The delights of the Welsh countryside are never far from your front door. You don’t have to muck out at these farms, but you’re welcome to muck in with feeding, petting and other activities.
Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire
Folly Farm originally 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, not to mention the adventure play area and Vintage Funfair.
Foel Farm Park, Anglesey
Cardigan Island, Ceredigion
On an off-shore site overlooking a nature reserve, Cardigan Island is a clifftop wonder welcoming a cast of dolphins, grey seals, pups, porpoises, seabirds and numerous other maritime visitors. Say hello to the hill-dwelling prairie dogs, Tex and Mex, Llinos the llama and Bruce the wallaby from Australia, joined by Vietnamese pigs.
Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
A 250-year-old farmhouse is the base for Greenmeadow Community Farm. This ancient site is the home of cattle, pigs, sheep, feral cats, bees and goats. There are 120 acres to poke through and fall in love with here, including a great café which serves food grown on the farm.
Children's Farm Park, Llanfair
Llanfair, near Harlech, is the setting for the Children's Farm Park where you can easily keep the kids enthralled for a day. Pigs, calves and pigmy goats are a few of the locals, and there’s an indoor sandpit, crazy golf and plenty of café and picnic areas.
Cefn Mably Farm Park, Cardiff
Cefn Mably Farm Park has been designed with children in mind, there are thousands of feet of 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.
Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno
Cosy and picturesque but set within an expansive park near the seafront, Bodafon Farm Park stars a Dartmoor ram, donkeys, clumsy cattle, pigs, rabbits and ducks. Relax and take a view of the paddocks from the picnic space, and look out for the birds of prey and events programme.
Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon
There are dozens of activities to enjoy at the award-winning Cantref Adventure Farm. For starters, take your pick from bottle feeding pigs, rampaging through a play zone, handling hamsters, pony rides, pet racing, adventures through swamps and a badger-themed quest. There are indoor and outdoor areas, as well as tractor rides.
Greenacres Animal Park, Flintshire
Whatever animals you or your kids love, you’ll be able to give them some TLC and feed them at Greenacres Animal Park. Birds, owls, pigs and dogs feature highly, and young ones feeling brave can grab a saddle and go on horseback. Llamas and a cheeky Halloween spookfest also appeal.
Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon
A husband and wife team originally created Gypsy Wood Family Fun Park to care for Simba, a small horse born with deformed legs. Almost a decade on, he’s at the centre of a gaggle of happy donkeys, goats, pot-bellied pigs and other friends, including the smallest breed of sheep in the world. There's also the biggest garden railway in Wales and mini-diggers to enjoy.