Smithills Open Farm
Bolton, Greater Manchester
Average time spent – 4 hours.
Things to do at Smithills Open Farm review
Smithills Open Farm offers a fantastic family day out in Bolton, Greater Manchester. This real working farm has over 25 different types of animals to see. As well as typical farm animals like sheep, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, horses and donkeys, you’ll also see more exotic animals such as llamas, owls, meerkats, wallabies, skunks, snakes, lizards and deer.
Visitors to the farm can buy a bag of animal feed when you arrive and feed many of the animals by hand. There’s also a schedule of talks and activities that you can attend at set times of the day. You won’t want to miss the petting session, where you can sit down and hold baby chicks and rabbits and you can also bottle feed the lambs.
Another popular thing to see at Smithills Farm is the milking demonstration. There’s an ice cream factory on-site too, so you can watch through the window as the milk is churned into ice cream.
Much of the farm is indoors, making it the ideal place to visit on a rainy day. There’s an indoor play area with a bouncy castle, slides and toy tractors to ride on, as well as a large outdoor adventure play area. Most things are included in the entrance price, but you will pay extra for donkey rides and tractor rides.
The best time to visit the farm is in the spring or early summer when you can see lots of cute baby animals and you might even be lucky enough to see some being born.
Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.
Smithills Open Farm – Important Information
Eating – The farm has a cafe on-site. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas and you’re welcome to bring your own food.
Facilities in brief – Farm with lots of different animals including many that you can feed. Daily talks and activities, indoor play area and large outdoor adventure play area. Cafe and toilets.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket is £8 and £7 for a child aged 2-16. Under 2’s are free. Parking is free.
Opening: They are open for most of the year, except Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted
Address: Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton BL1 7NS, Greater Manchester. Phone: 01204 595765
Guest post with thanks to Jenni from Cruise Mummy
Category – Farm park – Mostly Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.