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ANIMALS

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

ACORN VENTURE PARK

Tel: 0151 548 1524
Depot Road, Kirkby, Liverpool, L33 3AR

From the A580 East Lancs. Road turn into Coopers Lane at the traffic lights. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit into Perimeter Road. Follow this road for about 1 mile and then take the first left into Moss End Way and then turn right into Depot Road. (The brown tourist signs may be followed from the East Lancs. Road, both Liverpool/Manchester bound).

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Urban farm with horse-riding, a working goat dairy, farm produce, walks and much more

ANIMAL WORLD AND BUTTERFLY HOUSE

Tel: 01204 846157
Moss Bank Park, Moss Bank Way, Bolton BL1 6NQ

Open: Summer: Every day 10 am - 4.30 pm - Winter: Sat to Thurs 10 am - 3.30 pm, Fri 10 am - 2.30 pm
Admission: Free

Moss Bank Park is home to Animal World. The Butterfly House was moved here from Queen's Park. Butterflies fly free in a tropical environment, while in Animal World, a unique living environment has been created for many animals, from farmyard to tropical birds. The tower in the aviary was originally built as an astronomical observatory by John Horrocks Ainsworth (d. 1864), the Ainsworth family used to live here. Also here is the Walled Garden.

BLACKPOOL ZOO

Tel: 01253 830830
East Park Drive, Blackpool
M55 then on to Preston New Road - follow signs

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There are over 400 hundred animals in this zoo set within 32 acres of landscaped gardens. There is also a miniature railway, mother and baby room, children's adventure play area, and facilities for the disabled.

BOWLAND WILD BOAR PARK

Tel: 01995 61554
Lower Greystoneley, Chipping, Preston
Situated about 2 miles from Chipping, on the Chipping to Dunsop Bridge road in the Forest of Bowland

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See the wild boar in a beautiful part of the Ribble Valley by the River Hodder. Picnic tables and nature walks. Childs play area and enclosure with small animals for children. Drinks and snacks at the small cafe.

CHESTER ZOO

Tel: 01244 380280
Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH
2m N of City Centre off A41
Giraffe

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We care for over 7000 animals, representing over 400 different species. Conservation is at the heart of the zoo and so around half of these are threatened. The Zoo is continually developing the highest standards of conservation and care of its animals and plants, making a real contribution to saving them from extinction.

COTEBROOK SHIRE HORSE CENTRE AND COUNTRYSIDE PARK

Tel: 01829 760506
Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9DS
The centre is located on the A49 two miles north of Tarporley next to The Alvanley Arms

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Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Countryside Park offers everything for the perfect family day out. Home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Stud they have been breeding prize winning shires for over 30 years. As well as the shires they have stocked the park with a fantastic selection of British animals and birdlife, both wild and domesticated, including many rare breeds.

DOCKER PARK FARM

Tel: 015242 21331

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Docker Park Farm is set in stunning countryside with magnificient views out over the Lune Valley to the Howgills in one direction and the Yorkshire Dales in the other. Ride the toys ranging from adult size go karts (and yes, loads of the parents zoom about on them!), kid's go karts, tractors and trailers for all ages, scuttlebugs and lots of other things. We have a large indoor playbarn and playground. Visit all the usual farm animals, all of whom are very friendly and love to be petted. There are eight pairs of owls from around the world to see. In summer all our animals are out and about in paddocks. In the winter months, the animals come up into barns so visitors can continue to visit and enjoy them, whatever the weather. There are two lovely lakes and picnic tables with spectacular views and a cafe.

DUCKY'S PARK FARM

Tel: 015395 59293
Moor Lane, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7LS

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Visitors to the farm can have close contact with a large variety of animals, with special times sat aside to meet the residents and even Dilly the Duck himself ! Enjoy a refreshing drink and some homemade cake, or have lunch in the cafe Daffy's Diner while watching the children play in the large soft play area, or alternatively, have a picnic outside. The play area has two sections which cater for the 0-2 year olds and the 3-12 year

FARMER PARRS ANIMAL WORLD

Tel: 01253 874389
Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane Fleetwood

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Large and fascinating collection of farm and rare breed animals including poultry and pets. Pony and tractor rides, play area, farm shop and cafe.

FARMER TED'S FARM PARK

Tel: 0151 526 0002
Flatman's Lane, Downholland, Ormskirk

Route 1. From the M57, take the A59 then follow signs for A5147. Stay on this road for approximately 3 miles. At the Scarisbrick Arms, turn left onto the B5195. Follow this road for 1 mile and look out for Farmer Ted's sign.

Route 2. From the M58 come off at junction 1 (Maghull). Turn right then follow road. Cross over the dual carriageway (A59) then at next lights turn right onto A5147. Stay on this road for approximately 3 miles. At the Scarisbrick Arms, turn left onto the B5195. Follow this road for 1 mile and look out for Farmer Ted's sign.

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Pigs, Llamas, Sheep, Cows & Goats, Demonstration & Milking Area, Tractor Rides, Play & Picnic Area, Pedal Tractors, Sand Pit, Classroom, Farm Shop. Facilities include a large fun barn for children 0-12 years. There are two separate areas 0-4 yrs and 5-12 yrs. There is also an area set aside with soft furnishings so parents can relax over a coffee and a newspaper or perhaps enjoy one of Farmer Ted's open sandwiches. If you require something a little more substantial then why not try Farmer Ted's Grill. A full table of activities and events is available on the day.

HORSE AND PONIES PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

Tel: 01282 455992
Shores Hey Farm, Halifax Road, Briercliffe

From M6 North turn off on to M61 sign posted Blackburn / Burnley and turn off at junction 29 on M61 on to M65 signposted Blackburn / Burnley. Leave M65 at junction 12 and Turn Left in to Nelson. At traffic lights turn Right and you will come to a mini roundabout. Turn right at roundabout and drive up the hill, you will pass over a zebra crossing and shortly after the crossing is a left turning. Turn left here and follow road to a set of cross roads, there will be a pub called the Hare and Hounds on the left of the crossroads and a pub called The Sun Inn on the right, turn left here and follow road through Briercliffe. Once you reach the National Speed Limit signs, Shores Hey farm is the next right (about 200 Meters) down Black House Lane

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HAPPA was founded in 1937 to protect horses, ponies and donkeys from acts of cruelty, ill-treatment and neglect. Shores Hey Rescue Centre nestles in the scenic hills above Burnley Lancashire and its 60 acres and extensive stable buildings are home to approx 80 equines at any one time. The Centre manager and staff enjoy welcoming visitors and introducing them to the many animals in their care. Shores Hey is a busy Centre and is also the site of our organisational headquarters. We enjoy many regular visitors and often play host to local groups and organisations who enjoy visiting our animals, making a purchase from our shop or simply enjoying light refreshments in our Visitor’s Centre. The Centre offers many activities for visitor’s to enjoy and holds educational workshops and open days throughout the year.

HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association) based in Briercliffe, Burnley are currently undergoing a major development to improve facilities for equines in our care and for visitors to the site. The whole site will have a Grand Opening event on Saturday 5th September 12noon-4pm which will include stalls, games, Main Arena displays from riders and a fly-ball team. We also hope to host Lancashire themed entertainment elsewhere on site to tie in with the new Lancashire themed café and farm shop. We are making initial enquiries to groups and performers to see if this date would be suitable and if they can offer a slot of entertainment on this date.

KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK, PRESCOT, MERSEYSIDE.

Tel: 0151 430 900
Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN
J6 M62, J2 M57 - follow signs

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Six game reserves with lions, tigers, monkeys, zebra, white rhino and African elephants. There are also a miniature railway, lake farm, seal and parrot show, reptile house, shop, restaurant, picnic area, childrens playground and petscorner.

LAKEMORE FARM PARK

Tel: 01270 253556
Lane Ends Farm, Clay Lane, Haslington, Crewe

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Lakemore Farm Park is located in the heart of Cheshire's tranquil countryside. The Park covers over 36 acres of which ten acres are divided up into five landscaped lakes. Experience the nature trail and see the llamas, miniature donkeys, rare breed pigs, goats and many more. There is also a pets corner. The park has both indoor and outdoor children's play areas and themed Crazy Golf course which are free of charge.

MARTIN MERE WILDFOWL RESERVE

Tel: 01704 895181
Redcat Lane, Burscough
Located 6 miles from Ormskirk and 10 miles from Southport, Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. There is a No.302 Arriva bus service from Ormskirk (except Sundays). Burscough railway station (on the Southport - Manchester line) is approximately one mile from WWT Martin Mere. Cyclists are always welcome.

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Visit Martin Mere and come into close contact with wetlands and their wildlife. You can get close enough to feed some of the birds straight from your hand and the Centre is the only location in the North West to have beavers. Special events and exhibitions help to give an insight into the wonder of wetlands and the vital need for their conservation. The pond maze is the heart of the adventure. To get there children have to tackle a swaying bridge over a simulated wetland, migrate like a swan on the aerial flyway, or zoom down the otter slide. There are plenty of activities for toddlers too

OLD HOLLY FARM

Tel: 01524 791200
Cabus Nook Lane, Garstang, Preston PR3 1AA

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In the inner courtyard you can observe the animals closely in an enjoyable and safe environment. Children are able to touch and interact with the animals, experiencing the sounds and smells of a small farm. All of the animals have been picked for their docile, friendly natures. What better way is there to introduce children to the world around them than through personal experience? At Old Holly Farm the aim is to allow children to discover what happens on a daily basis on a working organic dairy farm. The day starts at the crack of dawn with the morning milking before the shop and play barn are open. The calves are then fed and Dave and Ian start the rest of their jobs on the farm caring for the animals. Play Barn, Shop and Tea room.

ONLY FOALS AND HORSES SANCTUARY

Tel: 01254 239995
Redshell Lane, Off Haslingdon Old Road (A677), Oswaldtwistle

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Olive Lomas formed the Animal Welfare Liaison Network (AWLN) in 1989 and consequently opened the Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary in 1994 and later two further sanctuaries in Scotland and in Southern England. The original sanctuary and home of the AWLN and Only Foals and Horses is at Redshell Stables set in 22 acres of picturesque Lancashire countryside. The aims of AWLN through its Only Foals And Horses sanctuaries are to RESCUE, REHABILITATE and RETIRE equines that are in desperate need of care. The horses and ponies that come to the sanctuaries will have suffered through neglect and/or cruelty and require patient rehabilitation from physical mental damage.

PENNY FARM

Tel: 01253 766983
ILPH Penny Farm, Preston New Road, Peel, Blackpool

Leave M6 at Junction 32 (M55). At Junction 4 follow brown tourist signs onto A583 towards Preston. Bear left at B&Q roundabout and ILPH Penny Farm is on the right.

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A working recovery and rehabilitation centre for horses and ponies. Penny Farm has a Coffee and Gift Shop where you can purchase refreshments and ILPH gifts, there is also an Information Centre at the farm, where you can find out more information about the work of the ILPH The farm staff also offer Guided Tours to visitors on open days, where you can lear about the work we do to rehabilitate horses.

SMITHILLS OPEN FARM

Tel: 01204 595765
Smithills Open Farm, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton Bl1 7NS
15 minutes from Junction 5 M61 Follow the brown signs for Smithills Country Park. At the traffic lights turn into Smithills Dean Road and follow this for approximately 1 mile, look out for the signs to the farm.

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Set in the vast open countryside of Smithills Country Park next to the historic Smithills Hall and Restaurant the family can spend a fun day whether it is wet or fine and the children will be talking about it forever. When you visit us there is lots to see and do, children can enjoy a ride on a donkey , or pretend to be a farmer driving our toy tractor and trailers. If they just want to let off steam we have 2 bouncy castles that they are able to play on all day long. We encourage children to hold chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs and other baby animals on the farm. We also bottle feed the lambs throughout the year, which children love to help with.

SMITHY FARM

Tel: 01253 836711
Fleetwood Road, Esprick, Preston, Lancashire PR4 3HJ
On the Fylde coast area of Lancashire on the A585 Fleetwood Road, 1/2 mile north from J3 on the M55 motorway

Shop open daily from 8 am until 7 pm, including Bank Holidays and Easter Weekend
Animal Park open 10 am until 5 pm daily. Free Entry.

We have various animal attractions which include Alpacas and Goats, not forgetting the free range hens which you can feed. There is also a seating area for you to sit, relax and watch your children play on our toy tractors. Why not look around our farm shop which sells the free range eggs from our hens, homemade jams and chutneys, seasonal vegetables, logs and coal among other things. We pride ourselves by only purchasing goods that are local to Lancashire. We also make chicken coops, log stores, bird tables etc. in our workshop. Schools and playgroups welcome by apointment only. Refreshments are available.

STOCKLEY FARM

Tel: 01565 777323
Arley, Northwich, Cheshire
M6 J19 or M56 J9 or 10, follow brown signs for Arley Hall & Gardens

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Fun for all the family. Take the tractor and trailer ride from the car park at Arley Estgate. Stroke, cuddle or help feed the animals. The friendly staff are always on hand to help children and tell them about the animals. Watch the cows being milked, bounce in the straw, browse in the gift shop, enjoy refreshments in the cafe, have fun in the Let's Make corner or relax with a picnic on the adventure playground.

THE WELLBEING FARM

Tel: 01204 860756
Turton, Blackburn with Darwen BL7 0BY

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We are an exclusive award-winning green hospitality venue located less than 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester (in between Bolton and Blackburn in Lancashire). We deliver awesome experiences in the form of corporate events, team building, llama trekking, private functions and weddings. With our own Cookery School, we make and serve fantastic vintage afternoon teas at weekends (pre-booking essential).

THORNTON HALL FARM COUNTRY PARK

Tel: 01282 841148
Thornton-in-Craven, Nr Skipton

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Set in 260 acres of stunning Craven & Pendle countryside Thornton Hall Farm Country Park is a real working farm. With plenty of indoor attractions we provide a fun filled day out for all the family no matter what the weather! Demonstrations including hands-on activities and guided tours of the farm on our purpose built All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) known as the "Wizzick Experience" Purpose built viewing galleries give you a bird’s eye view of the cattle and lambing sheep in the indoor sheds. Ride on tractors, a straw maze, giant sandpit , Wizzick Caterpiller ride and Wizzick slide provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages. The paddocks are home to all manner of animals including rare breed cattle, sheep, llamas, pigs, wallaby, pygmy goats, deers, horses and a variety of poultry.

WELLYBOBS FARM

01254 772 884
Wellybobs, Davyfield Farm, Roman Road, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 3PJ

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The Animalistic Adventure Farm Park is owned by the Kershaw family. Our Farm includes:- Goats - Rabbits - Guinea Pigs - Miniature Horse - Alpacas - Kune Kune Pigs. At Wellybobs we try and pack as much into your visit as possible, as well as viewing the animals in our Animal building or petting our fury friends in cuddle corner, why not take a safari ride and view all the animals out in the fields, we have over two hundred animals on the farm.

WINDMILL ANIMAL FARM

Tel: 01704 892282
Redcat Lane, Burscough

We are located in the county of Merseyside about 5 miles east of the popular seaside town of Southport. The nearest landmark is the Martin Mere Wild Fowl Trust. From the North or South, navigate to the M6 and head for Junction 27. Once off the motorway take the A5209 and follow signs for Southport/Burscough Bridge/Martin Mere. You can find us on Red Cat Lane in the village of Burscough

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The farm is set within many acres of grounds. The animals on the farm have been acquired from different parts of the country - cows, sheep, goats, horses, rabbits. As well as these beautiful and unusual animals and their young, the farm has a marvellous children's play area, pedal tractors, coffee shop and gift shop. Enclosed petting area for children to stroke and feed rabbits and guinea pigs. Some of the animals are under cover in the barn.

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