This small farm is set high up in the stunning Trough of Bowland. We were fortunate to visit on a crystal clear sunny day and were wowed by views of big blue skies meeting the sparkling waters off the North West coast, interrupted only by fields and trees. Binoculars were available to rent and so the boys could enjoy spotting ships out at sea too.
On arrival we were greeted by a medley of chickens and cockerels, cooling down with a dirt bath; the boys fancied joining them of course! Over at the barn we met Bonnie and Clyde, a pair of Pygmy goats, along with some of their friends. Next, we headed through the shop and tearoom, collecting an ice cream en route, and into the beautiful gardens. A walk along the paths revealed colourful beds of hostas lining the bank of a bubbling stream, and plenty of open grassed areas to run in.
A super play barn has been added which kids (and indeed grown ups!) will love. It’s got a home corner, ride-on tractors, a sand pit, table tennis and a pool table! We sat outside a lovely summer house, taking in the views and chatting to passing walkers. There was just enough time for a clamber on the outside play area and large wooden tractor before we headed back to the barn for animal feeding.
The farmer and his family are very friendly and on hand to answer questions and have a chat. Cobble Hey has a really lovely feel – like you’ve visited friends who live on a farm, rather than a visitor attraction.
Feb-early Dec, Thurs-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm Adult £4.50, Child £4, under 2s free
Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Off Hobbs Lane, Claughton on Brock, Garstang, Nr Preston PR3 0QN
Tel: 01995 602643 cobblehey.co.uk