See the animals
Cannon Hall Farm is home to hundreds of amazing animals and reptiles – from our faithful dogs who live with us to the animals that are ready to greet the visitors each day.
Our animals are always our top priority and our farmers work incredibly hard to ensure they are cared for in the best possible way.
As with any job, we have our favourites amongst the animals and so do our visitors.
Here’s a small selection of some of Cannon Hall Farm’s most popular animals.
We’re open every day except Christmas day.
See the animals at Cannon Hall Farm!
Hetty the Highland
Hetty the Highland and her mum Emma arrived to the farm from Scotland in September 2019.
They join our award-winning Highland’s Fern and Ted who are firm customer favourites.
Jon Bon Pony
This sassy Shetland Pony needs no introduction – Jon Bon Pony, named so for his fabulous hair, is our only male Shetland in the stable.
He’s absolutely full of beans and loves nothing more than a good hair toss.
Alfie the Alpaca
Probably the friendliest alpaca on the block, this little fella was born in the Summer of 2019 and was quite a surprise to our farmers.
He was found in the field playing with the donkeys and we’d had no idea mum was even pregnant.
He’s great friends with Farmer Tom and is a top photo bomber.
Orchid and Blossom
Orchid and Blossom joined us in Summer 2019 as part of our ambition to grow the number of Shire horses in the UK.
They are very popular new additions and we are hoping for foals arriving in Spring.
Blossom is a very gentle soul and the Shire’s can be seen in our daily talks.
Lottie the Shire Horse
Lottie celebrated her third birthday in the summer of 2019 and stands at 18 hands tall. She arrived at the farm as a young foal with her mum, Poppy, who tragically died the following year. She is the star of our Shire talks where visitors can get a close up look of her majesty. We’ve been working very hard to halter train her, she’s firm friends with Farmer Ruth and at around three years of age was fitted for her first set of shoes. She appeared on the Springtime on the Farm TV show with former JLS star JB Gill.
Zander the Alpaca
Zander joined us in February – he’s a great example of his breed, having won prizes at many agricultural shows across the country. Farmer Robert was so impressed with his handsome looks that he bought him from a fellow farmer. He was named in honour of one of our young farmers, Farmer Alex. The pair became firm friends immediately, and starred in a live broadcast where viewers remarked on their similar hairstyles.
Gary the Donkey
Gary is an Andolucean donkey who is larger than life – he stands at nearly 14 hands tall, a veritable giant amongst donkeys. He shot to fame after appearing on The Yorkshire Vet with Julian Norton. Poor Gary had the misfortune to have a growth on his private parts and had to have it removed. It was such a TV moment that he ended up being on Gogglebox where we all joined in on shouting GARY at the wince-worthy bits.
Audrey the Alpaca
Audrey was very distinctive because her baby teeth never fell out. She had a rather, ahem, distinctive smile. She appeared on the Yorkshire Vet with Julian Norton who performed some special dentistry to fix her problem. Audrey is one of our friendliest alpacas – always ready to show her stunning new smile. She’s just recently had a baby and lives happily in our rare breeds barn.
Fern and Ted
Fern and Ted are Cannon Hall Farm’s most famous Highlands.
They were chosen by The Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright and Farmer Roger at a cattle market in Oban.
Fern is a rosette winner and it was with her and Ted that we returned to the show ring in 2019 for the Great Yorkshire Show where she won best in class.
Ted was named because his resemblance to a cuddly bear – and he’s so popular that we even sell a Ted teddy in our gift shop.
Roger the White Bull
Roger is a baby calf that ended up with a cast on his leg after a difficult arrival into the world. He came to us in calf as part of a herd the Nicholson brother’s purchased as a birthday surprise to Dad Roger. They presented him with a whole herd of Beef Shorthorns this April to mark his 60th anniversary at Cannon Hall Farm. Roger’s grandad Charlie had a prize-winning white bull called Sam – also known as Fockerby Ring Leader – and he’d been hoping for another one ever since. The lovely new calf was named after him in his honour. He is already showing early signs of being another champion. The farm hope to take him to the Great Yorkshire Show to compete there.
Victor the Llama
Goodbye old friend!
This year we bid a sad farewell to our oldest animal – who was so loved he had a play area named after him.
Victor the Llama was a firm favourite with visitors at Cannon Hall Farm and was one of the first animals that joined the farm when it opened up to the public in 1989. Although his exact age was not known, he had lived at the farm for well over 20 years and had seen it transform from a small family business to one of Yorkshire’s favourite visitor attractions.
In 2015, when the farm opened up a brand new soft play area and restaurant, we called it The Hungry Llama in honour of Victor as one of Farmer Richard Nicholson’s favourite photos was of Victor chewing on a clump of hay. To this day that image is set as the profile picture on the farm’s Facebook page.