Easter at Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm is an award winning, family run attraction sitting in the beautiful Pennine foothills.  On Easter Sunday we decided we would visit Cannon Hall as the events are always fantastic for the little ones, and this years Easter Eggstravaganza sounded amazing.

The Farm opened to the public for the first time in 1989 and since that time it has undergone many transformations. It is now one of the largest farm attractions in the UK and the winner of many awards

Easter Eggstravaganza

This event runs 8 – 23rd of April 2017, and its main attraction is an interactive egg hunt. Children meet various characters including Chico the naughty chicken who wants to ruin Easter by stealing Easter Bunny’s magical Carrot Sceptre.

Along the way children collected clue words and filled these, in their passport.  After all the clues had been found the passport could be exchanged for an eggy prize, and children could meet the Easter Bunny.

My three little ones loved this, even the twins, who are sometimes a little unsure at joining in large group activities. The actors were fantastic at engaging with the children (& adults), and it was a fabulous experience for all.

The animals

Pigs – Cannon Hall produce well over 1000 pigs every year so young pigs are always on show for visitors.

Sheep – Every year there are around 800 lambs born during February half term and the Easter holidays so there’s a great chance of seeing a lamb being born at these times of year. We were very fortunate to see a lamb born during our visit (with a little help). Malakhi although only four was absolutely fascinated and he hasn’t stopped talking about it yet.

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Cattle – Cannon Hall is a working farm and one of the attractions is a milking parlour with regular milking demonstrations.

Goats – there are various different breeds to be seen on the farm including pygmy goats which you can find in the rare breeds barn. Milking goats can also be found in the milking parlour.

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Llamas & Alpacas

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Ponies

Reindeer – Dancer and Prancer are the resident reindeer at Cannon Hall.

Meerkats – A new meerkat enclosure has recently been built

 

Various birds – Hens, Turkeys, Rooster and many more

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs – There are regular handling opportunities for both children and adults. There is also the opportunity to purchase a small furry friend

 

Sheep and Ferret Races

A visit to the farm isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the excitement of a sheep or ferret race, although the sheep racing is by far the more exciting of the two. You can check the odds and pick your favourite runner at the ‘bookies’ before cheering it along the course.  You will be invited to place your free bets at the Sheep/Ferret Racing arena and have the chance of winning a free ticket to return to Cannon Hall Farm.

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Tractor Rides

Adventure Playgrounds

The adventure playgrounds are second to none, with their magnificent slides, towers and climbing frames.

The innovative tube maze is the largest in Europe and is a popular attraction on the farm.

There is also a specially designed area for younger children where equipment is tailored to the smaller visitor

 

Dining on the Farm

The White Bull

The newly refurbished and extended White Bull restaurant serves a range of hot and cold homemade food.

The Hungry Llama

The amazing Hungry Llama restaurant has over 300 seats and serves a contemporary menu designed to appeal to all ages. This the newest restaurant on the complex and it sits alongside one of the largest and best equipped indoor play areas in the region.

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Shopping on the farm

The notoriously good farm shop offers home produced beef, pork and lamb alongside a great range of food and drink, much of this is sourced locally. Cannon Hall Farm Shop has twice been a finalist in the White Rose Awards “Taste of Yorkshire” competition

The delicatessen sells homemade pies alongside a range of foods from around the world.

The brand new, onsite bakery produces freshly baked, award winning pies, cakes, ready meals and delicious, artisan bread.

The gift shop is well stocked and a great place to stop off to grab your souvenirs to remind you of your day’s adventures, or even to grab one of the amazing ice creams. I recommend the liquorice and blackcurrant as it is just delicious.

 

Farm Opening Times and prices

The Farm is open every day except Christmas Day 10.30am – 5.00pm

Last exit from farm 6.30 pm. Car Park closes 6.30pm

Normal prices are …..

Adults & Children – £5.95

Family ticket (up to four people) – £22

Under Twos Go free

The prices do increase however on special event days

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