Animals at Puxton Park
Run wild alongside our paddocks in the beautiful Somerset countryside and come face to face to our friendly resident farmyard animals. We have over 1,000 dairy cows, 1,000 sheep, as well as numerous pigs, goats, donkeys, unusual Alpacas and night time creatures tucked away in our Owl Encounter. Our donkeys also love lots of fuss and attention. If you need time away from all this excitement, why not take a stroll down to the bottom end of the lake and admire our ducks, geese and other wildlife.
We believe in combining fun and education and getting up close and personal to these wonderful animals it the best possible way to learn. Grass nuts animal feed is available to purchase on site and allows children to get that real hands on experience as they offer up tasty snacks to our goats.
Any of our animal team will be more than happy to chat to you or answer any questions you may have about the animals on the park, after all these are the people that spend the most time looking after and caring for them so they know all their quirks and behaviours good and bad!
Puxton Farm & Dairy
Our on-site dairy is a popular attraction where our organic herd of 150 pedigree Holstein cows can be seen being milked twice a day by our friendly farmer. All of our cows are females and you may be even lucky enough to see a baby calf being born in our maternity paddock. Step over the dairy bridge in the cow shed and you’ll see our calf pre-school section, all reared on site and fed our wholesome organic milk produced by their mothers or peek through viewing windows for a real insight into the life of our cows and farmer. We even have highland and longhorn cows.
At Puxton we firmly believe in connecting farming with educational experiences and therefore offer fun and informative dairy talks at weekend and in the holidays. Find out how milking is done and be talked through the process as it happens daily.
We have racing sheep selected from the flock within our farming enterprise. These fast and furious creatures look forward to entertaining you during summer weekends and school holidays with their daily races. Watch the spectacle as they are rounded up to the track. It is then up to you to decide which number sheep you think looks the fastest, place a free bet into our ballot box and make sure you can be heard at the finish line cheering on your sheep.
Past all the rest of our animals you will find our stables, in here we often have new born lambs or piglets as well as our ponies. On the 21st of July 2014 our Donkey Rosie gave birth to a new foal. We started a competition to name the donkey and the winning name was Raggles! He is now the face of Love Weston!
Emus (Eric and Ethel)
Emus are the second largest members of the ratite family. They can run at speeds of up to 31 mph and are flightless. Our two Emus on site have not reached adulthood yet however and are still well under their maximum height of six foot. Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 9ft. They feed on a variety of plants and insects and occasionally eat stones to help grind up their food inside the digestive system. They drink infrequently, but take in lots of fluids when the opportunity arises. Emus will sit in water and are also able to swim. They are curious birds who are known to follow and watch other animals and humans. Emus reach full size after around six months, but can remain with their family until the next breeding season half a year later. They can live between 10 and 20 years in the wild.