11 Reasons to visit Cannon Hall Farm this spring

Canon Hall Farm in the Spring

Nothing says spring like a visit to the farm does it?!  We first visited Cannon Hall Farm a couple of years ago with the Butlers and I’ve been dying to go back ever since.  I knew I wanted to go in the spring-time when we had the best chance of seeing lots of baby animals so was it featured fairly highly on our list of adventures for this Easter.

As luck would have it our Easter holidays are a little wonky this year so not a lot of people seem to have been off this first week – I know that schools in York and Sheffield haven’t finished yet which meant that a trip to Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley was perfectly timed.  I had expected we would benefit from it being a little bit quieter but in all honesty it was far quieter than I could have ever imagined – which meant no queues for the toilet, no struggling to find somewhere to sit at the indoor play and a super view wherever we went, it was an all round win to be honest.  Well aside from being absolutely flipping freezing.  The spring sunshine finally appeared mid-afternoon but it would have been a much nicer day had it been a bit brighter from the off!

We're going on an adventure to Cannon Hall Farm

Eleven Reasons to visit Cannon Hall Farm:

It’s lovely and clean – my friend Hannah doesn’t like Cannon Hall Farm as she think it’s “too clean and sanitised” and not like a real farm.  I totally get where she’s coming from but honestly, when I’m visiting with three kids for the day – the cleanliness is a huge factor for me, it just makes it a much nicer place to be and an easier day out all round!

There’s plenty of space for picnics – there are a number of large picnic tables just outside the farm which we used on this visit and plenty of grassy space to sit on if the tables are full.  But, if you don’t want to picnic . . . there are several options for buying food on site and if you spend £10 on food in the cafe areas then your £3 car parking charge is knocked off.

The ice creams are lovely – it was too flipping cold for ice cream when we visited this time (we plumped for cups of tea and hot chocolate) but I do remember them being delicious last time we visited.

Milking display – for  Amy, who absolutely loves cows, being able to watch them getting milked is a bit special.  The milking display at Cannon Hall Farm is purely for demonstration – just a couple of cows are milked whilst a member of staff talks about the process.

Milking at Cannon Hall Farm

Actual real live lambing – we were lucky enough to see three lambs born on Tuesday, two with intervention from staff and one without any help at all.  This was a pretty special experience and something we’ve talked about quite a bit since.  ( I even managed to capture one birth on film – the video is at the end of the post if you want to see!)

Variety of outdoor play areas for different ages – the only downside to this is when you have three children and one more suited to a different play area than the other two!  Luckily because we had Aunty M and Granny with us we were able to split up a bit.

Play area at Cannon Hall Farm

Indoor play area – This is a relatively new addition to Cannon Hall Farm, it certainly wasn’t there the last time we visited a few years ago.  I loved that it meant we had somewhere to sit down and warm up whilst the kids burned off some energy.  It’s one of those soft play set ups where it can be quite difficult to see your children and I lost mine for a good few minutes but I’m lucky that they are of an age now where I can trust them to come back to wherever I’m sat if they’ve got a problem and they’re really good at keeping an eye on each other for me.

Raised viewing areas – for both watching lambing and milking the raised platforms were an absolute god send.  We were able to get a really clear view of what was going on without having to lift anyone up or get in anyone’s way.

Watching lambing at Cannon Hall Farm

Friendly helpful staff – all the staff we encountered on our trip this week were lovely.  They were all happy to chat to the kids about what they were doing, answering questions and even explaining right in the middle of lambing what was going on with a particular ewe who needed some help with giving birth because her lambs were in an awkward position.  This meant that the kids had a real understanding of what they were watching and were able to tell Daddy all about it later!

Baby animals – we loved being able to see so many baby animals of different ages, from fresh born that day through to months old.  Being able to see the animals being born or feeding with their mummies was a real talking point for us and all three children learned such a lot from seeing things close up

Piglets at Cannon Hall Farm

A family ticket for four cost us £26 this week (but is £30 during peak season) and by the time you’ve added parking, fuel, a picnic and hot drinks onto that it’s not a cheap day out but it was absolutely worth every single penny.  Next time we go back we’re taking Daddy too!

47 thoughts on “11 Reasons to visit Cannon Hall Farm this spring

  1. We haven’t been for ages but it’s a great day out, isn’t it? The ‘too clean’ comment made me laugh. I grew up on a farm and yes, Cannon Hall Farm is much cleaner than the one I grew up on but I also say, no way would anyone be having a picnic in the farm yard I grew up on either! Thanks for linking with #YorkshireFamily

  2. That last picture of the pig is like… life!! It looks so warm and lovely. We have been to a lot of city farms but not an actual countryside farm so this looks amazing.

    Emmie xo

  3. It looks like you had a blast with your family! Since I live in the city, I rarely see farms- I’d love to check this place out.

  4. Sounds like such a lovely farm, not been to a farm for years! I am sure my family would enjoy visiting here.

  5. This looks like such a lovely outing, especially in the spring time when there are plenty of baby animals to be seen. It’s wonderful you were able to see the birth of three lambs while you were there, that alone would have been worth the trip.

  6. I have never visited a farm before but I can see what a great day out with the family can be. The fact that Cannon Hall is very clean it’s definitely a plus, you don’t want to visit a farm and step in poop by mistake. It’s lovely that you can have picnics there too and see baby animals. Those piggies are so cute.

  7. i live in sheffield which is not far from cannon hallfarm so i have been a few times and i do think it is a good family attraction- it has everything; playgrounds, animals, soft play, and the museum and gardens are good too, not part of the farm but did you manage to make time to go in there? personlly i’m not a fan of the raised platforms,though.

    1. No, we’ve not been to the museum and gardens before – to be honest we ran out of time just in the farm.
      I love the raised platforms, I think they give little ones a far better chance of seeing things without being lifted up all the time x

  8. This looks like a lot of fun and it seems that you picked the perfect time to visit! It can spoil it if the place is too busy.

    Jodie x

  9. This place sounds fantastic. And not far from my neck of the woods when i’m in the UK. Thanks for sharing. The food tip with the parking reimbursed is a great idea, and I’m loving the fact it all sounds clean. I took my toddlers to a great Farm here in the Paris suburbs last week, and the highlight for my son was playing with the goat poo – don’t suppose there is much that can be done about that!!! Kate x #TriedTested

  10. This looks like a lovely place to visit. I’ve seen a few places like this that have recently added an indoor play barn and it’s perfect. It means that on the slightly chiller days you know you can go indoors to warm up and still have fun x

  11. It looks like you all had a great day out – seeing the lambs being born must have been very exciting! And that picture with all the piglets is just adorable 🙂

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