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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

Please email [email protected] to have your photo considered for our online and offline marketing!

REVIEW *****
Had such a lovely day at knockhatch yesterday, I think it’s one of the best valued places to visit for the amount of things to do. You upped your game this year for the Halloween containment it was brilliant good job guys
Sarah Lee via Facebook
Oct 2017
REVIEW *****
Came here for a Meerkat Experience and thought it was a fabulous place lots of animals close up for toddlers to see and stroke, the owl shows were very informative and Owen the lad who flies the owls was absolutely in love with his job and it showed throuh out the performance. We was lucky enough to have him take us for the Meerkats, this lad is a complete asset to the park every employers dream, will i go back? Without a doubt, thank you for an amazing day!
Ben Nutt - via Facebook
Oct 2017
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