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Spring Days Out: The best petting zoos
It’s spring, a beautiful time of year when the farms are alive with lots of cute and cuddly baby animals. And what could be cuter than letting your little ones get close to the farmyard animals they adore reading about and seeing on their travels?!
With a wide choice of petting zoos to choose from around the UK, read on to find out if there’s one near you to visit this spring!
Hatton Country World offers young and old the chance to feed a range of animals, including sheep, cows and goats. Kids will adore a visit to the Guinea Pig Village where they can see the furry creatures scurrying around. Plus, there are children’s shows throughout the day and a sensory zone and soft play area!
While London is home to a variety of large, well-known zoos, the capital is also populated with a variety of small petting farms, too! Among them is Deen Farm which is set on part of the National Trust's Morden Hall Park Estate in south Wimbledon and hosts an array of interesting creatures, including alpacas and ponies.
For a taste of the countryside in Cheltenham, check out Cotswold Farm Park which is run by farmer and presenter Adam Henson, who’ll you’ll probably recognise from the BBC show Countryfile. His site offers a daily schedule that’s packed with seasonal farming demonstrations and chances for children to stroke, hold and feed a range of animals.
Bill Quay Farm on the edge of Gateshead hosts a community of rare of indigenous livestock, including pigs, sheep, goats and ponies. Children will also enjoy a small mammal area that’s populated with chinchillas, degus, Chinese hamsters, rabbits and more.
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