Abbotsbury Children’s Farm occupies the 1000-year old site of the former St Peter’s Monastery in Abbotsbury, near Weymouth in Dorset. The Tithe Barn in the centre of the farm dates back to the 1390s and provides a grand, yet rustic setting for this popular attraction. The Children’s Farm is packed with friendly animals for visitors to meet, pet and feed. Have a cuddle with a guinea pig, take a charming pony for a ride and bottle feed the cuddly lambs – once they’ve had their fill, the lambs set off for their midday race around a track, which is always lots of fun before visitors are invited to walk them on a lead for a much-needed cool down! Your own kids can burn off their energy in a large undercover play area and bouncy castle – ideal in all weather.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can grab a snack or meal from the family café, which proudly serves up local Dorset produce. And take a quick browse around the gift shop before you leave for a souvenir of your visit.
A visit to Abbotsbury wouldn’t be compete without a trip to its famous Swannery and subtropical gardens. Situated mere paces away from the children’s farm, this unique attraction puts you face-to-beak with these graceful birds and their nesting colonies. If you’re visiting all three attractions there are savings to be had with a special ‘passport’ entry.