Best family friendly wineries to visit in the UK

From live music, to farm animals, to picnic areas and outdoor games, these 6 award-winning vineyards are great places for the whole family.

With the school summer holidays around the corner, finding things that will keep the kids entertained while also being enjoyable for adults is a difficult task. Thankfully there are many vineyards across the country that are up for the challenge. Here is round up of the best vineyards in England and Wales that specifically cater for kids as well as their parents.

Family-friendly winery in the South East

Albury Vineyard, North Downs, Surrey. https://www.alburyvineyard.com/

A car or short train journey from London, just outside of Guildfold is Albury Organic Vineyard.

While their full summer schedule has yet to be released, in August last year they held a 'Musical Adventure' Day for the entire family to enjoy. A self-guided tour through the vineyards in which small and large groups could take part in a musical scavenger hunt, find musicians hidden along the trail who upon 'discovery' would play a piece of music and talk about their instruments. Children were encouraged to dress as their favourite musician or performer and a free gift is given at the end of the trail.

Once day each month through the summer there will be a ticketed bee keeping demonstration. An introduction into bees and bee-keeping with bee farmer Sergio of Bee Friends. Learn about the equipment and tools used by bee-keepers, and get a glimpse inside one of our Albury hives. You'll be suited up as a bee-keeper yourself, and so able to handle the frames and enjoy a close-up view of the busy workers. After your demonstration, you'll return to the vineyard patio for a question and answer session with Sergio whilst enjoying a glass of our award-winning sparkling wine, plus the chance to buy our Albury Honey.

If you can't make it for music day, no worries, you can still have a fun-filled day as Albury also has a newly completed wildlife walk created around the perimeter of the vineyard providing a live habitat for birds, bees, flowers and frogs so wildlife can thrive in the vineyard. Children can try and spot features along the route including; bat and barn owl boxes, bug hotels, bee hives and the wildflower meadows.

For older children and teens, each month they host a relaxing willow-weaving workshop, with each workshop includes a glass of Albury Estate sparkling wine for the adults.

Food: Lunch with English cheeses and charcuterie boards are available to buy, with food included for full-day workshops.

Happy Family in Vineyard. Family friendly wineries to visit

Family friendly winery in South West

Heron Vineyard and Farm, Honiton, Devon https://heron-farm.co.uk/

Making up just a small part of the 17 acres Heron Farm, Heron vineyard is a younger kids' delight thanks a magical fairy door leading to their fairy garden. Decorated with a rainbow of ribbons and fairy-houses there is something round every corner to discover, including docile Ouessant sheep who are always happy to say hello and even happier if you come bearing food (which can be purchased at the gift shop). For the more active children, who need to burn off some energy, there is also a fenced and gated playpark with swings, slides and a mound to climb.

Special events from last year (and hopefully this year again) included a summer fairy camp, in which children made their own dream camps and tipis using glue guns, colourful dried flowers, miniature shells, unusual seed pods and other natural treasures from near and far. Other regular events include sweet family photo shoots among the vines and summer bbqs with live music and outdoor games.

Aswell as the vineyard there is also an apple orchard, planted purely with local Devon varieties, which are used to make fresh apple juice perfect for the kids to sip on while you enjoy a glass of something slightly stronger.

Food: Brunch and lunch is available from Vineyard Kitchen bistro, serving produce sourced from the farm or West Country area. Afternoon tea also available.

Family friendly winery in the Midlands

Hanwell Wine, Nottinghamshire https://www.hanwellwine.co.uk/

Located inbetween Melton Mowbray and Nottingham this second generation family run vineyard is great for older children.

With overnight camping options available, this vineyard is a perfect spot for parents to enjoy the wines without worrying about getting home afterwards.

Events include blackberry picking, currently scheduled for 17th August (although this may change if they aren't ripe) and a craft fair (7th July) with live music, demonstrations, stalls and food trucks.

Older children can also take part in some of the regular rural antics workshops which cover a huge range of skills including; glass painting, lino printing, book binding, silver-smithing, woodcarving and wool weaving. Ticket prices for workshops including refreshments with the full day workshops offering a complimentary 2 course seasonal lunch.

Food: Outside of the workshop the cafe serves local cheese boards, light lunches and a selection of cakes and scones.

Person in Red Long Sleeve Shirt Picking up Blackberries

Family friendly winery in Wales

Pant Du, Gwynedd, North West Wales https://www.pantdu.co.uk/en/home

England tends to get all the coverage when talking about vineyards in the UK, but there are currently around 30 commerical vineyards in Wales.

Pant Du established in 2007, is located on the slopes of the Nantlle Valley, Snowdonia and offers a gorgeous view of Snowdon, the surrounding mountains and sea across Caernarfon Bay.

On the guided tours visitors will learn about the history and challenges of planting a vineyard in North Wales, exploring the adjoining orchard and get the unique experience of tasting Pant Du spring water via the 80m water-bore hole filtered through 500 million year old rocks.

After the tour children can entertain themselves in the outdoor play area, while adults can enjoy the magnificent views (and a glass of wine of course). Dogs are also welcome to come along (we know they are part of the whole family too), and can even be treated to special doggy ice-cream available at the cafe.

Food: Full Welsh Breakfast, Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea (adult and child version). Drinks include wine, cider and other welsh products like craft beers and pale ales.

Mount Snowdon

Family friendly winery in the North

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Sheffield https://www.whirlowhallfarm.org/

Set up an Educational Trust in 1979 by Alan Aikin so that inner city children could experience the countryside, Whirlow Hall Farm is as the names suggests a farm, but it does have a little vineyard on the estate with has three planted varieties.

The farm animals and playground are free to access, so you can enjoy at your own pace, and the farm also host events throughout the year such as tractor rides every weekend and open days. The farm also has an orchard and apiary, with around 10 hives which children are encouraged to learn more about.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and cakes available - all food source from the farm or locally. There is also a butchers on site.

Family friendly winery in the East

Chet Valley, Norfolk https://chetvineyard.co.uk/

This vineyard is a great place for you to extend you trip and take a proper break away from it all thanks to its holiday cottage set among the vines - a true wine lovers home from home.

The Vine House, a converted single storey stable, sleeps up to six people across two double and one twin bedroom, and has a cot available for babies. To make it feel even more special there is the option to hire a hot tub so you can enjoy a bottle of wine under the stars once the kids go to sleep!

Activities for the whole family to enjoy while staying here include; a doorstep vineyard tour of course, a large outdoor lawn area for children to play, long walks across the countryside and if you don't mind a little travel (a few miles) the beach and historical city of Norwich .

Note: There is a very sociable vineyard spaniel, Rosie, who is friendly with other dogs and used to small children with whom she is very gentle. (Own dogs welcome)

Food: Lunch needs to be prebooked - meat/fish/vegetarian platters available. Vineyard picnic lunch with local produce also available to book. Own food can be bought into the accommodation.

Man and Woman in Hot Tub

Read more about other great wineries to visit and travel recommendations.

Note: Photos are only representative, not of the vineyards mentioned.

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