Beetle Bank Open Farm Things To Do

Beetle Bank Open Farm is a farm park close to York in North Yorkshire. It is just down the road from the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. It is a relatively new attraction and everything felt quite fresh and new especially the welcome building with a cafe and the outdoor animal barn. Although there are a lot of places to see animals in Yorkshire most places don’t allow you to feed or stroke their animals.

My son had requested that this was what he’d like to do after having a lovely time at Aston Springs Farm. I consulted our big long list of places to see animals as we were also meeting my Mum who had come up for the day from the Nottingham area and this is where we decided on.

Things To Do At Beetle Bank Open Farm Review

It was very busy at Beetle Bank Open Farm as they were fully booked. I would recommend Beetle Bank Farm for families with children up to the age of 8. My son is 7 and he loved his time there but there is more there for younger children than older ones.

When we arrived we purchased some animal food and it was recommended that if we want to pet the animals we should head over to the animal barn first to book our slot. This was all organised really well and when our time came there was plenty of space for families to sit apart from each other.

Beetle Bank Open Farm Things To Do

The animal petting was definitely the highlight of my son’s day. You are each given a blanket and we had a guinea pig, chick and rabbits to choose from. There was plenty of time to hold and stroke all three and the staff were really friendly.

Beetle Bank Open Farm Things To Do

There are a few animals you can feed in the animal barn. We fed some sheep and goats. This is also where they have their baby animals. They had so many adorable baby guinea pigs, I’ve never seen so many!

There were also some lambs and kid goats. Next to this is an open barn area with small ride ons for children up to about the age of 4, possibly 5. There is also a small sandpit next to here but that was closed due to covid. They also have a hand wash station and there is also another one near the outdoor animals.

Beetle Bank Open Farm Review
Beetle Bank Open Farm Review

There is then a massive expanse of space where there is outdoor play equipment, birds, a football area and zip wire. Hopefully, this is an area that they will be able to develop in the future.

There are a lot of picnic benches and tables and chairs next to the cafe. It’s a great area for kids to be able to run and play while parents can sit and still be able to keep an eye on them.

The large play structure has an obstacle course going to it and then a climbing area with a slide. This was very popular with my 7-year-old. They have a few birds in cages here including chickens and a peacock that was allowed to wander around.

Beetle Bank Open Farm Review
Beetle Bank Open Farm Review

We had a wonderful hot lunch from the cafe and afterwards we headed over to the outdoor paddocks. There are two sections that split off in two different directions. We had assumed it was a circular path but both came to a dead end.

With the current animal rotation, one way lead to no animals at all. Luckily, there were sheep, goats and donkeys that we could feed going the other way. The walkways are grass which is quite rough ground. A pushchair would be OK but I think you would struggle with a wheelchair.

Beetle Bank Open Farm Things To Do
Beetle Bank Open Farm Things To Do

We spent around 3 hours there including lunch. It was a nice day out but it’s more a place for younger children. My seven year old enjoyed being able to interact with the animals but aside from the obstacle course, there wasn’t much more for him to do. It’s certainly somewhere we’d have gone to a lot when he was younger.

From what I can see during normal times in the summer they have a bouncy castle at the farm.

Beetle Bank Open Farm FAQ & Further Information

Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01904 488796

Category – Farm Park – Mostly Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

What are the ticket prices?

Tickets are £7.50 per person, under 2s are free. Family tickets and annual passes are also available.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Open farm with a good range of animals, some you can pet and feed. Outdoor playground, ride-ons for younger children, sandpit and summer bouncy castle. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

Beetle Bank Farm is open almost all year-round except for some Tuesdays. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is a free on-site car park.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Their site is fully accessible to prams and pushchairs and partially accessible to wheelchairs – please enquire for details.

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