pigs racing over obstacles

Foam Parties

During the summer months we’ll be holding foam parties next to the marquee – there will be changing rooms available so make sure you bring a change of clothes or swimwear and a towel. Check the notice board for timings.

pigs racing over obstacles

Pig Racing

These specially trained racing pigs have been preparing all year for their moment in the spotlight and can’t wait to show our guests how speedy they are! Miniature pigs are used for racing as they tend to be quicker and more nimble – it’s really something to watch them go!

The circular track, complete with jumps and tunnels, has been constructed as part of our ongoing programme of improvements and new additions.

Before the race, place your bets to be in with a chance of winning a prize if your chosen pig wins the race. Each zippy piggie will wear a coloured bib so you can keep an eye on their progress as they dash towards the finish line.

The pig racing at Monk Park Farm is part of the general admission fee. All bets are free. Races will take place up to three times a day, with times displayed on the notice at the entrance and by the track which is just past the pond.

As with everything we do on the farm, the welfare of our animals is our highest priority. Racing times may therefore vary, and different pigs will take part in different races to ensure they all get a good rest in between. The piggies generally love racing as it give them fresh air and exercise, as well as a lovely treat at the end. But if we ever think any of them are not enjoying the racing or are too tired, we won’t race them.

Check the signs in the courtyard or petting barn for race times on the day of your visit. We generally run races at 11.30am & 2pm (occasionally at 1pm for school visits).


Outdoor Play Areas

Recently upgraded, the main outdoor play and picnic area is a fantastic large open space with plenty of tables, perfect for families to enjoy time relaxing, whilst the kids can enjoy time climbing and exploring.

We have a large sandpit for digging and building, we provide buckets and spades too.

We also have a second play area down by the lake which has a zip wire, play fort and swings. A hand wash area and animal feed station are also located nearby.


Train Ride & Air Bouncers

‘The Monk Park Express’, which is a gentle ride for all ages, is free to ride. Check the notice boards for operating times.

Our 2 giant Air Bouncers are great fun and provide a unique bouncing experience at a low level and they are suitable for all ages… but you might need a drink or ice cream after burning off all those calories!



In response to feedback received during our first year of ownership, we have changed the majority of our gravel paths to tarmac to make getting around easier with pushchairs, buggies and wheelchairs. Accessibility is very important to us so please bare with us whilst we continue to make improvements.


Indoor Petting Barn

Our indoor petting barn is open daily. Get up close with Guinea Pigs, baby Chicks, our Hen, and Rabbit. Depending on the time of year you can also see baby sheep, goats, llamas and pigs. Check the notice boards for timings.

Bottle Feeding the Young Animals

At certain times of the year we hold bottle feeding sessions for the lambs, calves and kids. These usually happen twice a day either in the Petting Barn or in our new easy access feeding enclosure near the play area. Please check the notice board in the entrance courtyard on arrival for times, location and availability.


The Woodland Walk

Your chance to explore with a relaxing walk around the park, discover Llamas, Alpacas, Sheep, Goats and an array of other animals. Take a walk through our Woodland Walk along side Balk Beck.

We have been working hard to make our footpaths more accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users, the Woodland Walk has been upgraded with a new loose stone path which will make access easier for all visitors. We appreciate your patience while we improve this area of the Park.


The Barrel Ride

Our fantastic barrel ride operates at various times throughout the day depending on demand. Take a mini safari ride through the Deer and Llama park pulled by a vintage red tractor or ATV. (At additional cost)


Ride-on Toys

Ideal for younger children – our ride-on toys are a great way of giving kids a safe way of burning off a bit of energy.


Electric Fun Rides

Our latest attraction – take the wheel of one of fabulous electric ride-on vehicles. Suitable for all ages but younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult. They are coin operated and £1 per ride so remember to bring change!


On busy days we may have to restrict the numbers of children in the Petting Barn to protect the young animals.