Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do

We visited Thornton Hall Country Park near Skipton in North Yorkshire during our one week summer holiday to the area. It is a nice farm to visit for a couple of hours. We did, however, struggle to spend longer there. Had we wanted to spend more money there are other things to do at the farm that would have made our visit longer.

Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do Review

The farm park is set in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire. They hold a great range of annual events and there is usually something extra on. We visited during a special pirate and princess week. There were extra activities including a show and meet and greet photo sessions (additional cost for the photo). They go all out for Halloween and I have heard that this is one of the best times to visit. They even had two days of Monster Trucks this year.

The main entrance is quite strange and it felt more like wandering into a wedding venue than the main way into a farm park. There is a small shop and the reception area is where you purchase your animal food. We headed straight for the outside animal paddocks where they had some alpacas and sheep that you can feed. Our added confusion with the signs then took us to a field further up that I don’t think we were supposed to be on so we soon turned around.

Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do
Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do

The views from up here are stunning. It really is set in a beautiful part of the world. The brown tent you can see in the photo above is a large open-sided marquee with a bar where you can also order food. The menu seemed really good and there was a good choice of food. This is also where we sat to watch the pirate show. Just opposite this, there is a large giant bouncy pillow. Kids have to go on with just their socks on but for some reason it was really dirty which was a shame. There is a smaller jumping pillow for younger kids.

Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do

Near the main entrance, they have a couple of barns with animals in. In one they had some huge horses and some bulls plus cows. I am not normally one to moan about animal enclosures but I felt that these animals would have suited being out in their large fields. It was lovely to see them and one of the horses was incredibly friendly.

The other barn had a huge number of goats to feed. We kept coming back in here as our son was besotted with the baby pygmy goats. They were adorable and they would literally just stand there at the fence wanting strokes and cuddles.

Thornton Hall Country Park

In between the two animal barns they had a large indoor play area. Their indoor play area is currently having a major revamp and is set to be finished sometime in April. There will be a brand new indoor play area plus baby and toddler soft play. A role play area and Go-Karts (coming soon). Plus a brand new indoor Diner seating over 200 people.

Outside they had a small track for pedal carts for bigger kids plus a small wooden play area.

Thornton Hall Country Park

Including the pirate show we spent about two hours doing everything there was to do without spending any more money. Some things were just too busy for us! They do have a timetable of extra activities but we couldn’t get close to join in. These include animal petting, egg collecting, pony/pig grooming and lamb/calf feeding when they have them. These take place over weekends and school holidays. They do hold special midweek toddler sessions.

We now move on to the additional things to do that cost more money. If your kids want to do everything you are looking at an additional £13.50 per child! There is a barrel ride at £2 per barrel (can seat two kids). The ride lasts for 5 minutes and the barrels are pulled around by a quad bike in the front meadow. We missed the ride we were aiming for and the lovely member of staff offered to take our son out all by himself. This was the only thing we paid for and my son loved it.

Thornton Hall Country Park

There is a £3.50 per person safari ride around their woodland, farmland, deer park and quarry. The tour lasts for 25 minutes so is the better value of their things to do but for three of us, that would have cost £10.50. We couldn’t justify that.

Pony rides are £3 each which again seemed steep for a short ride around a courtyard. We have been to many places where pony rides have been included or have been longer and on grass.

Another additional activity is their Junior Quad bikes. I think the session was only 5 minutes and cost £5 each. The track area is incredibly small. I really don’t like to moan about places but I felt that the additional costs just made us grumpy. It was a nice place to visit, my son had fun. I do think they could make some improvements though on not only the extra costs but on how their activities etc. are run. Prebooking in advance for some of the activities may be a good start. I’ve been dreading writing this review as I can only ever be honest with you and while we weren’t fans I know of plenty of my readers that love visiting.

Thornton Hall Country Park Things To Do

Thornton Hall Country Park FAQ & Further Information

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS, North Yorkshire

Category – Farm Park – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

A standard non-event weekend ticket costs £9.95 per person, under 2’s are £5 and under 1s are free.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Farm park with animals you can feed, bouncy pillows, slides, rope swings, go-karts and additional activities. There are toilets and a covered area where you can purchase food and drinks.

When are they open?

The Farm Park is currently open on certain days. (from 12th April)
Entry is strictly by ticket only.

Is there food available?

There is somewhere to purchase hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?


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