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Animal Experience Days and Gifts

Get up close to and meet gorgeous creatures on our animal experiences. Whether you love big cats, have dreamt of being a zookeeper, fancy riding the high seas scouting for seals, or just want to meet those oh-so-cute meerkats, there’s animal magic for everyone. We’ve got an ark-full of animal experience days that are loved by all ages, making them great gifts for families to enjoy together. Animal experiences FAQs...

 



Meerkat Experience East Sussex

Hailsham

From £60.00

    • A one to one meerkat experience
    • Learn about the meerkats and meet them personally
    • A hot drink is included
    • Plenty of photo opportunities
Bee Experience Lancashire

Samlesbury Hall Estate near Preston

From £40.00

    • See how honey is made in Lancashire
    • Get kitted out in all the beekeeper gear
    • Be amazed by the view into the observation beehive
    • Suitable for all ages - a great family day out
Alpaca Trekking in Kent

Haguelands Village, Romney Marsh

Special Offer From £25

    • Meet and trek with alpacas at Romney Marsh in Kent
    • Take your very own alpaca out for a walk
    • Visit the baby alpaca enclosure to help handfeed
    • Lots of activities & shops on the farm estate
Bee Keeper for a Day
Based On 1 Reviews

East Grinstead

From £95.00

    • Learn about different types of hives
    • Observe the bees at close quarters
    • Home cooked lunch and tea and coffee are provided
    • Courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm
Sealife Watching Scotland
Based On 2 Reviews

Moray Firth

From £39.00

    • See dolphins, porpoise and seals
    • Use a hydrophone to listen to under water sounds
    • Minke whales are occasionally sighted
    • Experiences run April to October
Sheepdog Experience
Based On 6 Reviews

Bingley, West Yorkshire

Special Offer From £85

    • A full day with Border Collies
    • Learn how to handle and train the dogs
    • Learn about farming, sheep and sheepdogs
    • Shepherd a small flock of sheep
Wildlife Experience in West Sussex
Based On 2 Reviews

The Cowdray Estate, near Midhurst

From £140.00

    • A guided wildlife tour of stunning Cowdray Estate
    • See indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat
    • Be taken around in a 4x4 vehicle
    • Year round tours, at all times including dawn & dusk
Shire Horse Experience Day
Based On 11 Reviews

Church Stretton, Shropshire

From £140.00

    • A day of many activities with a Shire horse
    • Learn basic information on harnessing
    • Plenty of hands on opportunity with the horses
    • Tea and coffee throughout the day
Animal Keeper Experiences Shropshire
Based On 5 Reviews

Telford, Shropshire

Save 50% From £75

    • Be an animal keeper for the day
    • Undertake many of the tasks a keeper would do
    • Available on selected dates
    • Takes place in Telford, Shropshire
Bee Keeping in Kent

Hawkhurst

From £65.00

    • Learn about beekeeping in the Garden of England
    • Half and full-day courses at Hawkhurst in Kent
    • Explore an empty beehive and a 'live' beehive
    • Informative & entertaining hosting by beekeeper John
Carnivore Encounter
Based On 2 Reviews

Telford, Shropshire

Save £75 From £75

    • Get up and close with 3 formidable carnivores
    • Meet a Red Fox family and feed them
    • Stroke and handle the Snakes
    • Meet the Servals and stroke them
Crocodile Encounters

Bristol

From £15.00

    • See crocs & venomous snakes at a specialist centre
    • The chance to swim with crocodiles & have a cuddle
    • Three different croc experiences to choose from
    • The chance to spend 5hrs with the reptile keepers
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

near Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

From £175.00

    • Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride in West Sussex
    • Ride in a Regency period Barouche carriage
    • Picnics filled with local produce available
    • Adults can enjoy Champagne during the ride
Husky Rides Sussex
Based On 10 Reviews

Nr Horsham, West Sussex

Exclusive Offer From £99

    • Meet and greet the huskies
    • A Husky ride experience
    • Take a one mile ride (around 25 minutes)
    • Film show about husky racing
Meerkat Encounter in Kent

Knockholt, Sevenoaks

Save 50% From £35

    • A Meerkat experience in Knockholt, Kent
    • You will be making a Meerkat meal for the 'mob'!
    • Suitable for all ages from five years old
    • Meet the other residents of the farm centre too
Meerkat Experience for Two
Based On 7 Reviews

Telford, Shropshire

Save 50% From £49

    • Meet the Meerkats or their Lemur and Serval friends
    • Get hands on and feed the animals
    • Entry to the Wildlife park included
Meet the Animals in Congresbury for Two

Congresbury, near Bristol

From £125.00

    • Meet a whole family of animals near Bristol
    • Visit this animal & bird centre in Congresbury
    • The centre is not normally open to the public
    • Animals include Meerkats, Skunks, Lizards & Armadillo
Meet the Meerkats for Two Oxfordshire

near Abingdon, Oxfordshire

From £40.00

    • Meet the Meerkats in Oxfordshire
    • Learn all about the Meerkats' lives as a family
    • You get to feed them inside their enclosure
    • Lots of opportunities for photos & cuddles
Border Collie Experience
Based On 5 Reviews

Near Rutland, Leicestershire

From £99.00

    • Learn the traditional art of shepherding
    • Meet the sheepdogs and have a training session
    • Superb surrounding countryside
    • Runs on selected weekdays and weekends
Wildlife Safari Padstow

Cornwall

From £15.00

    • One or Two hour sealife cruises available
    • High Speed RIB skippered by an RNLI crewmember
    • Explore the stunning Cornish coastline
    • Chance to see wild seals and dolphins
Zoo Keeper for a Day at Drayton Manor Park

Tamworth, Staffordshire

From £120.00

    • Be a zoo keeper for the day at Drayton Manor Zoo
    • Shadow a zoo keeper on a one-to-on basis
    • Get stuck in with all the daily zoo keeping tasks
    • Meet reptiles, primates and more during your day
Beach Riding on The Sussex Coast

Sussex

From £120.00

    • Exhilarating horse riding experiences on the beach
    • Explore the West Sussex coastline on horseback
    • Suitable for novice to experienced riders
    • All beach horse rides are guided
Big Cat Photography
Based On 8 Reviews

Bedfordshire and Merseyside

From £129.00

    • Your chance to capture the big cats on camera
    • Guidance from an experienced photography guide
    • Close up photographic opportunities
    • Access to the safari park after your session
Birds of Prey at The Scottish Deer Centre

Bow of Fife, Cupar

From £63.00

    • A birds of prey experience near Cupar in Fife
    • Takes place at the stunning Scottish Deer Centre
    • Meet & fly raptors and go on a hawk walk too
    • Entry to the Deer Centre included - stay all day!
Learn to Play Polo Lincolnshire

Leadenham, Lincolnshire

From £60.00

    • Learn to play polo at Leadenham in Lincolnshire
    • Two-hour tasters or full day courses available
    • No need to be able to ride a horse
    • Play your first polo chukka on the full day session!
Pet Photoshoot
Based On 1 Reviews

Nationwide

Free £50 Voucher From £15

    • Capture your pets personality with a pro photoshoot
    • Choice of photoshoot or pamper plus with extras
    • A 5''x7'' portrait of your favourite image included
    • Studio Locations all over the country
Western Adventure in Hampshire
Based On 7 Reviews

New Forest

Special Offer From £149

    • Tuition from an experienced instructor
    • A morning riding lesson and an afternoon trail
    • Breakfast and a BBQ lunch are included
    • All equipment is provided

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

Who doesn’t love animals? We’re a nation of animal lovers and we’ve got an eclectic collection of animal encounters that’ll let you get up close to your favourite species. So much better than just going to the zoo or wildlife park for the day, your knowledgeable hosts will really make your day special. You’ll learn fascinating facts and, in many cases, be very hands-on with the day-to-day care of the animals too. Feeding time at the zoo anyone?

Who it's not for

We quite agree that diving with sharks or swimming with crocodiles might not be for everyone. But we’ve got lots of different animals waiting to meet you, so there’s bound to be a creature you’d like to learn more about. Of course, if you’re allergic to animal hair, you might want to avoid our furry friends in favour of meeting the reptilians instead!

Animal experience FAQs

I can’t see any falconry experiences on this page?

No that’s right. Because falconry and birds of prey experiences are some of our most popular with lots of centres around the whole of the UK, we’ve got a separate section for falconry experiences.

Do I get to cuddle a meerkat then?

Whilst you do get to go inside their enclosure to meet these fascinating little creatures we now know so well and love, most centres prefer that meerkats, as wild creatures, are not handled. In most cases you will be able to feed them though, which is all just too cute.

Will I be feeding the animals on these experiences?

Very often yes, you’ll be able to participate in animal feeding time. These moments are by far the most popular parts of the experiences from what you’ve told us, so if feeding is included in the programme, it’ll be mentioned in the product description on each individual page.

Can I really swim with sharks?

Yes! Of course, the breed of sharks you swim with are not man-eating, aggressive sharks, but they are sharks and they certainly look like sharks with fins and teeth and all! Again, safety is paramount and no experience would intentionally be putting you in danger. Shark experiences are designed to be thrilling, yet totally safe too.

Do I have to be able to swim to swim with sharks?

Not necessarily. You will need to be confident in water, but it’s more like a diving or snorkelling experience and often you’ll be lowered into a cage within the water. All the training is given on the day and no previous diving experience is necessary either.

Surely it’s dangerous to swim with crocodiles?

Of course it'd be very dangerous to swim in crocodile-infested waters. Our experiences are in a controlled environment, where the crocodilian species has been carefully selected and hand reared to be used to being around humans.

Will I get stung on a beekeeping experience?

Hopefully not. You’ll be wearing all the beekeeper protective gear and will have had a full safety briefing before approaching the hives. Some centres have constructed clever hives where the inner workings are visible from behind a screen so you’re highly unlikely to get stung. Might be one to avoid if you suffer from allergic reactions to stings though.

Do alpacas actually like trekking with us humans?

They love it! They all have their own character, so there’s bound to be one that’s stubborn and might refuse to budge for a bit, but they love hiking and trekking. It’s a great experience to try in the UK and offers a day out in the country with a difference.

Are there animal experiences suitable for families?

The vast majority of our animal-themed experiences are perfect for families to enjoy the outdoors together. Look out for special family packages that offer excellent value for money when adults and children do an animal experience together.

Do you have to be able to whistle to do a sheepdog experience?

Nope! You can still have your One Man and His Dog moment even if you can’t whistle very loudly, as you can use a whistle or even vocal commands to get your faithful friend to round up those cheeky sheep.

Are there really whales and dolphins in British waters?

Yes! The best places to see them are generally on the Atlantic coast, which is why our sea life experiences are based in places like Scotland and North Cornwall. You’re not guaranteed to spot them, but the skippers and crews know their local waters really well and are pretty skilled at finding them.

Are there any be a zookeeper experiences?

Yes. Have a browse of our all animal experiences and you’ll see there are several activities that give you an insight into what the life of an animal keeper is like.

What happens of I’ve chosen the wrong animal experience?

If you thought they loved Husky dogs when in fact all they’ve ever wanted to do is meet big cats, IntotheBlue offers a no-quibble voucher exchange programme, so you can swap your voucher for anything else on our website within its validity date.

Are there any animal experiences near me?

It depends what animals you fancy meeting, but we’ve got fun and fascinating animal experiences for you all over the country. Current locations include:
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