Days out in Yorkshire: Canon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley

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Sheep grand nationals and racing ferrets flying down tubes is all part of the fun of the farm.

Well, it is at the Canon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

The multi award-winning farm is famous for its animal-based races and its due to expand its itinerary of activities later this year.

Over the years, they have become a staple of the Barnsley tourist attraction’s menu of things to do and that is soon to be augmented thanks to an ambitious £1m farm expansion this summer.

But let’s talk about the animals – they’re incredible specimens and so friendly too, to the point they’ll pose for pictures.

The cows are some of the finest we’ve ever seen and other must-sees are the llamas and rare kune kune pigs.

There’s a brilliant petting area complete with cute rabbits and baby animals are born on the farm regularly too.

There’s nothing cuter than seeing the little piglets run, hop and chase after each other, performing for the crowds.

It’s a cracking day out for families.

If sheep and ferret racing aren’t enough then the huge amount of play equipment and playgrounds surely are.

One of Europe’s biggest tube mazes, huge slides, zip wires and giant climbing frames are big draws.

Add to that a sensory-based play garden and a junior play area and pretty much every box is ticked.

If you go, take a cool box and stock up on food from their fantastic farm shop. Nearly all the fresh meat is sourced from the farm and the pies are heavenly. Simple, yet delicious.


Price: £5.95 adults & children over 3, OAPs £4.95, family ticket £22

Opening Times: Daily 10.30am to 4/5pm (see website)

Address: Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley

Car Parking: £3 on site (includes shop voucher)

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 01226 790427

Sat Nav: S75 4AT

For more days out see

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