Fun-Filled Farm Escapes for All the Family this May Half Term

Families looking to holiday at home this May half term need look no further than Farm Stay UK; which offers a host of rural escapes for those after a fun-filled farm-based activity holiday. From farmyard markets and Three Peak challenges in Yorkshire and biking and bug safaris in Devon, to hiring boats, hiking and exploring national parks on two wheels in Wales, there’re plenty of adrenaline-filled escapes for families of all ages.

Prices start from £450 for a 7 night break in Devon, based on a family of 4 sharing on a self-catering basis. Highlights of family holidays still available to book throughout May Half Term (27 May-04 June 2016) are below, with the full collection available to view at

Farmyard Markets and Three Peak Challenges- Layhead Farm Cottages, North Yorkshire
Tucked away down a private lane in the pretty village of Rathmell in North Yorkshire, Layhead Farm comprises of an 18th century farmhouse and collection of converted stone barns, each traditionally decorated in a country-chic style; boasting cosy open fires, private gardens and sweeping views of surrounding Dales’ countryside. Families after a challenge this May half term can don their wellies or walking boots to explore the famous Three Peaks or take mountain bike rides through the wooded Forrest of Bowland, whilst those simply after a taste of the good life can head to a number of small villages for weekly farmyard markets- packed full of locally grown goodies. Little ones can also enjoy exploring the on-site wooden playground and games room.

7 nights (27 May-03 June) available from £600 based on a family of 5 sharing Cobblestones on a self-catering basis.

National Parks and Rowing Boats- Cyfie Farm, Llanfyllin, Powys
Set on the fringes of Snowdonia National Park, Cyfie Farm is home to a small cluster of 17th century converted cottages that each boast original features (exposed brickwork, oak beams, log fires) and a warm farmhouse atmosphere- ideal for families after a rural escape steeped in Welsh history. Little ones will enjoy exploring the grounds where summerhouses, wild gardens and friendly farm animals await, whilst adults relax in the hot tub, keeping eyes peeled for rare birdlife. Families can also head out on hiking trails through the national park or travel to nearby Lake Vyrnwy to hire rowing boats, dinghies and canoes. Plus, a host of ancient castles, historic houses, fishing lakes and sleepy villages are all within easy reach.

7 nights (27 May-03 June) available from £575 based on a family of 4 sharing Shepherds Watch on a self-catering basis.

Animals, Activity Packs and Adventure Playgrounds- Godford Farm, Honiton, Devon
Nestled within Devonshire’s countryside, the working farm of Godford provides the perfect base for families looking to explore the picture-perfect south coast. Its cottages have been lovingly converted from a Grade II listed stable block into modern accommodation with stylish interiors, brimming with character, as well as sweeping countryside views. Families can don wellies, explore wildflower fields and bottle-feed baby animals on the farm, before enjoying lazy lunches where adults relax on sun-trap patios and kids enjoy the adventure play area and games barn. The farm even lends little ones a fun activity pack during their stay, with games and instructions on how to fossil hunt, listen for bats and enjoy bug safaris. Further afield, Honiton offers street markets, antique shops and cool cafes or the coast is just a short drive away.

7 nights (27 May-03 June) available from £450 based on a family of 4 sharing Olw Hayes on a self-catering basis.

Farmyard Fun and Farmer Duties- Siabod Cottage, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia
Located just two miles from the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia National Park, in the grounds of 17th century Llannerch Goch Country House, the recently converted Siabod Cottage is ideal for families after a relaxing break in the Welsh countryside. Though traditional in decor, the cottage boasts plenty of modern touches including a large American fridge freezer, a 40" Flat Screen TV, iPod docking station and DVD player as well as sweeping views across Snowdonia’s mountains. Mornings can be spend touring the farm- where kids can help the farmer feed the ducks and collect fresh eggs for their breakfast- before trying out fishing on the Llyn Brenigor reservoir and exploring surrounding trails on mountain bike (available to hire at nearby Beics Betws). Spend evenings in front of the cosy wood-burner with board games and DVDs.

7 nights (28 May-04 June) available from £795 based on a family of 4 sharing Siabod on a self-catering basis

Medieval Towns and Wildlife Parks- Manor Farm Cottages, Berkshire
Set in the small village of Hampstead Norreys, this luxurious block of Grade II listed cottages offer a great base for families looking to spend May half term exploring Berkshire’s beautiful countryside and historic villages. The four cottages have been converted from an 18th century stableblock and boast beamed ceilings, oak floors, granite worktops, crisp linen and plenty of contemporary touches. Plus, families with little ones in tow needn’t bring all their gear as highchairs and stairgates are also available upon request. Set around a large courtyard, there is plenty of safe, open space for kids to run around in, and there is a lovely village shop just over the road, packed full of local goodies. The cottages are close to many walking routes and cycle paths, as well as a host of family attractions (such as Highclere Castle and Cotswold Wildlife Park) and medieval walled towns.

7 nights (28 May-04 June) available from £750 based on a family of 4 sharing the Hayloft on a self-catering basis.