Days out in Yorkshire: Cannon Hall Farm

CANNON BALL: There are lots of things to do to keep both parents and children entertained at Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley.

CANNON BALL: There are lots of things to do to keep both parents and children entertained at Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley.

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Cannon Hall Farm is one of those places I remember being taken to as a child with my parents, along with Lotherton Hall and Oakwell Hall and numerous other places ending in ‘Hall’ and I have to say I don’t recall it being that memorable.

So, it came as a pleasant surprise to discover that it’s actually something of a hidden gem.

Being a parent myself these days, I’m ever on the lookout for interesting places to take the children, not least to tire them out and well, to put it bluntly, Cannon Hall offers more than enough to stimulate both children and parents.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was the sheep and ferret racing, which is something I’ve not seen before but turned out to be absolutely riveting.

Yes, they have lots of other farm animals, including many rare breeds, but what could be more exciting than watching some of them chase a bag of carrots round a muddy track - with the added bonus that you get place a bet on which one will win.

Meanwhile, the ferrets race in tubes, which is also fun.

Cannon Hall Farm opened to the public for the first time in 1989. Since then, they have added adventure playgrounds, a gift shop, farm shop, two restaurants and an indoor playground. It is now one of the largest farm attractions in the UKs.

With more animals than you can shake a bag of animal feed at and events throughout the year, it’s well worth a trip out - and it won’t just be the kids who are tired out at the end of the day.

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Opening times: Monday-Friday term time, 10.30am-5pm, last exit from farm 6.30pm.

Prices: Adults and children £5.95, Senior Citizens £5.50, under 2s Free during the week; adults and children £7.95, senior citizens £7.50 at weekends

Address: Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley

Satnav: S754AT.