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Treat the family to an experience they won't forget at Tapnell Farm park!

Ever wanted to work with animals? Or make friends with a Meerkat? Well, now you can!
Tapnell Farm Park is offering our visitors the opportunity to take part in some brilliant tailor-made animal experiences, perfect for budding animal enthusiasts.

To book your experience and to find out more please email [email protected] or call 01983 758722

There are three experiences available every Thursday & Sunday during Easter: Sundays 10th, 17th & 24th and Thursdays 14th & 21st April

TRAINEE ANIMAL KEEPER EXPERIENCE (6+ years)

Price: £85 per person (up to 2 participants of the same party)
Duration: 2- 2.5 hours
Times of experience: 9.45am -11.45am or 2.15pm- 4.15pm
What your experience includes:

  • Fun-packed 2 hour experience
  • One to one animal encounters
  • A friendly and experienced personal Keeper guide
  • Complimentary refreshment
  • Trainee Keeper for the day certificate plus a cuddly souvenir to take home
  • Includes Farm Park entry for the participant(s) only, plus 1 supervising adult per participant.

What to expect during your day: Upon arrival at Tapnell Farm Park you will have a quick health and safety briefing before heading out into the Farm with your experienced keeper host, who will be looking after you throughout your exciting experience.

You will help our friendly and knowledgeable Keepers with some light duties throughout your experience including mucking out, providing enrichment and snacks to the animals as well as making sure all the animals are looking their best for our visitors to the Farm Park.

This experience is a great way to find out what it is really like to be an Animal Keeper as well as a chance to get up close to all our wonderful four-legged, six-legged and even no legged friends!

Things to know before you arrive:

  • Participants must be aged 6 + years old and have a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Participants under 16 years must be supervised by an adult throughout their experience.
  • All spectators, excluding supervising adult(s), will only need to pay full Farm Park admission per person
  • Advisable that participants bring water especially in hot weather.
  • Appropriate closed-toe footwear must be worn for the experience (wellies or trainers) and long trousers and sleeves are advised for this experience.
  • Please be prepared for all weather conditions; sun hats, sunscreen and waterproof gear will not be provided.
  • The experience itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • Please arrive on time, we advise guests arrive at the Farm Park admission desk at least 10 minutes before the experience begins.
  • Please see our full terms & conditions for more information.

MEERKAT ENCOUNTER (6+ years)

Price: £25 per person (max 3 people)
DOES NOT include Farm Park entry

Duration: 20-30 mins
Times of experience: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm
What your experience includes:

  • Enjoy a one to one personal experience with our Mischievous Meerkats
  • A friendly and experienced personal Keeper guide
  • Meerkat encounter certificate

What to expect during your day: Upon arrival at Tapnell Farm Park you will have a quick health and safety briefing before heading out into the Farm with your experienced keeper host, who will be looking after you throughout your exciting experience.

Our Keeper host will take you through into our mischievous Meerkat enclosure where you will have the opportunity to feed our cheeky pair, Lula and Pongo, some of their favourite wriggly mealworm treats!

Make sure your cameras are at the ready for some great photo opportunities!

Things to know before you arrive:

  • Participants must be aged 6+ years old
  • Participants under 16 years must be supervised by an adult throughout their experience.
  • Participants, Spectators, including supervising adults, will only need to pay one full Farm Park admission per person (allows free entry to Farm Park throughout the remainder of your stay)
  • Appropriate closed-toe footwear must be worn (trainers or wellies) and long trousers and sleeves are advised for the experience.
  • Please be prepared for all weather conditions; sun hats, sunscreen and waterproof gear will not be provided.
  • The experience itinerary, content, duration, and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions and cancellation, there will be an option to meet some of our furry friends instead of as an alternative experience.
  • Please arrive on time, we advise guests arrive at the Farm Park admission desk at least 15 minutes before the experience begins.
  • Please see our full terms & conditions for more information.

Bugs & Beasties Encounter (6+ years)

Price: £25 per person (max 3 people)
DOES NOT include Farm Park entry

Duration: 20-30 mins
Times of experience: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm
What your experience includes:

  • Come behind the scenes to meet and learn about our creepy, scaley and six legged friends
  • A friendly and experienced personal Keeper guide
  • A personalised certificate presented at the end of your experience

What to expect during your day: Upon arrival at Tapnell Farm Park you will have a quick health and safety briefing before heading out into the Farm with your experienced keeper host, who will be looking after you throughout your exciting experience.

You will head straight into 'behind the scenes' territory where no-one, except for the Keepers are allowed, as you enter into ... THE BUGS & BEASTIE room! You will be introduced and may have the chance to feed and hold some of our weird and wonderful creatures including Brenda, our Bearded Dragon and Colin the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach. This is your chance to overcome some of your fears of those four legged, six legged and even no legged friends!

Things to know before you arrive:

  • Participants must be aged 6+ years old
  • Participants under 16 years must be supervised by an adult throughout their experience.
  • It is advised participants bring water with them due to the increased temperature in the bug room.
  • The experience itinerary, content, duration, and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • Please arrive on time, we advise guests arrive at the Farm Park admission desk at least 15 minutes before the experience begins.
  • Please see our full terms & conditions for more information.

Accessibility: With regret, access for wheelchairs is unavailable for this activity.

To book your experience and to find out more please email [email protected] or call 01983 758722