June is for Juniors with Farm Stay UK

Farmyard fun for early pre-schooler family summer breaks

June is when the weather’s warming up, the days are long and the British countryside is a vision of grazing calves, wild meadows and buzzing hedgerows. This is why Farm Stay UK, the UK’s only farmer owned consortium offering over a 1000 rural accommodation options is heralding – June is for Juniors – once more with a whole host of great holiday offers to attract pre-schooler families able to enjoy more flexibility on summer holiday dates and take advantage of the lull before the family holiday frenzy of peak season.

From the laidback Lincolnshire Wolds to the working farms of Wales with Shaun the Sheep as your guide with the special trail.

With plenty of activities on offer and Open Farm Sunday happening on June 5th, little ones can don their sunhat, pop on their wellies and head into the great outdoors for animal feeding, egg collecting, pony rides and pond-dipping at these working farm escapes.

20% discount on cottage for up to 7 people 4-11 June at Nannerth Country Holidays, Rhayader, Powys

Set on a traditional 200 acre organic farm in the peaceful Wye Valley, Nannerth Country Holidays is home to a cluster of six cosy cottages and barn conversions; all immaculately decorated in a mix of traditional and modern, where high-tech kitchens sit atop ancient oak floorboards. Visit the farm in early June and take advantage of a hefty discount on Tolland, a three bedroom barn conversion with a hot tub. Family activities include trying out the new Little Farmer activity pack where Shaun the Sheep will guide the little ones round all the sights and smells of a working farm. Other things to do include walking or cycling to explore the farm’s woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows, visiting the purpose-built badger-watching treehouse, pony rides or visiting nearby market towns for cosy cafes and independent shops. There are also play areas and a games room for little ones.
7 nights from 4 -11 June available from £536 (was £670) based on up to 7 sharing on a self-catering basis with free Shaun the Sheep Little Farmer Activity Packs. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/powys-rhayader-nannerth-country-holidays-175/

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, hatching chicks and homemade cake - Limestone View Cottage, Cauldon, Staffordshire

From the moment you turn into the farm drive, the stresses and strain of urban life will ebb away. Take in the idyllic rural scene on arrival with tea and homemade cakes. Limestone View Cottage is situated on a working farm between Ashbourne and Leek and lying at over 1,000ft has wonderful fresh air and views. From the cottage, you'll be able to explore all the Peak District as well as local attractions such as Alton Towers which is just 4 miles up the road. However, the real attraction is the farm itself. There's no better way to understand how a farm works than to actually stay on a working farm and experience the day-to-day. The whole family will love collecting eggs, feeding animals and playing with the farm’s pet rabbits and guinea pigs. Expect to see calves being born, sheep being sheared or chicks hatching.  Offer: Any week from 4th June, throughout June - 7 nights now available from £325 (was £375, saving £50) based on a family of up to six sharing Limestone View Cottage on a self-catering basis. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/staffordshire-cauldon-limestone-view-farm-cottage-2171/

Final Call for Woodland Walks, Tennis and Fishing- Throganby Hall Cottages, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Draw a line between Lincoln and Grimsby and across to Skegness and here lie the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It feels splendidly isolated yet there’s the cathedral city of Lincoln and family friendly beaches on your doorstep. Little Walk Cottage is situated on Thorganby Hall Farm, a family working farm for four generations. Perfect for a small family this superbly converted brick and pantile range of stables, sleeping 4, combines modern comfort with the charm of original features including a stunning oak and glazed garden room. Enjoying glorious views across rolling countryside and surrounded by quiet lanes, it is a haven for walkers and cyclists. The Georgian town of Louth, Lincoln's cobbled streets and cathedral, antique centres, bird reserves, farmers' markets and seaside resorts are all an easy drive away. The local pub is a mile away and nearby trout fishing can be arranged.
Offer: Little Walk Cottage has one week in June left - 7 nights now available from £525 based on a family of 4 sharing a self-catering basis. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/lincolnshire-grimsby-thorganby-hall-cottages

Animal Feeding and Football Fun - Old Hall Farm Holiday Barns, Halesworth, Suffolk

Set within 80 acres of fields and grazing meadows, Old Hall Farm is home to three converted barns, offering a modern home away from home for young families - each stylishly decorated with bags of space for toddlers to explore. For families after a taste of the farm life, Easton Farm Park is only a short drive away and offers little ones the chance to meet the farmer on his afternoon routine and get up close and personal with the animals. There’re also plenty of coastal cycle paths and country villages to explore, or families can simply opt for a kick about on the mini astroturf football pitch. Plus, if the Great British wet weather strikes, there’s also a jam-packed games room and heated swimming pool that little ones will adore. The cottages sleep a neat family of 3 or there’s space for the grandparents in the barn conversions for 6.  Offer: 7 nights in June now available from £770 based on a family of up to 4 sharing The Old Dairy on a self-catering basis. www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/suffolk-halesworth-old-hall-farm-holiday-barns-1329

Cart Rides, Playgrounds and Ducklings - Chark Country Holidays, Bodmin, Cornwall

For a fun-filled farmyard escape with easy access to the coast and plenty of toddler-friendly attractions, Cornwall’s Chark Country Holidays is ideal. Each of the five spacious cottages on offer are set in a picturesque countryside location, all fitted with stair gates, travel cots and highchairs. Little ones can start the day with a visit to the ducklings on the pond or with a horse and cart ride through farmyard lanes, before joining the farmer on his morning routine - collecting eggs for breakfast, feeding pigs and goats, brushing the miniature horse and having a cuddle with the guinea pigs. Lazy lunches can be spent on the farm, whilst toddlers take a ride on pedal tractors and blow off some steam in the farm playground.
Offer: One week in June for (3rd-10th) is priced from £500 based on a family of five sharing Lowarth Chy cottage on a self-catering basis. www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/cornwall-bodmin-chark-country-holidays-823
A working sheep farm, indoor heated swimming pool and taste of farm life- Church Farm Country Cottage, Bradford-on-Avon

Enjoy a few days away at Church Farm Country Cottages where families can enjoy the surroundings of the working sheep farm and even meet and feed Poppy the pet sheep.  The Indoor Heated Swimming Pool offers a perfect base for all the family to relax after a busy day exploring the area and the farm themed activities and DVD’s available in the cottage will give the young’uns (or parents) an insight into farm life. A short distance away (1/2 a mile) there is Hartley Farm Shop and Kitchen, where children can enjoy the farm-themed playground and meet more farm animals. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/wiltshire-bradford-on-avon-near-bath-church-farm-country-cottages-930

Further properties offering child friendly holidays can be found here http://www.farmstay.co.uk/Accommodation/HolidayIdeas/holidaysforkids