From tractors to an indoor sand area, Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages. Hesketh Farm Park is located just one mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey, and with this and the Embsay Steam Railway on its doorstep, you can have an action packed family day out.
If like me, you have a child who would prefer to drive a tractor than stroke a guinea pig, Hesketh Farm Park is the ideal location for a day out.
We are blessed with a wide range of petting farms close to us in East Lancashire, but my two year old has always been a reluctant animal lover. Whilst he will quite happily tell you what noise a wide range of animals make whilst sat at home, he will shy away if you put him in front of a real live animal.
Hesketh Farm Park was therefore perfect for him. He did show some interest in the guinea pig petting area, even plucking up the courage to stroke one and he happily looked around at the sheep, pigs, donkeys and cows.
But, it was when we arrived at the indoor play area which includes tractors suitable for all ages, a straw maze and a giant sandpit that he really began to enjoy himself. Weather permitting, there are also tractor rides and a sandpit outside, as well as a real life tractor to sit in.
Another highlight of the visit for him, and many of the other children there that day, was the giant tortoise which was roaming free on the grass outside the main barn.
• There is a large indoor area with picnic tables and highchairs. You can buy food there or take your own. If we went back, we would take our own because the café only served ham, cheese and tuna sandwiches on large teacakes in addition to sausage rolls, teas and coffees, crisps, cakes and chocolate bars. There is also a microwave provided for heating up baby food.
Adults £5.00, children £5.50, under 2s £2.50 and under 1s are free. Family tickets can also be purchased.
You could also combine your visit with a trip to Bolton Abbey or the Embsay steam railway.