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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 *****
Lovely day out with my boys there was so much to do, we all had lots of fun and will no doubt be back again soon
Cara Richardson - via Facebook
February 2019
REVIEW *****
The staff are fabulous, the faculties great and the welcome warm. The kids love it and we keep on going back for more.Thank you Knockhatch for being wonderful!
Martin Styring - via Facebook
February 2019
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