Farm holiday activities
What can you and the children do on a farm?
Some of this depends on the activities that are permitted by the farmer. You and your children may be allowed to help feed the animals, muck out stables, collect feshly laid eggs from free range hens etc.
All these types of activities will be stated on the details of your farm holiday. An arable farm does not have any animals unless they choose to keep some as pets - you can still look at the fields and farm equipment, discover and identify crops being grown, how they are stored or what they are converted to. It is all very interesting and educational.
Some farm holiday establishments have a pet's corner where children can handle rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and other small animals. Duck ponds and ducks to feed are fairly common. There may be a donkey or two, pony rides or tractor and trailer rides.
Being on holiday in the countryside naturally leads on to many outdoor activities, a few of which are listed below:
- Horse riding - check for a local equestrian centre
- Mountain biking - are there local trails and a hire shop?
- Outdoor ball games such as football, cricket, rounders. If there is a suitable piece of ground and other children staying, you may find that the children organise their own games.
- Nature trails and treks. Take the children for country walks, show them hedgerows, climb over stiles, identify different types of trees and birds.