Don't miss the chance for fun down on farm
Getting there: Honeysuckle Farm, Bewholme Lane, Hornsea. HU18 1BY. From Hull take the A165 north to Bridlington. Turn at the third exit on the Leven roundabout signposted Hornsea (B1244). Drive six miles and Bewholme Lane is on the left as you see Hornsea Mere on the right. Drive one mile north and Honeysuckle is on the left hand side
Open: Daily 10am to 5pm, Until September 2
Prices: Adults (16-59) £4. Children (3-15) £3.50. Senior citizens £3.50. Toddlers, (2 years and under) free. Parking is free in the fields next to the farm
Call: 01964 533873
T ake a deep breath, parents. There's only another couple of weeks to survive the long slog of keeping your kids entertained through the endless summer holidays.
You've taken them to the theme park, you've taken them to the playground. You've let them see the latest blockbuster at the cinema and you've taken them for a week in a caravan in Brid. What else is there out there to keep them happy until the new term starts next month?
If you're racking your brains for somewhere to take your family for the day, remember that a day in the country will keep kids, big and small, happy with some rural adventures.
Honeysuckle Farm, near Hornsea, is open for another two weeks to coincide with the school holidays (its daily openings from 10am to 5pm end on September 2), so the this will be your last chance to have fun down on the farm for a while.
Honeysuckle Farm has now become an old favourite for families from across the region, especially with the popularity of the heavy horses that provide the daily cart rides around the farm.
So much so, that when horse Charlie died last year, farm owner Barrie Gardham was overwhelmed by thousands of sympathy cards from children and families from all over the UK.
Now horse Tommy and new addition Tinkerbell take excited children (and adults) on the farm circuit ... and with incessant and witty commentary from farmer Barrie, who steers the cart with the ease of a Wild West rancher, that alone makes the trip to Honeysuckle worth its weight in gold.
And there is plenty more fun to be had in this little corner of farming heaven, nestled on the outskirts of Hornsea.
For the children
The indoor straw play barn is certainly a kids' favourite and provides a respite from the summer rains that seem to be all too prevalent this year.
Hide and seek and tig are the main games here ... dads pant and puff while the kids run rings around them galavanting and giggling.
Jersey cow-milking demonstrations take place daily at 1.30pm and kids watch in a state of fascination as the gallons of milk are taken from happy cows Mary and Maple and turned to dairy ice cream on the farm a few hours later. Who said milk comes from the supermarket?
And the adults
Back to nature with woodland trails and walks down to the picturesque fish ponds on the walkway make a lovely diversion from the bustling farm area.
On your way down you can see cheeky goats, porky pigs, bleating sheep, chatty chipmunks, gaggles of geese and dozens of ducks.
The fishponds area is fabulous, with large pools filled with fish, colourful wildlife and plants.
The newly planted Hazel Maze is a new attraction for 2012, and in the next few years it should prove extremely difficult to find your way in and out.
Food and drink
The farm café is wonderful, with a great selection of home-made snacks, sandwiches and the famous Honeysuckle ice cream.
There are several flavours to choose from and we shared a giant knickerbocker glory with three different ice creams and all the trimmings for less than £5.
If you fancy a take-out, then cones or tubs of ice cream are for sale at the quaint farm shop, along with a selection of sweets and good-quality gifts, all at reasonable prices that won't break the budget.
Need to know
The farm and all its buildings are on one level and easily accessible for both prams and wheelchairs.
There is one main toilet block, with good facilities for children.
There are signs directing you to the hand wash stations if you do stroke the animals.
Also, with this being a hands-on working farm, don't arrive in your best clothes.
There are plenty of outdoor picnic benches and seating areas dotted around for those bringing their own food.
The total cost for two adults and two children, including snacks and drinks, came in at well under £30. Great value for a great day out.
Credit cards are welcome at the pay desk. Animal feed nuts are also available to purchase.