- Cotswold Farm Park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is the home of rides, barns, and trails.
- Walk around Cheltenham countryside and the Cotswolds as you learn about the farm.
- Enjoy a ride on your horse across beautiful parkland.
- Discover the working farm and conservation efforts.
- Enjoy some Cotswold Farm Park camping as you stay the night on the farm.
Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, colloquially known as Adams Farm, is in the heart of the Cotswolds and has so much for families to enjoy. Meet bunnies, butterflies, and lots more babies on the farm, and relax as you camp. If you're looking for a Cotswolds farm park, this is one of the best to visit. You might also like Slimbridge Wetland Centre for some more fascinating animals, or the Clearwell Caves.
In 1962, Joe Henson and Joe Neave took over Bemborough Farm. They began growing barley and looked after some commercial sheep. By 1969, Henson was looking after rare animals starting with two Gloucester cows and two Gloucestershire Old Spot sows. He also took in a variety of animals from Whipsnade Zoo. In 1971, Cotswold Farm Park opened to the public, the first of its kind. Henson and Neave hoped the Farm Park would help publicise the work that was being done, particularly with their rare animals. In 1973, Henson became chair of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, which has meant no other native livestock breed has become extinct in the UK since 1973. In 1976, Joe presented a series for the BBC and in 1999, passed the farm onto his son Adam Henson. Adam became the presenter of Countryfile in 2001. By 2014, the farm was awarded Farm Attraction of the Year by the National Farm Attractions Network, so you can tell it's one of the best Cotswold farms in the area.
Within the Farm Park, there is lots to do. Do you want to see a rare breed of sheep or cow? The Rare Breeds through History Trail will let you engage with history. With a packet of animal snacks, you can meet each rare breed that lives at the park and discover how they came to be, and how they came to the farm. At the Animal Barn, it's the best place to spot newborn animals. Piglets, foals, calves and kids all come together, and you can watch the ewes be born in the spring. The Discovery Barn is for smaller animals. Rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and ducklings can all be found inside. You can learn about them at Cotswold Farm Park, and ask experts lots of questions. Take a wildlife walk on the Wildlife Walk! You'll see beautiful views from the heart of the Cotswolds and maybe see some rare wildlife among the flowers like the Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Barton Bushes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of this gorgeous wildlife. There's also the exciting Farm Safari. The farm park is 1000 feet above sea level, so on top of the viewing tower and platforms, you can see for miles.
Want to have a ride? Bring your horse, and you can ride across the estate. With trails, grass, open hillsides, and the clear waters of River Windrush, you'll have a great time on your horse. The route covers approximately 10 miles of varied terrain. There's also a shorter route of 3 miles. There are 50 optional jumps available. A photographer is available for the ride, as well as a loyalty card for every rider. Every rider gets a rosette, and free tea and coffee. You can also play in the Adventure Barn, for 2-6-year-olds, with ride-on toys and a sandy beach. There's also Dolly's playpen, a soft play for under 4s.
There's a 650-hectare farm attached to Cotswold Farm Park. Crop production, breeding animals, meat and wool and more all take place. The conservation area was opened in Spring 2013. Discover how the farmers are working with nature and around nature. There's a pond as well as bird boxes and bug houses, and lots of birds are fed throughout the year. The Wildlife Walk takes families through the conservation area.
Stay at the Cotswold Farm Park, with a pod, lodge, glamping or pitching a tent. You'll be able to take care of the animals while you're on the farm, as well as camp amongst beautiful nature. The lodges are a touch of luxury. The glamping tents is an oasis of calm. Camping pods are like a tent but already built for you. Pitches are perfect for your tent.
Enjoy fun, seasonal events like the Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch. Find your pumpkins, take them home, and get some professional photos. There's also the Sunflower Fields to explore as well as a Potato Patch. You also might find live music or some other brilliant entertainment.
Feeling hungry? The Ox Shed Café and Bar serves a variety of food and drinks from hot meals to ice creams. The Milk Churn serves hot and cold takeaway food. Dolly's Snack Bar is great for a light bite. You can also bring your own picnic. Want something to remember your day? The shop has gifts for adults and children. Toys and souvenirs are all available to purchase, even without a ticket. Want to explore Cheltenham some more? There's plenty to eat, drink, and see.
Things to know before you go
- The Cotswold Farm Park opening times are 9.30am to 5pm.
- The indoor barns, café and visitor centre, are accessible and wheelchair-friendly.
- The adventure play areas and ‘Rare Breeds Through History’ walkway and can be accessed via a stony, uneven path. Electric wheelchairs do better here.
- There are baby changing facilities in all of the toilet areas.
- There are accessible toilets available.
- All areas of the Farm Park are buggy accessible.
- To get to Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park by car, it's an hour and a half from Birmingham and two and a half hours from London. Parking is free.
- By train, Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham are the closest stations; both are approximately 20 minutes by taxi to Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park.
- There are no buses to the Cotswold Farm Park.
- There's a Coach and Car Park in Bourton on the Water.