1. Row Farm Cottage, from £400
Enjoy the Lake District while staying on a 175-acre working livestock farm. Your accommodation will be at Row Farm Cottage, which sleeps four. The farm, near the beautiful Eskdale Valley, rears suckler cows and sheep, and the farmer is happy to show guests around when sheep are lambing and cows are calving. Dating back to the 1700s, the property is in the hamlet of Waberthwaite, a mile from an Irish Sea beach in the Western Lakes. The village has a pub serving good food and a farm shop known for its Cumberland sausage and bacon.
THE DEAL: Cumbrian Cottages have a week from March 31 for £415 and from April 7 for £445 (or from March 24 £345 and April 14 for £400). Details
2. Feather Down Farms, from £405
Try “glamping” in a farm setting. Large bell tents come equipped with pillows, kitchens, oil lamps, and candles, and there’s organic produce on the site. The lambing season means visitors can get a close-up look at the new arrivals as well as helping out with bottle-feeding. There are Feather Down Farms offering lambing in Oxfordshire, Northern Ireland, North Wales, Exmoor, Cumbria (the farm that hosted the BBC’s
Lambing Live), Snowdonia, Somerset and Sussex.
THE DEAL: A long weekend from Friday March 30 until Monday April 2 costs £405 per tent (sleeps six). Good Friday until Tuesday April 10, £535. Details
3. Fair Oak Farm, from £313
Nestled in a 12-acre estate in the Wealden Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fair Oak Farm in East Sussex has alpacas and rare-breed peacocks that guests can feed. Free-range chickens provide organic eggs, and the farm has a wildlife protection plan including owl-enticement nests. You won’t get bored here: cooking courses, yoga classes, cycle hire, archery and falconry are all available on site by prior arrangement, as is fishing at neighbouring Lakedown Fisheries, owned by Roger Daltrey, singer with rock legends The Who.
THE DEAL: Converted Grade II-listed buildings, Barn and Cow Shed, sleeping six, are available on the following dates: March 5-9, March 12-16, March 19-23, March 26-30 and April 2-6) for £680; Grain Store and Stable Cottage, sleeping two-four, from £313. Details
4. Bardown Farm, from £494
There’s a traditional mix of sheep, hens and pigs at Bardown Farm, Stonegate, in the heart of the High Weald, East Sussex. Children can collect fresh eggs and help bottle-feed the lambs. Lambing starts in earnest from mid-March. The farm has four cottages, each sleeping four, with one adapted for limited-mobility and wheelchair users. There is also a heated outdoor pool (open from April) and an outdoor play area. National Trust properties nearby include Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst with canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, golf, and Go Ape at Bedgebury, all within easy reach.
THE DEAL: Four nights in Ewe Cottage, arriving March 29 costs £494; seven nights in Roost or Crow Cottage, March 30, costs £795. Details
5. Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, from £96pppn
Celebrate spring with a trip to the spectacular mountainscapes surrounding Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa in mid-Wales. This four-star hotel sits on the fringe of Snowdonia, overlooking the lake of the same name. Guests can visit the lambing sheds of the neighbouring RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Farm. Lambing visits are available at 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout March.
THE DEAL: Two nights from £96pppn, including breakfast and five-course dinner on both nights. Available March 24 - April 29, Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday, excluding Easter weekend. Details
6. Barn Cottage, from £469
Get back to nature with a Cornish farm stay. Barn Cottage, sleeping six, is a stunning barn conversion on an organic farm in Ruan Major on the Lizard peninsula, with rare-breed, free-range chickens. The farm is a conservation area for rare birds and other wildlife. Visit the owners’ workshops where you can take half-day courses in organic vegetable growing and yoga classes.
THE DEAL: Cornish Cottages have seven nights from March 31, April 7 and 14 for £512 (or from March 24 and April 21 for £469). Details
7. Cundall Lodge Farm, from £80
A grade II-listed Georgian house, Cundall Lodge farm, in Cundall, York, has sweeping views across the Vale of York to the Hambleton Hills. A traditional family farm, it grows cereal, grass and fodder beet. Most lambs will have been born before Easter so April guests will be able to see them playing in the fields. The farm won the Enjoy England Breakfast Award 2011.
THE DEAL: Double rooms from £80 per night B&B. Details
8. Lovesome Hill, from £100
The wonderfully-named 165-acre Lovesome Hill Farm is set in lush countryside overlooking the Hambleton Hills in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Bring your wellies and working clothes to help farmer John with the lambing.
THE DEAL: Two nights’ full-board in an ensuite room in the farmhouse or granary conversion costs £100 per adult, £50 per child sharing (single occupancy £20). Details
9. Hatts Farm, from £450
For many children Easter is all about eggs, so yours will delight in the rare-breed chickens wandering the farmstead at Hatts Farm on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. The farm is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Shaftesbury. Stay at Dairyman’s Cottage, a converted traditional barn, sleeping four.
THE DEAL: Classic Cottages have a week’s stay, arriving April 6, for £450. Details
10. Silverton Park Farm, from £336
Family-run Silverton Park Farm in eastern Devon, is set in six acres of farmland, w ith orchards, organic meadow and wildlife pond. Guests are free to roam and meet the animals, including newborn lambs, as well as ducks and frogs in the natural pond.
THE DEAL: Classic Cottages have a week arriving March 30 in The Dairy (sleeps two) for £336; The Parlour (sleeps three) for £375 or The Bull Pen (sleeps six) for £450. Details