Campervans provide the perfect way for families to get back to nature. And what better way to introduce your little ones to the delights of the great outdoors than with a stay on a traditional, working farm?
There are hundreds of working farms up and down the country, complete with campsite facilities, ready to give enthusiastic travellers and would-be farmers a taste of the country life.
If your little ones have ever wanted to bottle feed lambs, bring in the herd or collect some fresh eggs straight from the source, then this is the holiday for you!
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There are farm campsites that welcome campervans right across the UK. Let's take a look at some of the best...
Located at the heart of the Surrey Hills and surrounded by woodland, Etherley Farm rears and produces free range chicken, duck, eggs and lamb. The campsite is simply two fields around the farm, with no allocated pitches, so you can choose your perfect spot.
Park Farm is a spacious working farm on the border between Kent and East Sussex. The site is bordered by a river and surrounded by countryside and the farm is home to cows, sheep, donkeys and horses. There's also plenty of space for kids to play, as well as an old tractor to climb over, a fitness and balance course, zip line, swings and a wooden play fort.
A friendly site on a smallholding five miles west of Bideford, Broad Park is quiet, despite being close to the A39, and there are alpacas and chickens to meet on site.
Skyburriowe Farm is a Cornish dairy farm close to the Cornish coast. Four miles from Helston, with easy access to the Lizard Peninsula, the site itself is a lawned meadow bordered by trees that support an abundance of local wildlife.
Just a 10-minute drive to Rutland Water nature reserve and activity centre, this location is perfect for would-be farmers. See the pigs, turkeys, chickens and fallow deer as well as a herd of Valais black-and-white sheep. Campers can book tours and walks on the farm to meet the animals and collect fresh eggs in the morning.
Rabbits, goats, chickens, sheep and ponies are among the residents of this farm site, and the owners are happy for little ones to help feed the animals. Located 25 minutes' drive from Hereford, you'll also have easy access to countryside walks, castle visits and outings to cider producers along the Herefordshire Cider Route.
This site on a small working farm among free-range chickens is also less than a 10-minute walk from the Sutton Hoo National Trust site. And if you feel like having a day out in your campervan, take the short drive to the riverside market town of Woodbridge or to Rendlesham Forest, where you'll find play areas and picnic spots as well as orienteering trails.
Sunflower Park is home to many rescue animals including hens, pigs, geese, ducks, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep and alpacas. The five-acre plot includes paddocks, a play area, open pastureland, a private woodland walk and a well-stocked fishing lake for use by visitors only.
This family-run caravan and camping park is located on a working farm in the heart of the Lake District, with views of Blencathra and surrounding fells. As well as exploring the local area, there’s lots to see and do on the farm including feeding the chickens and ducks.
Poplar Grove Farm Caravan Park is a 160-acre working family farm, situated 12 miles from Blackpool and halfway between Lancaster and Preston. The nearby market town of Garstang is a couple of miles away on the River Wyre.
Thornton Hall Country Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire
This family-run site is on a working farm on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Guests can help feed the cows and lambs, meet the llamas, collect eggs, and handle rabbits and guinea pigs.
Hutton le Hole Caravan Park is situated within the North York Moors National Park and welcomes caravans, campervans and motorhomes. As well as on-farm walks, the site is ideal for walking the North Yorkshire Moors and touring the area.
Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Ceredigion
This small campsite is located on a farm adjacent to Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, where you can get to know pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, llamas and ponies.
A quiet site in the Bridgend countryside, Our Welsh is part of a working sheep farm and guests are welcome to meet all the animals. If you want to head out for the day in your campervan, the site is about 20 minutes' drive from Bridgend, 45 minutes from Cardiff, and half an hour from the beach at Southerndown.
Situated on the shores of Loch Sunart on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the West Highlands, this site is also a working farm, with cattle grazing peacefully in ancient oak woods designated a Special Area of Conservation.
On this family-run smallholding in the Brisbane Glen, you can collect and buy fresh eggs from the resident flock of free-range hens. The site is 10 minutes' drive from Largs and within 20 minutes' drive of ferries to Great Cumbrae and Bute.
Home to free-range hens as well as peacocks, horses, cows and a donkey, this farm site is centrally located between Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine.
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