Category Archives: Our Museum


There are a variety of animals kept on site. These may change throughout the open season but generally include pigs, goats, ponies, a variety of sheep, poultry and ducks, some of which are rare breeds.

Please note the museum is not a petting farm but most of our livestock are very friendly and visitors often interact with them. We ask that if you touch the animals or their pens that you wash your hands afterwards. Please consult your visitor information sheet (given to you on arrival) to find out where hand washing facilities are located around the site.


Family Visits

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is a great attraction for families but don’t just take it from us, here are some comments from our visitors:

‘Brilliant, relaxed, animals to pet, great displays of farm history and World War Two…two happy girls and two happy grandparents!’

‘Came for a look…can’t wait to bring the children so they can enjoy it too!’

‘Excellent day out, good value and marvellous service!’

Please note: Tractor rides are only available on certain event days and Bank Holidays. It is always wise to check what is happening on site before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Four Seasons – The Farming Year

Our main exhibition hall takes the visitor through a year on the farm and depicts the changing work of the farmer through the seasons, charting the inexorable shift from human effort to mechanisation. Many of the items on display date from the early 1800s to the 1960s; a period of major change in agricultural technology.

The upper floor of the gallery is dedicated to an exhibition exploring the history of the Women’s Land Army in World War One and World War Two.

The building is fully accessible with a lift linking the two floors.

Livestock Gallery

Our Livestock Gallery will help you explore how domesticated animals have been kept through the ages.  The displays focus on the history of different types of livestock alongside associated tools and equipment in the reconstructed dairy parlour,  blacksmiths forge and vet’s surgery.

For our younger visitors, there is a table top farm and a small selection of games in the play area. (Parents are respectfully reminded that they are responsible for the supervision of their children at all times whilst they are on site).

Did you know: The equipment in the vet’s surgery were personal effects of Alf Wight aka James Herriot, the famous veterinary surgeon from Thirsk.

Nature Trail

Our nature trail takes you on a gentle stroll around the site and provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn a little about the rich diversity of wildlife that lives on, under and above the farming landscape.


Please note, the nature trail has a path but in poor weather, it may not be accessible for wheelchairs or buggies. It is also advisable to wear sensible footwear when walking the trail.


The play area is suitable for a range of ages, adults and children alike! Toy pedal tractors (generously donated by Farmstar Ltd of Doncaster and Brigg) are also available for use by under 8s though we do ask that people return these to the tractor park at the Four Seasons building when you have finished using them!

The playground is located opposite the picnic area where there are many picnic tables and plenty of green space.

Women’s Land Army

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) began during World War 1 when many men left farming to fight in the trenches. Women took over in the fields to help grow the food the country needed. Food couldn’t be imported and we needed to be self-sufficient. When Britain went to war again in 1939 the Land Army was called up a second time. By 1944 there were 80,000 women working on farms all across the country.

They did every kind of farm work from driving tractors to milking cows and harvesting wheat. They also worked in the forests cutting down trees because wood was also in very short supply. Despite their efforts and the vital part they played in the war, the WLA was not officially recognised for their work until 2008 when they were issued with a badge from DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.