • Children under 90cm                                        £4.50
  • Babies in arms                                                 Free
  • Adults                                                             £1.50
  • Adults (with one paying child)                           Free  

Term Time Deals (Mon – Fri  AFTER  3:30pm)  

Meal deal – meal, drink and play all for               £6.00

Or just play :  
  • Children over 90cm                                              £5.00
  • Children under 90cm                                            £4:00         

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

They are open every day of the week from 10am till 5:30pm with last admission at 3:30pm .

They will be closed on 24th to 26th December for a well deserved Christmas break. They are also closed on the 1st January. In line with government phased easing restrictions, they have reopened as an outdoor attraction.

Currently pre-booking is required for all visits. This helps them manage capacity whilst keeping you safe. On successfully booking ticket(s) you will be sent a confirmation email containing your booking reference and a QR code that you will need to show to gain entry.

COST

  • Currently prices start at £8 for a single person ticket and change accordingly, depending how many are in your party. There are also add-ons, such as crazy golf you can book with your main ticket.

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

CWMBRAN

GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY FARM

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visitor numbers are currently limited in order to ensure safe social distancing. All admissions must be booked in advance (you can buy tickets online or by phone on 01633 647662).  Please note, advertised activities and café menus may change due to restrictions in place.

  • 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 lots of measures in place for your safe and enjoyable return to Folly Farm. Read all the re-opening information and get answers to your questions here. Please make sure you’ve secured your visit date on BEFORE purchasing admission tickets online or you can pay on arrival at our entrance tills.

We visited recently and the whole visit was very smooth, from the moment we went through the entrance, to seeing the animals, rides and ordering food.

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

You must pre-book your visit on Eventbrite BEFORE buying admission tickets. You can do that here.

You can buy day entry tickets online or you can pay on the day at admissions. And you only need to visit more than twice in a 12 month period for our annual passes to be the cheapest option based on the standard day admission prices.

Day entry ticketAnnual
pass
Adult£19.95£50.00
Child (3-15 years)£17.95£45.00
Toddler (aged 2)£12.95£30.00
Under 2FreeFree
Senior (60+)£17.95£45.00
Disabled adult£17.95£45.00
Disabled child£15.95£40.00
Disabled toddler£11.95£27.50
Disabled senior£15.95£40.00
Family*N/A£184.00

*Valid for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Please note that if you have a toddler or disabled concession in your family group it may still be cheaper to buy your passes individually due to these passes already being reduced.

Annual pass holders can now visit from 10am without the need to pre-book a ticket on Eventbrite.

They’re extending annual passes in respect of the closures. Your new expiry date will be confirmed when you visit the park for the first time following re-opening. If you’d like to check your extension they’ve put together this extension guide.

ANNUAL PASS PRICES

Adult £50
Child (3-15 years) £45
Toddler (2 years) £30
Senior citizen (60+ years) £45
Disabled adult £45
Disabled child (3-15 years) £40
Disabled toddler (2 years) £27.50
Disabled senior citizen (60+ years) £40

FAMILY ANNUAL PASS

Family annual pass (valid for two adults and two children or one adult and three children) £184

FOLLY FARM is in Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire. For more information, go here. FOLLY

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.

The Park is open however you will need to book your visit in advance. If you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you are a member.

This booking system is in operation for the car park and parking spaces need to be booked in advance of your visit. Tickets may sell out in advance so they advise you to book before the day you would like to visit. The ticket is per car and not per person.

Park opening times are 10am – 6pm – with last entry at 5pm. Your visit can be anytime within this period. Please note the busiest arrival times are 10.30 – 12.30.

PARK MEMBERSHIPS

Visitors with a valid membership will need to use the booking system to book a free parking space. Please ensure the booking is made in the same name and address as the membership details and bring your membership card with you on the day you are visiting.

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 their 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 £6.60. For full details, go here. MARGAM

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