Cannon Hall Farm’s days as a best kept secret amongst the locals are long gone as it is fast becoming one of Yorkshire’s most popular family attractions. This isn’t just a great day out but many!!!!
Highland cattle, llamas, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, Shetland ponies, pheasants, birds of prey. These are just some of the animals waiting to greet you at Cannon Hall Farm.
This is a working farm which encourages everyone to interact with the animals and farm life in general, providing a great mix of fun and education for kids and adults alike.
The lambing season takes place between January and April but pigs and the rest of the menagerie are born throughout the year so there is always the opportunity to see new arrivals whenever you visit. During the lambing season the farm holds a “Lambing Live” day where with a bit of luck, you will witness the birth of some baby lambs.
Squid and Me loved …. Watching the sheep racing competition. Yep that’s right, jumps and all. We chose the winning sheep and won a family ticket for 4 for our next visit.
There is also an excellent small animal petting area which is always a must see. When we went we were able to spend time stroking the rabbits and guinea pigs. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.
A word of warning though. Don't expect to leave without being pestered by cries of "Mummy, pleeeeease can we have one" and "I promise Dad I will look after it... Yes I will clean the rabbit hut, everyday."
Climbing, Jumping, Swinging, Sliding, Crawling…
The adventure playground is the latest addition to Cannon Hall Farm. It’s certainly best we’ve been to. You’ll find it difficult to draw the kids away from the fantastic climbing forest, ropes and pyramids.
It also is home to the largest tube maze in Europe. The kids can peak through the clear domes as they try and work their way around this fantastic puzzle. Squid loved playing hide and seek with her brother in here.
The playground caters for all age ranges and includes a specially designed area for younger children to enjoy the fun.
There is plenty of seating available for mums and dads whilst the Little Trekkers immerse themselves in this outdoor play paradise.
A Touch of History
When it’s time to take a break from the animals and playground there is plenty more to enjoy.
Cannon Hall itself is the former home of the Spencer Stanhope family and is now a museum. It is surrounded by 70 acres of grounds and gardens to explore. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your picnic, the tearoom offers great value for money or your can visit the extensive farm shop and deli with plenty of local produce. If you time it right you may get the sausage rolls as they come out of the oven. Delicious.
Oh, and one last thing (sshhhh, you might want to keep this to yourselves), there is a toy and gift shop too!
A Stone’s Throw Away
- Wentworth Castle, Stainborough - The estate has been the subject of a major restoration project and was featured on BBC’s “Restoration”. Set in 500 acres and with a fascinating family history it is well worth a visit.
- Elsecar Heritage Centre - Located within the former ironworks and colliery workshops of the Earl Fitzwilliam. The historical buildings are now home to variety of shops and galleries (including Little Trekkers). You can also take a ride on the Elsecar Heritage Railway or take a walk along the scenic Trans Peninne Trail.
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton - Where the beautiful Yorkshire countryside meets contemporary sculpture including works from Henry Moore, Antony Gormley and Barbara Hepworth. Most importantly, there are lots of hills for your Little Trekkers to run up and down to their hearts content.
- National Miners Museum, Wakefield - Go 450m underground to see one of the oldest working mines in the country. There is also a nature trail and you can meet the ponies who played such an important part in the coal mining industry.
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