Days out in Yorkshire: Temple Newsam and Farm, Leeds

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Sowing the seeds of fun at the farm.

The clocks go forward, lambs are leaping and you’re not sure whether to put the heating on or not.

Yep, it’s spring and what better way to see it bursting into life than a day on the farm.

So with a spring in our step (sorry, couldn’t resist) we fired up the tractor and ploughed a furrow for Home Farm at Temple Newsam.

It’s the kind of place that gives you a real sense of being on the farm and stepping into nature – literally in some cases.

It’s real animals doing real things, but the nicest part is seeing all the newborns at this time of year.

It’s hard not to smile when you see the chicks wobbling about and chirping at each other.

But the real stars of the show are the lambs, unassuming, cute and surprisingly friendly. Our daughter even got her finger nibbled by the little one as mum watched on.

They are closely followed by the piglets which you just wanna take home. That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

Further down the farm is a footway which takes you through various landscaped enclosures and a large adventure playground – not to mention several tractors which the kids can climb on and even ride (the toy ones anyway).

The grounds at Temple Newsam are beautiful and if it’s still a bit wet for you now, book a return visit this summer and explore the stunning, historic house while you’re there.

It’s grand and opulent enough to make the residents of Downton Abbey jealous, and rightly so.

Factfile

Farm prices: Adult £3.40, children £2.10, 20% with Leeds Card

Opening Times: 10am to 4pm

Address: Temple Newsham Road, Off Leeds Road, Leeds

Car Parking: Several on site

Attraction Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsam

Telephone: 0113 336 7560

Sat Nav: LS15 0AE

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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