With so many things to do for kids young and old, Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground makes for a fun day out for all the family.

In the farmyard you'll meet our friendly animals, from pigs and horses to our mischievous goats and guinea pigs. We're also delighted to be home to a number of rare breeds including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Albion cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Bagot goats and Cream Legbar chickens.

From the farmyard, take the secret tunnel to the children's playground for exciting adventures, where your young ones will enjoy burning off some energy. Use an Archimedes screw to fetch water from the stream, or dig in the huge sand play area.

Important information: We're working on an exciting new redevelopment of the playground which will open in late spring. This means that part of the playground, including the zip wire and climbing frame, will not be accessible over half term. We're sorry for any disappointment, but promise it will be worth the wait.

We can't wait to welcome you

Everything you need to plan your day

About the farmyard

The farmyard at Chatsworth has been a favourite day out for children of all ages since 1973, when it opened with a variety of animals including cows, sheep and lambs, pigs, horses, goats and poultry, as well as a milking parlour for demonstrations. 

Since then we've introduced the adventure playground and more exciting activities for children to get involved in, as well as developing our breeding programme for rare and sometimes critically endangered breeds.

In 2021, we were thrilled to be awarded Rare Breeds Survival Trust accreditation, recognising our important contribution to the conservation of some of the rarest livestock and equine breeds native to the UK, from Suffolk Punch horses and Shire horses to British Landrace pigs and Eriskay ponies.

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Muck in at the farmyard

Muck in at the farmyard ;

Meet our farmyard friends

View a few of our friendly faces before your visit

What's on?

Events in the farmyard

Half-term in the farmyard


Bring your young ones along to the farmyard and adventure playground this half term, where they can meet our friendly animals and burn off some energy.

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Friends preview day


Every year, we welcome Friends of Chatsworth to preview our new exhibition, and to enjoy exclusive talks, tours and experiences.

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