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Animal Encounters Barn


Pop along and visit our animal encounters barn for an opportunity to get a close encounter with live mammals, reptiles, arachnids, invertebrates and owls. Both fun and educational, you will get to the chance to ask questions at our interactive tables. See our Daily Information page for times.

Are you brave enough?

You will have the chance to handle from a range of species here at Knockhatch. Every day is different! Are you brave enough to handle a snake, hissing cockroach, lizard, spider? Handling them will be in a controlled way with one of our handlers. This is to ensure your safety and that of our exhibits.
Have you already been to our Animal Encounters Barn and handled something? What did you learn? What was your favourite? Please share your experience with us over on our Facebook Page, we would love to see your photos!

All animals can bite and can carry diseases so you must wash your hands thoroughly after handling anything in the animals encounter barn, particularly before eating. You can wash your hands at the various hand washes situated around the farm, there's one in the barn. Expectant mothers should take care around the animals due to the fact they may carry zoonoses - More info can be found on our Health and Safety page

Are you brave enough?Are you brave enough?
REVIEW *****
We have had a pass since April 2019 and we go at least twice a week! My daughter absolutely loves it here and there is so so much to do for all ages!
Kelly H | Facebook
December 2019
REVIEW *****
This was brilliant day out. Our 5 year old boy really enjoyed the day, we went on a boats, played in the castle, fed animals,had picnic, fantastic day out, we returned since as there is just so much to do for the children, highly recommended!
Irene9027 | Tripadvisor
September 2019
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