Tatton Park is a huge historical estate in Knutsford, Cheshire. The Estate is made up of an 18th Century mansion; 50 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens; 1000 acres of deer park; an historic working farm; a medieval Old Hall; a large adventure playground and more, and is owned by the National Trust who administer it jointly with Cheshire East Council.
What is great about Tatton is that you can pay separately for the different attractions, meaning that you can do as little or as much as you wish. We recently visited Tatton Park Farm, which is a great place for a day out with the kids. We had a great time exploring the authentic working farm buildings (including a mill and a slaughterhouse which, I must admit, we avoided!) looking at the original farm machinery, meeting all of the different animals (some rare native breeds) and learning about how the farm produced food for the large estate from the late 18th century to the 1950s.
Things to See at Tatton Park Farm
During our visit to Tatton Farm we met a brand new calf who had only been born that morning, lots of very cute piglets, some huge horses, donkeys, lambs, guinea pigs, chickens, goats and even a reindeer, and there were various farm-hands around to answer our questions about all of the animals. The children enjoyed exploring Aunt Mary’s cottage, which is like stepping back in time to a traditional 1940s farm cottage, and we all had a go at ‘milking’ a wooden cow in the farm’s shippon where at certain times of the year the estate’s real dairy cows are milked.
There is an indoor play barn at the farm but as we were visiting on a rain-free day we headed for the woodland play trail and den building zone where the children enjoyed letting off some steam amongst the trees. This is a lovely shaded spot and a great area for the kids to explore.
Activities at Tatton Park Farm
We visited out of season so there weren’t any specific activities on but farming and kids’ activities take place throughout high season and there’s lots on offer this Summer. From 23rd July to 24th August there’s daily storytelling, food demonstrations (Tuesdays: ice cream making, Thursdays: jam making, Sundays: cheese making), milking demonstrations and even sheep racing, and you can also meet chicks in the hatchery and watch the mill machines in action. Additionally, there are three themed weeks in August which sound like great fun: Tractor Week runs from 3rd-9th with a special visit from Tractor Ted on the 3rd; Birds of Prey Week runs from 10th-16th when you can meet and learn more about birds of prey and watch the daily flying show; and Family Forest Fun Week runs from 17th-23rd when you can take part in den building, woodland storytelling and navigation, and toast marshmallows over the campfire. On Sunday 11th August the Farm is hosting a Fun Dog Show with ten novelty classes including Saddest Eyes, Waggiest Tail and Scruffiest Dog, plus a fun agility course; and Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August is a Traditional Country Weekend at the Farm – a weekend of classic English fayre and fun with traditional country crafts, food and drink.