We recently visited Swithen’s Farm in Rothwell, Leeds for a cheap, fun day out. Swithen’s Farm is a family run working farm that has opened its barn doors for the public to visit. The free of charge, open farm area has sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and even rabbits and guinea pigs to see, stroke and even feed for 25p. The main idea of the open farm is that it aids in teaching children about their food, where it comes from and how it is produced. This for me is fabulous. As a reluctant meat eater (I am not gonna get into it or else this post will be ridiculously long) I like the idea of having somewhere to take Luca when he is older to explain to him how his food gets to his plate, so he has a greater appreciation and understanding of what he is eating. However, this isn’t forced upon the children so for those who maybe don’t like this idea you can just take them there to see all the lovely animals instead. Although the farm area is not massive, when it’s free who can complain? Plus there were lots of friendly baby animals to have a good stroke of, or even a kiss in my case.
Although this cheeky calf then attempted to steal Luca for a kiss too.
We were very very lucky to be in the barn at feeding time for the lambs and were asked if we would like to help bottle feed them, much to the delight of my friends little boy.
Furthermore, when you’ve finished fussing the animals there is a play barn for the little rascals to burn off some energy including a soft cushioned ball pool for the smallest little people for £4 whilst you treat yourself to a coffee and cake.
The farms produce and other locally sourced produce is sold in the farm shop, and there is a cafe on site too. We spent a good few hours there and will definitely be visiting again soon. Well worth the pennies we did spend in the cafe and play area.