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.

Reindeer Encounter

Every weekend

In this special reindeer encounter, you can meet one of our expert rangers at our Wildlife Hub for the chance to get up close to our resident reindeer. Learn more about these fascinating creatures in a private encounter for 2 people.

Silver Fox Encounter

Every weekend

Get ready to venture inside our Silver Fox Enclosure in this special encounter. Enjoy meeting our very popular foxes and learn more about these clever animals. Private fox encounter for 2 people.

Farm Keeper Experience

Available Twice Per Month

This is an exciting farm experience in the company of an expert farm team member. It involves feeding, grooming and cleaning out various farm animals and small furries, while learning how to handle and care for them.

Private Animal Encounter

Available Wed - Sun

These popular private animal encounters can be tailor-made to suit visitors of all ages. They are exclusive, hands-on group experiences for up to 6 people - ideal for a birthday or family treat. Choose from our small furries, farm friends or curious critters, and we'll help you get up-close with your favourites, led by one of our trained farm and wildlife team.


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
Animal Experiences
Animal Experiences at Hogshaw
Animal Experiences at Hogshaw Farm