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Smithills Open Farm, Bolton
(4.3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Smithills Open Farm encloses 28 hectares (70 acres) of English countryside, offering a petting zoo with cows, pigs, goats, and even deer, pythons, spiders, and stick insects. Some animals may be less fond of petting than others. When you’ve all had your fill of creatures great and small, the kids can jump in the bouncy castle or climb around the adventure playground. If you need another feel of something furry, stick around for the animals' feeding times or the cow milking. If your team of animal lovers will get hungry, try taking a picnic or sampling the products at the cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Put Smithills Open Farm at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bolton vacation trip planner.
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  • We visited today with our Grandson and friend with her two boys. Father Christmas arrived on his tractor which the kids loved. Visited Santa in his grotto and he was very attentive with the kid's and ...  more »
  • Wow, brilliant day, took my sister in her twenties and my niece who was 3/4 and just had the best day. Staff were nice, animals were healthy, affectionate, curious and in abundance. My niece soon got ...  more »
  • I was asked to step in and take my grandchildren to a party at the open farm. It was excellent especially at this time of year as Santa visited. Donkey rides, tractor rides, patty and feeding a variet...  more »
  • A very good day out. Lots of different animals and plenty of baby animals too. The petting corner was fantastic. We got to feed the lambs and hold a chick. The milking demonstration was also really good and there are donkey rides for £1. Plenty of places to sit and eat and let the kids play too. It was worrying though just how many of the baby animals were away from their mums. Also the temporary road to the farm is horrendous with giant craters everywhere.
  • Really enjoyed this place. Got close up to the animals and the kids loved feeding them. Lots to see and do so well worth the money. Depending on the weather, you should choose your footwear as appropriate, even so be aware that it is a working farm and can be a bit mucky in places. All the staff were friendly and helpful.
  • Myself my partner daughter and 11months old granddaughter had a fantastic day out here,we enjoyed every second the staff are amazing and the animals are very well looked after,And there was plenty to do the rain didn't dampen our day.. The cafe was very reasonable and enjoyable food. The gift shop was also not pricey an amazing place to visit will definately be going again Thankyou for a lovely day xx
  • The have a petting section where they bring all sorts of animals in to pet. At one point they have everyone bottles and then opened a pen of baby goats and they all came running into the area to be fed by us. So wonderful. Kids and parents loved it
  • I visited here with my mother in law, son and partner for a little trip out for a few hours. The farm itself is tucked away but not too difficult to find (although there are 2 roads in and be warned- one of them is a 'temporary road which is very rickety!) The staff here are friendly, when we arrived we were offered the choice of whether or not we wanted animal feed for feeding on our own way around or if we'd like to make our way round first and come back if we decided we'd like some. It's always nice to have a choice and not be forced! There was plenty to see- lots of baby animals there which my 18 month old loved and was fascinated by! Unfortunately there was also 2 school trips in as well at the same time, so when it came around the the 'petting corner', where you can hold or stroke some of the smaller animals such as rabbits and birds etc, we were unable to even get close as the school trip had completely domineered the area and it was the final showing. My little boy tried to get close but staff members ignored him and just showed the school children the animals which we were really disappointed by, so we made our way elsewhere. The weather on the day wasn't great but we still managed to see everything else, including the insects and meerkats outside- a bit of rain didn't spoil the trip. Some of the animals in the pens inside though looked a bit cramped and as though they didn't have enough room in there to be shut in there all day such as the Donkeys who didn't have any room to move around and looked absolutely miserable- i hope they were let out after the farm had closed to the public... If you like to look and have a little prod and poke at the animals- this is for you. But don't go during term time if you want the full experience, the school trips seem to get priority and it's a waste of the entrance fee if you don't get to see half the animals and get the full experience!