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Piggin Around At Farrowby Farm


After seeing a post on Farrowby Farm Facebook announcing the arrival of piglets I thought we would go along to see if we could catch a glimpse. Located just 9 minutes southbound down the A1 and FREE entry which is a bonus!

Upon arrival the car park is well sign posted and there is plenty of space. Straight away I can see two well maintained play areas one for under 5 and one for older children, The older childrens park  backs on to one of the pig pens so you can get a real up close look at some of them.

The farm walk starts immediately in front of the house and is well sign posted, this route takes you around the outer perimeter of the property and is pram friendly as long as it hasn't rained causing the grounds to become boggy. Along the route are boards with fun facts about animals and insects as-well as ‘Pinky Says’ boards, I think the Pinky boards are a summer activity so aren't there all year around. The route is circular so you end up back at the cafe but along the route you pass bunnies, guinea pigs, goats, ducks, chickens and of course pigs, being a working pig farm you will encounter many pigs.

The cafe inside is rather cosy so don’t allow prams inside but there is a buggy parking area outside or alternatively you can sit outside where there are two large covered areas and an outside order station. There is a changing table in the toilet and an outside hand washing station. The menu has plenty of offerings, well priced and very tasty.   

There is a lovely little shop with local produce, locally crafted goods including household goods/handcrafted jewellery and much more as-well as a friendly cat. I went along with my teen, 2 year old and 9 month old and they have given their seal of approval and we shall definitely be returning.

Farrowby Farm is Free to enter and no booking is required. You could easily expect to spend around 1-1.5 hours here, longer if you used the cafe. Please be aware that no picnics are allowed.

Thanks for reading 

Leanne and the gang xx

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