Cattle Country Farm Park is a popular family attraction in Berkeley, where visitors can get up close to the resident animals, go on tractor rides and conquer epic play areas, including a giant castle, splash pad and jumping pillows. With seasonal highlights like pumpkin picking too, there’s something to inspire children of all ages throughout the year.
Since opening in 1992, Cattle Country Farm Park has grown from a small farm to one of Gloucestershire’s best-loved visitor attractions, remaining a firm favourite with local and visiting families.
With the Berkeley attraction celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, SoGlos shares 9 reasons why you should head to Cattle Country for your next family day out – from splash-tastic summer fun to marshmallow toasting.
Children can burn off some of their unlimited energy at Cattle Country, which boasts some seriously impressive outdoor play equipment, were they can clamber through the turrets to become king or queen of the castle, boing on the jumping pillows, or test their bravery on the climbing net for some epic views across the whole park.
With 45 acres of land in total, there’s plenty of green space to run around and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors, as well as a mini golf course to practice your putting.
Cattle Country is heaven for animal-loving little ones, with pygmy goats, Highland cattle, deer and many more loveable creatures all calling the farm park home.
Visitors can cuddle with bunnies, guinea pigs and chickens in the Animal Barn and feed the hungry residents along the farm trail. Cattle Country also has its very own animal racetrack, where kids can cheer on the speedy sheep from the sidelines.
Playtime is seemingly endless at Cattle Country, with a host of play barns dotted around the farm park to keep little visitors entertained.
The indoor Top Play Barn is ideal for rainy days, with activities including a wavy slide for four riders and a drop slide, which plummets into a colourful ball pit. Elsewhere, kids can practice building sandcastles in the Beach Barn, while grown-ups recline on the deck chairs.
Serving everything from brunch baps and Belgian waffles to loaded burgers, visitors can also grab a coffee or a snack from Cattle Country’s on-site café, GRAZE, with children bound to be impressed by the selection of ice creams!
Picnics are welcome at the farm park, too, with benches dotted around the site, as well as a covered seating area outside GRAZE.
Accommodating even the smallest of visitors, Cattle Country has two dedicated play zones for toddlers, including an outdoor playground and separate toddler play barn, as well as offering messy play sessions where tiny ones can have fun squelching, crunching and squeezing.
Plus, during term-time, parents can bring their toddlers along for GRAZE & Play, which gives them access to the toddler play barn and farm trail for just £5 per child – and it’s free for supervising adults.
Water babies can make a splash at Cattle Country during the summer months, when it opens its ever-popular splash pool. Accessible from the end of May to September, it’s the perfect way to cool off after a busy day exploring.
There’s also the chance to hop in a canoe, grab an oar and take to the boating lake for a family-bonding exercise.
Taking guests all around the farm park and introducing them to furry friends along the way, Cattle Country runs tractor and trailer rides from 10.30am to 4.30pm every day, with each journey costing £1 and taking half an hour to complete.
Aspiring young farmers can have a go at driving a mini tractor of their own too, with ride-on tractors and quads available for children to play on.
Whatever time of the year you visit, there’s always something going on at Cattle Country – whether its meeting newborn lambs in the spring, exploring the maize maze in summer, or toasting marshmallows later in the year.
Particular highlights include strolling through the sunflower patch for the ultimate photo opportunity when it opens around August and picking your own pumpkin from Cattle Country’s homegrown patch, just in time to carve for Halloween.
Families can mark their visit with a special souvenir from Cattle Country’s gift shop, which sells all sorts of games, animal-themed toys and books. Make sure you stop by when you arrive to book your tractor and trailer ride, or pick up some animal food to treat the hungry residents.
By Annabel Lammas
Wednesday 15 June 2022
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