Cotswold Farm Park, The Cotswolds
Home of the nation’s favourite farmer, Adam Henson’s farm park in the Cotswolds will already be familiar to regular viewers of the BBC’s Countryfile programme.
Foodies may know the farm from ‘Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen’, where Adam joined forces with Nigel Slater to show the process of producing and cooking Britain’s favourite foods. Awarded Farm Attraction of the Year in 2014, Cotswold Farm Park is a wonderful place to bring children as there are lots of activities on offer. Alternatively, come for a lunch of sausages and chips followed by a farm walk to get a healthy dose of country air.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Rare breeds trail
- Tractor-trailer ride
- Farm demonstrations
- Café and shop
Visit The Cotswold Farm Park
When Adam’s late father, Joe Henson, threw open the gates to his farm in 1971 and began the Cotswold Farm Park, he did so to preserve our rare breed farm animals and educate the public about them. Adam and his business partner Duncan now manage the park.
Walk The Rare Breeds Trail
Walk ‘The Rare Breeds Through History Trail’ to see the animals learning about the introduction of each breed as you go. Spot the Old Gloucester cattle who were bred for milk, draught work and meat. They’ve been famous since the thirteenth century for the production of traditional Double Gloucester Cheese. Look out for Belted Galloway cattle with their distinctive white stripe.
Feed The Lambs
Children will squeal with delight when they see the Touch Barn. Have a go at holding chicks and rabbits and bottle-feeding the younger goats and lambs. In the Demo Barn, see the action as it changes throughout the year starting with the lambing season, followed by milking, shearing and lots more.
Take a Tractor Ride
Take a guided tractor ride around the farm to learn more about the farm and its animals or try the Wildlife Walk to see the diversity of animals and plants on the farm. You’ll see wonderful views across a rolling Cotswold landscape.
Tuck in to Ham, Eggs and Chips
Eat lunch in Adam’s Kitchen where you’ll find a child-friendly, largely pork-inspired menu with plates such as chunky cut ham, egg and chips and sausages with chips and beans. The sausages are made from their very own Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.
- Stock up with meat and eggs in the Farm Shop which also sells produce from local suppliers such as the Cotswold Lavender Farm
- Plan your day out in advance by checking out the daily farm schedule on their website
- You can visit Adam’s Kitchen and the Farm Shop without buying an entrance ticket to the park
WHERE TO STAY IN THE COTSWOLDS
The Fish Hotel
Broadway, The Cotswolds
Situated in 400 acres of private estate, The Fish offers a central location for exploring the Cotswolds.
Rooms from £76 a night.
Broadway, The Cotswolds
In the idyllic Cotswold village of Broadway, Russell’s is a restaurant which offers 5-star boutique bedrooms.
Rooms from £120 a night.
They tell me unfortunately I can’t go! Due to the close contact with the animals, they allow only Guide Dogs into the Farm Park. You can, however, take me on the Wildlife Walk which they think I will enjoy very much.