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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 *****
Never visited Knockhatch before but really pleasantly surprised. Everywhere appears clean and well kept. Staff were polite and helpful clearly happy to be there. Good range of attractions for kids of all ages, love the karts. Even the animals were sociable. Lovely day out.
90philipb - via Tripadvisor
Oct 2017
REVIEW *****
We've just had an absolutely fantastic day out at Knockhatch! So much fun from 10am-4:30pm - This was only made possible because of the brand NEW Changing Places facility (which our son needed to use 5 times over the course of the day!). Without this facility we would only have been able to manage an hour or two...thank you Knockhatch for being ALL inclusive
Lucy Crunden - via Facebook
Oct 2017
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