Last week, Adam took me for a surprise day out to Beetle-Bank Farm. Despite the farm being located only 15 minutes from my house, I’d never heard of it. It is located in Murton, just on the outskirts of York. This is a working farm, who also have a strong focus on wildlife and conservation projects. There are lots of rare breed to get to know, many play and explore opportunities for the kids (and big kids!), an education centre and a farm shop and cafe too.
We got to the farm around 11am, gained admission, then headed straight for the barn and for the goats. My fallback career is a goat farm, because I absolutely blooming adore them! They had so many, and babies too! Also in the barn were the rabbits, guinea pigs, and pigs…with piglets *heart aches* whom were about two weeks old.
We then headed to the fields where there are MORE goats (dreams do come true), horses, llamas, alpacas, and sheep. We paid 50p each for bags of feed, so we could feed the animals, which just makes the experience even more fun. As you can see by the photos, they were clearly happy to see us too! There is also a bird sanctuary, with an array of different breeds.
There is also a cafe on site, with freshly cooked food, hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, and plenty of drinks. We opted for a hot chocolate each, which came with all the trimmings. They were delicious, and was a lovely little break during the day.
There is also a play-park, with swings and a climbing frame, and a two bouncy castles! Being the big kids we are, as soon as all the kids left we were on the swings, climbing up the wooden climbing frame, and racing each other across the inflatable course…yes we are big kids!
How to get to Beetle Bank Farm
By Car: Taking the a1237 from the outskirts of York towards Hopgrove Lane South and onto Stockton Lane, or from York central taking the A1036 onto Stockton Lane out towards Murton. The journey takes around 15-20 minutes from York and is around 5 miles. Parking at the farm is FREE.
Public Transport: The B45 Coastliner bus from York City Centre, drop you into Murton. It is then a 15 minute walk from the bus-stop to Beetle Bank Farm.
Cycle: You can cycle Route 66 or Bad Bargain Lane route, covering about 3 miles and taking you around 30-35 minutes to get to the farm. The views are beautiful on these routes too.
Opening Times and Admissions
This is open-farm that is open to the public all year round, and every day except Tuesdays. Opening times are as followed;
- 1st April – 31st October – 9.30am/10.00am to 5.00pm
- 1st Nov – 31st March – 9.30am/10.00am to 4.00pm
Admission to the park is £6 per person, and under 2s go free.
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