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Family days out in Sheffield’s city farms

As The Outdoor City, it’s no surprise that Sheffield hosts a large number of city farms. With an amazing choice and variety of farms across and around the edge of the city, there should be at least one close by for you and your family to enjoy on a day out in Sheffield. Here are six of the best.

Heeley City Farm
Open every day, Heeley City Farm offers you and your children chance to come and meet the animals (cows, pigs, sheep, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, ducks, geese, chickens and peacocks), play in their playground (under-8s only), and enjoy home-cooked meals in their cafe.
Richards Road, S2 3DT

Our Cow Molly
Head to the small village of Dungworth in Sheffield, just outside the Peak District, and enjoy an ice cream and the view at the Our Cow Molly farm. The local ice cream brand is loved across Sheffield, but the on-site ice cream parlour is the only place to pick between all the flavours, and to say hello to the cows. Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cliffe House Farm, Dungworth, S6 6GW

Whirlow Hall Farm
Open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, Whirlow offers free guided tours, starting by the farm shop every hour, on the hour. A fully-functioning working farm, with a variety of livestock and growing spaces spanning 138 acres, it has a range of animals for you and your family to learn about.
Whirlow Lane, S11 9QF

Graves Park
The animal farm at Graves, Sheffield’s biggest park, is home to some of the rarest breeds of farm animals in the country. Meet Tamworth pigs, Highland cattle and Jacob sheep, and get up close to goats, donkeys, waterfowl and many more.
Hemsworth Road, S8 8LL
Graves Park Animal Farm- Facebook page

Mayfield Alpacas
To the north of Ringinglow village, on the edge of Sheffield, Mayfield is a centre of excellence for the UK alpaca industry, and the best place to make some fluffy friends. The farm extends over 45 acres within the beautiful Mayfield Valley, and its visitor centre will tell you all you need to know about the history of the alpaca.
Fulwood Lane, S10 4LH

Manor Oaks Farm
There’s always something to see and do at Manor Oaks, no matter the season. Buy seasonal local products at the Rhubarb Shed Cafe, take your children around the Field to Feast exhibition, meet the animals, and learn a little about the history of the area. Be prepared for mud, tractors and the odd nettle – this farm is very much a practical working and training base.
Manor Oaks Road, S2 1UN

Holly Hagg Community Farm
Holly Hagg Community Farm is a not-for-profit organistaion, where they care for three acres of rich natural wildlife. This includes seven alpacas who were originally welcomed onto the farm to help with permaculture land management, but have since become the farm's star attraction. You can get up close with Holly Hagg's popular residents on an organised Alpaca Trek, taking your very own alpaca for a walk through the beautiful woodlands around the farm.
Long Lane, S10 5PY (not Clough Fields)

Written by Sarah Malone



Photo courtesy of Heeley City Farm.

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