Whether you love meerkats or cows, cuddly rabbits or Amazon parrots, the Puxton Animal Zone has different opportunities for children to interact with the animals in our care.
The animal barn is a sheltered building we use to house many of our animals. There are plenty of daily activities where you can meet our animal team, and interact with the animals in our care. There is an ‘animal encounters’ area that is home to our rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoise, parrots and Belgian hare you can come and pet these beautiful creatures and learn how our team cares for them at 11 am and 3 pm (unless otherwise advertised in our daily schedule). Or take a look at our bug house, where we keep our giant millipede, hissing cockroach, stick insects and fruit beetles. Then there are loads of pens where you might see any variety of four-legged friends, from reindeer to the new spring lambs, depending on the season. Finally, there’s our 250 seat theatre where we host a series of shows on weekends and in school holidays, including an animal show at 11.30 am and the regular owl encounter at 2 pm (unless otherwise advertised in our daily schedule).
A daily schedule of activities is available from reception.
Meerkats are highly sociable and love to live in groups. With viewing windows around the enclosure, children and adults alike can watch our gang as they scamper and play in the comfort of their home. Come along to the Q and A with the keepers at 1.30pm every day.
Donkey and miniature donkey
Poultry; Chickens, geese and turkeys
African Pygmy & Toggenburg goats
Miniature Shetland and Shetland cross Falabella ponies
Badger face, Jacob and Cameroon Sheep
Rare breed pigs
Long Horn Cattle
Animal feed is available for £1 on reception. Any of our hoofstock can be fed apart from the ponies and donkeys.
Madagascan Hissing Cockroach
Our on-site dairy is where our organic herd of pedigree Holstein and Jersey cows can be seen being looked after by our friendly herdsmen. Come inside the cow shed and you’ll see our calf pre-school section, who are all reared on site and fed our wholesome organic milk produced by their mothers. At Puxton Park we firmly believe in connecting farming with education and therefore offer fun and informative dairy talks every day at 3.30 pm
The cheese factory at Puxton Park makes the multi-award winning Gorwydd (pronounced Gor-with) Caerphilly. The producers use traditional techniques to make this territorial favourite, originating from Southern Wales. Milk from our award-winning organic Holstein and Jersey cows is gravity-fed through a direct pipeline from the dairy straight into the factory ready to be made into curds. This physical link not only positively influences the quality and texture of the cheese but allows for visitors at Puxton Park to see, with total transparency, how the cheese is made.
Gorwydd Caerphilly won super gold in the World Cheese Awards, gold in the British Cheese Awards, gold in the Artisan Cheese Awards, gold in the International cheese awards and gold in the Global Cheese Awards in just 2016 alone. You can find Gorwydd Caerphilly in the Puxton Farm Shop and Butchers at the deli counter
Are you a future farmer? The Puxton Park Maze of Knowledge tests your animal knowhow – do you know why pigs like to roll in the mud or how many tail feathers a peacock has? If you can answer the questions you just might get out on the other side!
Be sure to attend our animal encounter sessions at times throughout the day to learn your stuff before you give it a go (check with reception for seasonal daily schedules).