Blaze Farm, Cheshire: a family fun day out in the Peak District
Over in the Cheshire corner, Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough is one of our favourite days out with young kids in the Peak District. Meet farm animals, treat yourselves to their scrummy homemade ice-cream in the tearooms, enjoy the short nature walk to take in those stunning Peak District views, and let the kids go wild in the play area. And if you’re visiting the Peak District at Easter, you will be able to visit the lambing shed and witness ewes giving birth to their lambs!
Plus, it’s totally free to visit! Although entry to the lambing shed in April is £1.50 per person.
PLEASE NOTE: The café re-opens on 13th March for take-away ice-cream, but the nature trail, outdoor seating, pottery and craft studio, and lambing shed remain closed.
Meet the farm animals
On our most recent visit there were baby goats in the animal shed! Also expect to see donkeys, pigs (who always seem to be snoring away), ponies and cows. Down by the lake there are also ducks and geese to feed. And during the winter months you can have a chat with the cows in the cow shed.
This remains closed this April.
Lambing season takes over Blaze Farm every April, and visitors are invited into the lambing shed to watch lambs being born. You also get the chance to hold one of the lambs! Entry is £1.50 per person and payable on the door. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
The Nature Walks
There are two signposted nature walks across the land surrounding Blaze Farm. The shorter one is only 1 km and a perfect short walk in the Peak District for little legs.
Follow the signs across the meadows, through the woodland (where you’ll come across carved animals in the wood and a den to play in) and back up to the farm, passing the ducks and geese.
The Tea Room and ice-cream
The main reason anyone really comes to Blaze Farm is for the homemade ice-cream! Enjoy in a cone or buy a tub to take home for later. There are so many flavours to try; from standard vanilla and chocolate, to Mandarin and Turkish Delight, and at Christmas you can try Christmas Pudding and Irish Cream!
You can also order delicious home made lunches, including sandwiches, paninis, soups, jacket potatoes, traditional ploughmans, and mouth-wateringly good deserts. They also do one of the best hot chocolates in the Peak District.
Enjoy your food in the tea room at the back with lovely views overlooking the hills. Or cosy up in the stable area. The tea room is a good option for little ones as there are books to read and bricks to play with.
Outside the tea rooms is a courtyard area with picnic benches (although it is kindly requested not to bring your own food to eat here).
Here you’ll find a tube slide to play on as well as a big tractor to climb on and pretend drive.
The Potty Sheep
There is also a ceramics studio on site. Kids (and parents) can get crafty and paint a masterpiece on mugs, plates, bowls, and tiles. Or for parents visiting with babies, perhaps do a handprint or footprint on a plate! This is a perfect rainy day activity.
The Potty Sheep is open 12 pm to – 5 pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There’s no website, but it’s worth calling ahead to check they’re open and book (01260 227266).
If you are on the Matlock side of the Peak District, you may want to check out Matlock Meadows. It’s a similar set up to Blaze Farm, but has a larger outdoor and indoor play area.
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