Thornton Hall Country Park: Skipton

A few days ago we visited Thornton Hall Country Park, near Skipton, for the first time – it was brilliant! Yet another place that I wish we had visited sooner…

During term time, you can buy a Toddler Club ticket which costs a bargain £5 per toddler, with one adult going free (Monday – Friday, 10am-3pm, term time only). So, for a total of £6 (we spent an extra £1 on animal feed), we spent a wonderful few hours exploring this fantastic farm park!

Thornton Hall Country Park (Shipley Mums)

The Tractor Ted Barn is a huge indoor space containing giant slides, ride on tractors, three multi-level sandpits with toys, a straw maze, rope swings and animal petting zones. There are also a couple of smaller Little Tikes slides and rocking horses.

Outside you can find a wooden adventure play area, an inflatable bouncy tractor, a real-life tractor that you can sit in and animals grazing in the paddocks.

Also available at an additional cost are junior quad bikes, the 4WD farm safari and the giant caterpillar ride.

For us, the real hits were the multi-level sandpits, the ride on tractors, the Little Tikes slides and the outdoor adventure play area. The guinea pigs and baby chicks were shown minor interest, but on this visit, the animals definitely lost out to the super exciting play areas! However, if your children are interested, you’ll also find goats, sheep and lambs, cows and calves, llamas, miniature and Shetland ponies and much more.

We didn’t attend one, but included in our admission price was a specific Toddler Club session. These are available Monday to Friday as follows:

  • Monday –       Yoga Tots – 11-11.45am
  • Tuesday –       Fairytale Tuesdays – 11.30am-3pm
  • Wednesday – Mini Farmers – 11am-1pm
  • Thursday –     Trot & Pose – 10.30am-3pm
  • Friday –           Heartbeeps – 1-1.45pm


When:  10am-3/4.30pm (seasonal closing times – please refer to website)

Where: Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, Near Skipton, BD23 3TS

Cost:      Children £6.50, Adults £6, Seniors £5.50, Under 2’s £3.75, Under 1’s Free

Extra Info: Suitable for children of all ages. On-site café and outdoor picnic area, regular one-off events and party packages available.

Contact Details: For more information, please telephone 01282 841148, email or visit the website.


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