Lancaster Park
& Animal Farm

A great day out for the whole family!



We are open EVERYDAY for SUMMER HALF TERM – Friday 25th May – Monday 3rd June

Hello and welcome

Lancaster Park & Animal Farm is a family run childrens’ petting farm located in Chadderton near Oldham which offers a great day out for all the family!

Visitors are invited to meet, touch and feed the animals.  We have a range of animals from horses and sheep to rabbits, chickens and many more.  We have two play areas with swings, slides and ziplines dotted along a scenic Nature Walk.  Ride on the Caterpillar barrel ride, drive our mini quads on the Rooster Rally, dig up the sand pit at Digger Island or maybe you can take on the pirates at our Pirate Shoot-out!  Please feel free to bring your own picnic to eat at the picnic benches.

We love our farm and our animals, and we’re sure you will too!

Our History

Lancaster Park & Animal Farm was opened in 2011 by Benjamin Lancaster.  Ben, who was born in 1940, started out as a coal miner before moving into demolition. The land he purchased for the Park was previoulsy used for landfill.

Today the farm is looked after by Ben’s children David, John and Lily alongside a small group of dedicated volunteers and staff members.  The family are dedicated to improving and reinvesting in the farm and are sure you’ll see it get better and better over the coming years.  They would like to say a massive thank you all those who have given their time to help build up the farm over the years… Onwards and upwards!

Activities & Events

Read Our Reviews!

Top little farm in manchester. It is definitely a much less industrial feel than other farms I’ve been to.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that the animals seem happy and well looked after, they have huge open pastures to live in and they almost seem like visitors themselves, rather than caged up performers. Less commercial.

Also expect to pay around half the price of a typical farm.

I also know that they sell some of their smaller animals and a friend had a much better experience buying from this farm than from pets at home, as the animals have been handled from birth.

Kids love it and we love it.

Ryan Rafferty Avatar Ryan Rafferty

Went with a 1 year old in a buggy and I have to say us adults had a great time! Plenty to do and see and a lovely walk around the farm. Make sure you do buy a bucket of bread or carrots to feed the animals. We were ushered by staff into the lamb feeding barn and loved every minute of that experience. They have a hot dog/ice cream van, but also plenty of benches and seats picnic areas should you wish to bring a packed lunch. Washrooms were clean and plenty of hand washing stations. I am 7 months pregnant and there were plenty of informative signs for which animals not to touch and avoid. Lovely farm in the middle of Oldham!

Juliana McKie Avatar Juliana McKie

4 star ratingEnjoyable family fun On arrival I realised I’d no cash in my purse. Which was an issue as they don’t take cards. (There is a Tesco [turn right as you exit the farm] 10 mins away on foot with a cash point though, so that was good). It cost £11 for one adult and two kids.

You can buy small pales of carrots and bread to feed animals at £1 a pale. Which is great. I saw other people taking their own carrots and bread in so I assume it wouldn’t be an issue.

We had glorious weather. We spent about three hours there. It would have been longer but we had to get home to our dog.

(No pets allowed there). It’s ideal for smaller kids as it’s not a massive walk.

There are paths all around the site, gravelly and uneven in places but people seemed to be managing with pushchairs ok. There’s slight slopes to walk up so it may be an issue for some people. Staff use mobility scooters to get around the site, so if you use one it’s possible. However be ready for a bumpy ride!

We took a packed lunch which I was pleased about as the availability of food was quite limited (hot dogs and ice creams). Prices from £1 to £2.50 if I remember rightly.

The animals are varied and we all enjoyed feeding them.

Sadly we missed the feeding of the lambs as it was so busy. So to avoid disappointment arrive early!

Petting the rabbits was a high point for my sons. They were beaming!

The park has two nice play areas and both have seating available for picnics. The zip line was great fun.

The caterpillar ride for £1.50 was excellent! My sons loved it. The dry dusty dirt blew about a lot and they were filthy afterwards. Which is neither here nor there but, if you are planning going else where afterwards you may want to bare it in mind.

Around the outside of the park itself there’s a canal, with pathways that would be a lovely walk or bike ride. Next time I’ll be sure to do that.

There’s a pub down (turn right as you leave the farm) road where you can get a pub lunch should you feel inclined.

Also there is a train station right outside for trains into Manchester.

Christina G Avatar Christina G

Wonderful family day out! We bought our buckets of carrots and bread and fed the farm animals on the lovely nature walk circuit (30 minute walk). We also got to hold mice, rabbits and Guinea pigs; we fed lambs from milk bottles and had a picnic in the play area. It was reasonably priced too (£3.50 for adults £4 for children). We'll come again. Thank you for the experience!

Gary Carse Avatar Gary Carse

5 star ratingGreat memories made here! This little gem of a place is truly amazing. The animals are well cared for, the staff are friendly.

The scenery is stunning.

Our 10yr old daughter loved feeding the lambs, cuddling a tiny mouse and riding on the caterpillar. We didn’t want to go home.

It was lovely feeding all of the animals on our walk around the park, we bought more food and walked around it again.

We’ll be returning, it’s well worth every penny.

Thanks to all in making this place special for all to enjoy.

Lisa J Avatar Lisa J

4 star ratingDisappointing lack of butterflies My new boyfriend took me here recently, I had wanted to see the butterflies but we were disappointed to find out there were no butterflies. However he took me round the rest of the park and it more than made up for it, it just goes to show that I dont need no butterflies when he gives me the Oldham Zoo.

haileesteinfeld2018 Avatar haileesteinfeld2018

Our Animals

We have over 50 species of farm and domesticated animals on the farm – many of which we have helped to rescue.

We aim to provide the best possible environment and lifestyle for each of our animals to help them lead a happy and healthy life.

Several are real characters and some can be quite naughty on occasion!

Special Events

We have lots of Special Events at Lancaster Park across the whole year.

Our Location

Middleton Road West
Mills Hill
Oldham OL1 2TG

(Opposite Mills Hill Train Station)

Opening Times

We are open EVERY Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We’re OPEN EVERY DAY through the School Holidays and ALL Bank Holidays!

The farm is open from 10am to 4pm (last entry at 3.15pm)

The Petting Barn is open from 12pm to 3pm only.

Admission Prices

Adults – £3.50, Children – £4.00

Children under 12 months old – FREE

Optional – Food Buckets £1, Rooster Rally £1, Caterpillar Ride £1.50, Digger Island £1, Pirate Shootout £1

Get in touch now

We welcome enquiries from members of the public, schools, playgroups, organisations and others.