If there’s one thing that my kids love, it’s a farm and the chance to feed animals.

Whether that’s petting small animals, or watching bigger ones shove each other out of the way to get the food, it’s one of their favourite family days out.

Having pretty much exhausted all of our local family farms, a little while ago, I came across Roundshill Farm in Kenilworth.

It’s a working farm that set up during lockdown to offer people the chance to spend some time outside amongst animals. The idea is that you book an hour to ‘meet and greet’ the animals in your support bubbles, so you get the whole place to yourselves.

Meet and greet the animals

We had a friendly guy called Max, who helped the kids to handle the animals, told us some facts about the breeds, and filled us in on how the farm came about.

This first half of our slot was dedicated to the smaller animals. The kids absolutely loved holding and stroking rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, and even a duck. We then moved on to feeding the pigs, sheep, goats and cows.

One pot of animal food is included in the price, but extra pots are available for £1 each. Lucky really, seeing as my son emptied the whole lot out into the pig enclosure!

What else is at Roundshill Farm?

At the moment, there’s really only a refreshments van with picnic tables at the moment, but apparently they plan to add a cafe. I can see it becoming a bigger attraction over time.

For sanitisation, there is a little hand washing station with hand gel available, although I’d recommend having your own supplies as it can get a bit messy. For example, my son fell in mud and needed to be baby wiped down!

Wellies are a definite must!

The farm is only small but is pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

It’s pretty easy to find, just outside Kenilworth with parking available.

At a glance

  • Family working farm for animal meet and greet sessions
  • Tickets are £10 per car for the hour (exclusively yours for the slot)
  • Book your 1 hour slot on the Facebook page
  • Portable toilet, refreshments van and picnic benches available
  • Roundshill Farm, Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NN