Visiting Matlock Meadows Farm, Derbyshire

Matlock Meadows Farm is a lovely place to visit in the Peak District with kids and is just a five minute drive to the east of Matlock. Meet the farm animals, have a play in all weathers, and grab a bite to eat. Allow a couple of hours for your visit. Parking and use of the play areas are free at Matlock Meadows Farm, although there is an understanding that visitors will purchase something from the cafe.

Due to COVID-19 the play areas (both indoor and outdoor) are shut. However you can still get a take-away ice-cream! This is only available Sundays and Wednesdays 1-3pm. Social distancing rules apply and a one way system is in operation.

This is a place that was recommended to me by a member on our Peak District Kids Facebook Group, and gets our vote as one of the top cafes with a playground in the Peak District.

Around the farm, expect to see cows, goats, chickens, and sheep.

There is both an outdoor and indoor play area. The outdoor play area can get rather muddy, so bring wellies. But the indoor play area makes for a good rainy day option, and is inside the barn and there are small ride on tractors to play on, as well as coin-operated go-carts.

You must try the award-winning Italian style gelato, which is made on site. There are 15 flavours to choose from and each and every one is absolutely delicious (not that I’ve tried them all… yet)! There are also dairy free and gluten fee ice-creams available.

You can also purchase breakfasts and light lunches, as well as the usual hot drinks. Adjacent to the cafe is a separate seating area with a small softplay area for toddlers, and a large wooden train set to play with. To use this area, you must have spent at least £2 in the cafe.

Matlock Meadows ice-cream

Check their website for opening times, these differ in the summer and winter months. Do note that Matlock Meadows Farm is closed on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, although open every day during school holidays and bank holidays.


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