From stroking and feeding cute rabbits at petting zoos to studying about zebras and crocodiles at wildlife farms, we’ve actually missed household days out assembly animals in Berkshire these previous few months.

However the date we’ve all been ready for – April 12 – marks the opening of zoos and farms simply in time for spring and the Easter faculty holidays. Whereas petting classes are unlikely to be obtainable in the intervening time, we nonetheless can’t wait to get our dose of animal magic very quickly.

We’ve put collectively the highest locations to stand up shut and private with a variety of animals – from alpaca strolling to assembly Scottish wildcats – in and across the county.

Wellington Nation Park, Riseley:

Wellington Nation Park

Enjoyable, contemporary air and freedom awaits you at Wellington Nation Park, the place the animals have missed us virtually as a lot as we’ve missed them.

Opening on April 12, the park will look slightly bit totally different in our new post-pandemic period with restricted customer numbers and pre-booked on-line admissions solely.

This attraction provides the whole lot you want in relation to a enjoyable household time out – from assembly animals, exploring play parks and happening a nature path.

Dwelling Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys:

The entrance to the Living Rainforest
The doorway to the Dwelling Rainforest

For the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest, the Dwelling Rainforest’s three glasshouses are dwelling to greater than 850 varieties of rainforest crops and animals, together with uncommon and endangered species of world conservation worth. From blue poison dart frogs to Goeldi’s monkeys, we’re tremendous enthusiastic about our subsequent go to.

Customer numbers might be capped to make sure a cushty and Covid-safe expertise for all. All guests should pre-book a time slot (together with annual members) and face-coverings are obligatory.

Beale Park, Pangbourne:

There are some unbelievable new animals to satisfy from April 12 at Beale Park, together with a porcupine who solely arrived this week and a Carpathian lynx known as Fin, who has essentially the most stunning eyes.

You can too see some Scottish wildcats as a part of the park’s conservation programme, in addition to a small herd of Shetland ponies.

Additionally they have a brand new bouncing pillow which is prepared and ready for guests to get pleasure from. Excited but?

Pre-booking on-line is crucial.

Chilly Ash Alpaca Strolling:

You can lead an alpaca around a field
You possibly can lead an alpaca round a discipline

Main an alpaca on a stroll round a safe discipline in Chilly Ash is a very surreal and memorable expertise.

You can too hand-feed these pleasant and really stunning creatures throughout your hour-long go to.

All visits, which begin on April 12, should be pre-booked through cellphone or their Fb web page ‘Chilly Ash Alpaca Strolling’.

Name 077 764 82357.

Millets Farm, Abingdon:

We love a day visiting the cattle, together with goats, rheas, sheep, cows, horses and alpacas, at Millets Farm’s animal walkway, open now simply throughout the border in Oxfordshire.

There’s additionally an space to throw duck meals for the water fowl. Canines are welcome, however should be stored on a lead. The play park can also be open.

The falconry expertise begins on April 12 and tickets can be found to buy on-line now.

You’ll have to attend till subsequent month for Sprouts Playbarn to reopen although.

Jake’s Mini Farm, Sandhurst:

With greater than 19 acres set in stunning countryside and an enormous indoor play world for the little ones, there’s one thing for everybody at Jake’s.

The farm reopens on April 12 and tickets can be found to guide now. However you’ll have to attend till Could for enjoyable within the indoor play barn.


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