Hesketh Farm Park

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Hesketh Farm Park

Hesketh Farm Park is a fun packed family day out for all ages. With tractor rides, animals to feed and stroke and lots of activities and events to explore, this farm park has everything you would want from a day out in the countryside.

Hesketh is home to all the usual farm animal inhabitants you’d expect to find in the Yorkshire Dales as well as tortoises, guinea pigs and miniature donkeys. The feeding times for the animals are on the Hesketh farm website so you can time your visit around seeing your little one’s favourite animals get their dinner.

In the Main Barn you can sit and cuddle the very patient guinea pigs, learn about egg incubators and what happens when eggs hatch. You can also learn about the needs and care of the individual animals, why the pigs need brushing, how to handle very tiny chicks and what each animal likes to eat. On a nice day you can also take a stroll round the paddock and meet the Donkeys, Horses and Ponies close up.

After meeting the animals there’s plenty of fun to be had in the giant sand pit, straw maze and pedal tractors. If you visit after 2:15 pm you can even join farmer Chris in the full sized tractor. Outside you’ll also find a track and Go Karts where your smaller people can have fun racing each other, or grappling with the giant spider’s nest and agility course.

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor picnic benches for you to get comfortable at and enjoy lunch, snacks or (for parents) a well deserved cup of tea.

As well as a year round calendar of special events, Hesketh Farm Park also offers the chance to celebrate your birthday with the animals, check their website for further details.

Bolton AbbeySkiptonBD23 6HA View map
Telephone: 01756710444 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday12:00am - 12:00am

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Hesketh Farm Park

AJ West
AJ West at Truman Books

Bestselling author AJ West’s latest historical thriller The Betrayal of Thomas True has been described by Stephen Fry as “really very good” and Farsley independent Truman Books is giving you the chance to hear more.

from £8.00
Pixies at The Piece Hall

Legendary American rock band Pixies are bringing their unmistakable and era-defining sound to The Piece Hall.

from £47.50

Where to go near Hesketh Farm Park

Tourist Attraction
Bolton Abbey, Stepping Stones

Bolton Abbey is one of the most fulsomely preserved English monasteries and sits as Wordsworth wrote “along the banks of crystal Wharf”. A touch northwards is a shallow beach, which is a wonderful spot for families to play and take a dip.

skipton castle woods
Skipton Castle Woods

Skipton Castle Woods has idyllic spaces to walk and play in as well as a wealth of local wildlife, check out their events and tours.

Tourist Attraction
Skipton Castle

As one the best preserved examples of a medieval castle in the country, Skipton Castle was originally built in 1090 and is well worth a visit.

Magpie – Two for Joy

Gift shop, printmakers and gallery shop in one, Magpie sell a locally sourced collection of wonderful and beautiful things as well as hosting workshops.

Skipton Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall is a live arts and theatre venue in the heart of the town as well as holding the Craven Museum and art gallery.

Le Bistro Des Amis

Catering for light lunches as well as they can cater for three course meals, Le Bistro Des Amis is a charming and relaxed French inspired eatery.

Mill Bridge Gallery

Fine art, photography and sculpture – all by talented local artists – are exhibited in the Mill Bridge Gallery located in a canal-side building.

craven arts studios
Craven Arts Studios

Craven arts studio is an artist-led organisation with an aim to support local artists creating space for contemporary visual arts in North Yorkshire.

Le Caveau

Combining the recipes of regional French dishes with local produce, Le Caveau, serves excellent meals underneath the heart of Skipton.

Event venue
The Narrow Boat

The Narrow Boat is in an excellent location and serves hearty home cooked comfort food alongside exceptional beers, ales and ciders.

Culture Guides