Come and say hello
The farmyard at Chatsworth has been a favourite day out for children of all ages since 1973. There are so many farmyard friends to meet and there are animal handling sessions too.
Scroll through the photos below to meet a few of our farmyard friends.
Hello, I'm Eugenie, a Suffolk Punch mare and a rare breed.
My ancestors used to pull carts and work the fields, but the arrival of machines meant I wasn't needed any more and my breed nearly became extinct.
Come and say hello, I'm very friendly.
Let me introduce myself, I'm Seamus, one of the donkeys.
I love it at Chatsworth because I get my nose stroked a lot.
Sometimes you'll hear me braying loudly when it's time for tea.
Hello everyone, I'm April. My nickname is 'smiler', can you see why?
I was born here with my twin brother Arthur. I like my visits to the farmyard because I get to see my other farmyard friends.
You'll get to meet them too.
Hello, I'm Custard, a guinea pig who loves sitting on knees.
I like being stroked, I like vegetables, I like being stroked, I like fruit, I like being stroked... You get the idea!
When I'm excited, I make a noise called a wheek.
The rustle of a vegetable bag makes me wheek. Did I mention that I like vegetables?
Grace and friend
Hello, hello, hello
We're pygmy goats, which is why we're so small.
Being small means you can have lots of fun. When no one's looking, we squeeze through the bars of our pen and go and explore the barn.
People think we're very sweet when they meet us, we have no idea why?
We have a working farmyard at Chatsworth. You can see our cows being milked almost every day until the end of October. Fun and educational – it's a great way for little ones to learn about where their favourite drink comes from.
Find out more about farmyard activities.
If you're looking for a gift with a difference, why not consider a gift experience at the Chatsworth farmyard?
We offer half-day events for children to join our farmyard team to help with their daily jobs. It's a chance to get really hands-on caring for the Chatsworth farmyard animals.
There is the young farmers event for children aged between 6 and 11, and there is the young farmers+ event (back in 2018) for children aged between 12 and 16.