Farming holidays are great family fun and a good way for children to experience farm life. They can join in the normal day-to-day activities and learn all about farm animals. They can, for instance, collect eggs, help to feed the animals and also help out in the kitchen.
There are some farms that offer activities like fishing, hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking - all fantastic ways to keep children occupied as well as have new and exciting things to do as a family. If you do not want to stay on the actual farm, there are non-residential farm tours that are available.
Before choosing your farming holiday, there are a few things that need checking. For instance, not all farming holidays are on working farms, so check which animals are on the farm and what arrangements you can make to visit them and what activities are available for your children. You should also check what type of accommodation is offered and how far away from the farm you will be.
You must also remember that you will have to be careful as to your children’s safety on a farm, as there is farming machinery that is dangerous, and your children could have allergic reactions after having contact with the farm animals. Try not to go on a farming holiday in winter or autumn as your children will not have the pleasure of seeing any baby animals at this time of the year. If you have toddlers, then you should also check with the farm whether there is any age restriction as far as children are concerned.
Farming holidays are great in that it will probably be the first time that your children will experience baby animals that are born. The atmosphere is totally relaxed and informal, and most of the time the food that is available is made from fresh produce, as well as home made breads, jams, and cakes. Also, being in a rural setting the scenery of the surrounding area is sure to be breathtaking.
Standards vary from farm to farm, so do proper research before you book. Also bear in mind that a farm day starts early so there will not be many lazy lie-ins for you and your partner. Children normally wake up early, so this should not be a problem for them.
If your children have not been exposed to farm animals before, there is a chance that they might be afraid of the animals when they first see them, so patience might be necessary.