Bribe the kids into a back-seat truce with promise of a stop off at one of these awesome ice creameries. From cow to cone, as Stewart Tower Dairy put it.

Abbott Lodge Jersey Icecream

M6, Junction 40

A family-run dairy at the edge of the Eden Valley, Abbott Lodge has a great play area for kids and 40 delicious ice cream flavours, from tiramisu to trifle to white choc chip.


M6, Junction 33

Bubblegum pink window frames and a full-size model of a cow lead you to parlour of ice cream dreams where you can taste Oreo, strawberry, and lemon meringue ice cream, among many others, served up as milkshakes, scoops, sundaes or Eton mess.


M5, Junction 6

The herd of dairy shorthorns at Churchfields keep the farm supplied with creamy milk for conjuring into a frequently changing array of flavours served in a beautiful red-brick barn.


M4, Junction 34

Ice cream flavours at this wonderful PYO farm in the Cowbridge backwaters are drawn from the fruit grown right here on the farm, from cherry choc chip to blueberry jam. There’s a pirate trail and play area for kids and picnic benches for enjoying the fresh air and great outdoors.

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Newfield Dairy

A1, Junction North Muskham

A Nottinghamshire institution with 16 regular flavours and imaginative seasonal specials such as damsons and cream, and liquorice and elderberry ripple. Relive your childhood with a coke float as you loll about on the lawn.

Archers Jersey Icecream

A1, Junction 58

Delicious ice cream made with milk fresh from the herd of Jersey cows in the surrounding fields in flavours such as tiramisu and pistachio. Borrow a ball from the cafe for a kickabout in the play area before piling back in the car.

Doddington Milk Bar

A1, Junction Bellshill

The dinky, powder blue diner on the Maxwell family’s farm serves incredibly tasty ice creams direct from the source. Grab a caramel and sea salt cone, have your vanilla scoop whizzed up into a milkshake, or go to town with a bells-and-whistles sundae.

Stewart Tower Dairy

A9, Junction Bankfoot

A kiddie crowd pleaser with animals to visit in the neighbouring fields and 17 ice cream flavours to choose from, including six dairy-free options and a special option for unicorns so no one needs to miss out.

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