Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley

THERE’S always one who falls in the mud on a day out! Luckily at Cannon Hall Farm the toilets are like something you would find in a five star hotel so you can at least clean yourself up in comfort!

Oliver comes up with a good way to dry his bum after falling into a puddle!

But even the constant rain which lasted all day couldn’t stop us having a brilliant time.

I thought we would be the only ones mad enough to brave the cold weather so I was amazed to see how full the car park was when we arrived.

Clearly people knew Cannon Hall Farm is an all-year-round attraction with plenty to do, come rain or shine.
The highlight of the day for me was the sheep racing. As a family we’ve been to plenty of farms where you can watch animals racing, but at Cannon Hall farm it’s a cut above.
Firstly, you check the odds and place your bets in the bookies before taking your viewing position.
To add to the excitement, there is full grand-national style commentary as the sheep make their way around the course.
Then those who backed the right sheep have the chance to win a free pass back to the farm on every single race!

Oliver and Jasmine watch the sheep racing

We also got to see a lamb which was born that morning – but with about 800 lambs born there every year that’s not unusual.

There’s always a chance of seeing a live birth because the farm also averages two or three litters of piglets every week.

You’ll also see a variety of different breeds of goats, lamas, alpacas, Shetland ponies, and even the reindeer stay at the farm all year round.

There’s several adventure playgrounds with slides, towers, climbing frames and zip wires with different sections for different age groups.


There’s also a tube maze which I’ve never seen before. It’s the largest in Europe and was a favourite for my children.


The kids loved feeding the animals through the food shoots by pouring the feed in and turning the handle to release it to the animals below. There’s also a tractor ride to enjoy, milking demonstrations and small animal petting sessions.

Oliver feeds the goats

Despite their being food available from the cafe, there’s also a large indoor picnic area if you want to take your own and a lovely farm shop on site.

And if you prefer to be indoors there’s the Hungry Lama Indoor Play Area which is probably the nicest indoor Playzone I’ve ever been in.

It has all the usual slides, tubes and play equipment but it had a different feel about it to other soft play centres.
It was clean, serving quality food with farm produce featured heavily in the menu and as well as serving a range of drinks, is also licensed.

Indoor fun!

The only thing that could have made our trip better would have been less rain! Will definitely be back – especially since we won a free pass!


LOCATION: Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT

OPEN: Every day except Christmas Day. 10.30am until 5pm.

PRICES: @£6.95 per person. Family ticket £25. Under 2s free.
CALL: 01226 790427



  • Farm shop
  • Cafe
  • Indoor picnic area


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