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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 tracey@knockhatch.com to have your photo considered for our online and offline marketing!

REVIEW *****
"We had a great day today for my son's birthday at Knockhatch. We've been a few times and always enjoy ourselves but today was made extra special by the staff showing us birds and animals we'd not usually touch or hear much about. Both children loved the day and talked non-stop about it all the way home. Special thanks to Ben and Owen of the knockhatch team! There's loads to fill a day out with the children. We never need to do the activities with an extra cost as there's so much included in the entry fee."
Jo Lambourne - via Facebook
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