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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 *****
We came on the last Sunday of the half term and it was a fantastic day. Really great value for money. The staff were young but extremely attentive and very polite. Park was clean and there were few extras to pay for and even they were minimal cost. Kids enjoyed feeding the animals and the animal encounters where they could hold the mini beasts. Very informative. We will return again in the spring.
Joanna B - via Tripadvisor
Oct 2017
REVIEW *****
Great place to take the kids, so much to see and do. Staff very friendly and always updating and improving the facilities. Such good value for money with annual membership.
Sharon Turner
Oct 2017
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