If your from North Yorkshire you may have heard of Birchfield Ice Cream, it is a family working farm that in recent years has grown to quite a attraction, but not yet that commercial where you avoid it like the plague!
We have been coming here for quite a few years now when we visit my parents in law caravan in Ripley and love each visit. I thought it was about time I shared this little gem with others!
Every year they offer lots of different events throughout the season, but the two main events we always make sure we come along for is the Pumpkin Patch event in the October half term for Halloween and the Lambing Live over the Easter weekend.
At Halloween you can go down into the pumpkin patch and choose your own pumpkin and bring them up to be washed and then on into the barn to carve your pumpkin and feed the scraps to the pigs! (always a highlight) They also have other activities on in the background and everywhere is dressed for halloween. I have added a few photos of previous years below.
The farm is located in Summerbridge, Harrogate and is a brilliant day out with the family all year round. When we arrived we paid in and in total it cost us £6 (2 adults and 1 child) then £2.50 to participate in the easter egg trail for Zach. Not a bad price for a family of four, Eli went free. Especially considering you can easily spend a good afternoon here and with the introduction of the new bigger cafe you can while away some time there too.
When we arrived today it was busy – but not so busy that it makes you not want to get out of the car and turnaround home. We went straight in to see the lambs and ewes in the barn. There was plenty of lambs, some older than others and Zach took the opportunity to sit and hold one on his knee with Steph. Eli absolutely loved it too and stretched his hand out to get a feel. Obviously going to be a big animal lover like his Mammy and brother. We then qued up to have a turn at feeding the lambs – which the farm does each day at 11am or 2pm through lambing season. I helped Zach out with this, normally I stay well clear of farm animals (im sh*t scared of them) but how scary can a small lamb be right?? Yeah I know what your thinking – big bloke and frightened of farm animals, how pathetic! Well dont judge, I may have a totally valid reason….but I dont!!! Im just an absolute wally that is terrified that they may bite me!!!! Hahahaha
This year they also had chicks on show in one of the rooms off the cafe, alongside some of the incubators. Last time we gave Zach a chick to hold he was 18months old at the Yorkshire Show and he gripped it so hard I was petrified that the poor thing wouldn’t make it out alive! So needless to say I was holding my breath when he asked to pick one up, but he held it perfectly and proudly showed Eli him and telling him excitedly that he would grow into a hen soon!
We also took part in the easter egg hunt – wandering around the farm yard and grounds to find the gold egg boards with questions on to answer. Once you had collected all the answers – it was back to the bunnys burrow to pick up a special easter egg treat from the Easter bunny!
To finish off the afternoon we headed into the cafe for an ice cream – the ice cream is made on the farm from the Jersey cows and is delicious! They always have some really different flavours on such a liquorice or jammy dodger! Zach plucked for chocolate (surprise surprise) I had praline and Steph had elderflower ripple! All in all another lovely few hours spent in the best way with the family.
If your local – go give it a try, even its just for an ice cream.