Mumbler’s Favourite Places to see Animals in and around Wakefield
If you’re looking for ideas of places to see animals in and around Wakefield, we have lots of Mumbler recommendations here and details of when they are opening and any restrictions currently in place.
Cannon Hall Farm
Cannon Hall Farm have announced that they will re-open on Saturday 4th July. Tickets will be available to their ‘supporters’ from 5pm on 29th June 2020, and from 7pm on Tuesday 30th June for everyone else. They will be reducing capacities and will only be allowing pre-booked tickets only. Tickets will be released (via their website) in weekly blocks due to the quickly changing rules and regulations The attraction will be open 10am – 5:30pm and you will be given an arrival time that it is vital that you stick to.
Toilets will be open Animal barns and outdoor play areas (excluding tunnel maze) will be open Tractor ride, talks, animal races and indoor play area will remain closed There will be food available as take away or a special menu via table service.
Bark House Lane, Hawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. Tel: 01226 790427
Ponderosa Zoo in Heckmondwike is home to over 120 animals from lemurs to reindeers and is a really personal, friendly facility where children can get really close to the animals.
Re-opened on the 29th June, tickets will need to be booked in advance to ensure the control of numbers on the site, there will be a limit of 200 people onsite at one time. There will be a one way system around the site and there will be no keeper talks or handling sessions, The coffee shop is offering a limited takeaway service. Open from 10am-4pm, toilets open.
Off Smithies Lane Liversedge, Heckmondwike WF16 0PN. Tel: 01924 235276
Swithens Farm has a range of animals for you to see and interact with, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, emus, meerkats, turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Will be open Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 10am to 4pm. Online tickets only. These will be available on the website from 1st July and we are very restricted on numbers to ensure social distancing. Check website for more information.
Pigs in the Wood is a non-profit sanctuary for pigs that have been rescued from various situations. We are based in the village of Scissett, Huddersfield in 10 acres of woodland where the pigs roam free and live naturally.
Open again on Saturdays only. Pre booking required, and social distancing to be adhered to. Please arrive at 10:30, wear wellies as it can be muddy in places. There is a minimum donation of £5 per person
Highbridge Wood, Scissett, Huddersfield, HD8 8SZ
Wentworth Garden Centre
Recently rebuilt and revamped our brand new family farm is the ideal place to visit with the whole family.
There’s entertainment for all ages whether you’re feeding Larry the llama, putting your foot down our mini tractor derby or making a splash in our sand and water play area, including brand new for 2020 Pirate Ship Playzone!
Re-opening family farm with play areas on saturday 4th July. Numbers will be restricted but no need to pre-book. Open 10am – 4:30pm
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a working farm with a wide variety of animals, gardens and woodland walks. Also visit the cafe, farm shop, and adventure play area for under 12’s. Entry costs just £2 for adults and 50p for children. Under 2s go free!
Hoping to reopen to Members first on the 6th July and to reopen to the general public from the 13th July but more information will be announced on their Facebook Page.
Meet playful Humboldt penguins as they splash about in their pool. See flamingos in their habitat and say hello to the resident tapir and capybaras. You can also walk through the extensive bird gardens.
Wildlife World will be open again from 29th June and admission charges to Lotherton will apply again from this date. To make sure it is as safe as possible for everyone, entry to Lotherton will be limited each day. Early booking of tickets advised https://bit.ly/lothertontickets. Members do not need to pre-book and can turn up on the day. Check the Facebook page for daily updates on ticket availability. One way system in operation around Wildlife World and hand washing stations and hand sanitiser available. Wildlife World is open 11am-5pm.
The toilets will be open 9am-5pm,The Hall and playgrounds will still be closed (for the time being) Takeaway is available from the cafe.
Meet some of Harewood’s animal family in their farm experience. Children can meet friendly alpacas, learn about the family of pygmy goats and see the pot bellied pigs enjoy a spot of lunch! There are opportunities to talk to keepers and to cosy up to our giant rabbits too! Once you have explored the farm experience head over to the Penguin Pool and see the Humboldt penguins or take a walk through the extensive bird gardens.
Harewood’s Grounds, Gardens and Bird Garden will officially reopen to the general public on Monday 6 July. (Open to members and limited general public tickets until 5th July). Slots will be released every Thursday evening for the following week until guidance around capacity and social distancing alters.
All visitors (including under 5s) will need to pre-book tickets.
The Courtyard Café will be open with a takeaway service. All the toilets in the Grounds and Gardens will be open with a queuing capacity in place. There are also additional hand washing facilities around key areas of the site, and hand sanitisation stations at regular intervals around the site. More details can be found here harewood.org/visit/welcome-back/faqs/
Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a unique walk through wildlife park located just outside Doncaster. The wildlife attraction brings families face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful – and at risk – species.
Reopened on the 15th June. Facilities will be limited in line with government guidelines with play areas and indoor areas closed and take away food and drink on offer. Pre-booking required as visitor numbers will be restricted. Toilets open.
Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB. Tel 01302 535057
Flamingo Land Zoo
The zoo is now open along with daily sea lion shows and walkthrough animal areas. Due to the ongoing restrictions, visitors are unfortunately unable to open the aquarium, reptile area or play areas. Limited refreshments available. Toilets open.
Tickets must be pre-booked.
Flamingo Land Resort, Malton, YO17 6UX. Tel: 0800 408 8840