Animal Experiences

Get hands-on

Our fascinating daily encounters programme gives all of our visitors a taster of animal feeding time, grooming or petting.

But, what if you’d love to try something more involved?

It’s not every day that you can prepare breakfast for a pig, or get a proper cuddle with your favourite animal, which is why we also offer private encounters and hands-on experiences, led by our expert farm team.

Private Encounters

30 minute session
£ 30
  • These popular experiences can be tailor-made to suit visitors of all ages. They are exclusive, hands-on experiences led by one of our trained farm and wildlife team, where visitors can get close to an animal of their choice.
  • Typically, you can choose one of the following animals: goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and reptiles. Other animals, including wildlife, may also be possible (age restrictions may apply). Let us know your favourite and we’ll see what we can do!
  • Price is for a group of up to 6 people, in a private encounter with the animal of your choice. Available Wed - Sun. Ideal for a family or special birthday treat!

Farmer for a Day

2½ hour experience
£ 65
  • This is an exciting experience in the company of an expert farm team member. It involves feeding, grooming and cleaning out various farm animals and pets, while learning how to handle and care for them.
  • Suitable for visitors aged 7+, this is the perfect gift for any animal lover or budding farmer!
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (no extra charge). Full farm admission is included, along with a lunch voucher for our Farm Kitchen. There will be a maximum of 4 people per session.
7+ years
Animal Experiences
Animal Experiences at Hogshaw
Animal Experiences at Hogshaw Farm


Can’t decide?

Looking to buy an experience as a gift but can’t decide which one? 

You can always buy a Gift Voucher for any value instead, and let them choose!

Gift voucher