There is something truly special about the joy that children take in meeting, feeding, petting and cuddling animals. While many of us have dogs, cats, hamsters or guinea pigs at home, it's not every day you get to meet a pig, a sheep, a llama or a Pygmy goat.
Nottingham is full of great animal attractions and activities including farms, horse riding and adventure parks. We've put together a list of some of the best for children who just love all creatures great and small.
White Post Farm is the place to go to see and learn more about chicks, llamas, rabbits, cows, pigs, sheep, ponies, donkeys and lots more animals. Along with all the cuddly animals living at the centre, youíll find a great outdoor play area, a walk-in aviary, mini golf and even an indoor play with a bouncing castle, sandpit and mini farm Ė more than enough activities to keep the kids amused.
At Stonebridge City Farm, entry is completely free and a lovely space in which to pet and feed a huge number of animals, including cows, sheep, goats, plus the rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys. There are various species of birds and insects to be spotted, plus opportunities to learn about growing your very own fruits and vegetables.
With a huge range of activities, including animal handling, an adventure playground, soft play and a restaurant on site, Ferry Farm is an ideal family outing for children who just canít resist cuddling their favourite cute animals.
Animal Adventure at Wheelgate Park White Post, Farnsfield, Newwark 01623 882773 Website: wheelgatepark.com
Wheelgate Park has a dedicated family farm that incorporates over 10,000 square foot of undercover fun. There is the Big Red Barn, home to goats, ponies, donkeys and pigs, plus the Reptile House and Cute Animal Barn. There are Wheelgate Keepers on hand to show you how to handle the animals correctly and a range of activities on offer during the week and on weekends.
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For more family friendly activities in the area, read more at our dedicated Nottingham Mums Group page here.