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Animal Experience Days and Gifts

Our animal experiences - where you get to meet gorgeous creatures! From zookeeper days, meerkat experiences and alpaca trekking, to riding the high seas scouting for sealife, there's animal magic for everyone. We've got an ark-full of animal experience days that are loved by all ages. Animal experiences FAQs...

close up raccoon

Raccoon Encounter Oxfordshire

Southmoor, Oxfordshire

Buy For £75.00

Raccoon Encounter Oxfordshire
  • Meet the resident raccoons
  • Learn all about these intelligent creatures
  • At a family-run animal centre with lots to see
  • All day entry is included to the Falconry Centre

Alpaca Walking Experience Warwickshire

Hurley, Warwickshire

From £7.50

Alpaca Walking Experience Warwickshire
  • Meet the alpaca herd near Atherstone
  • On a working farm with lots of animals
  • Head off on a guided walk with your alpaca
  • Visit the coffee shack & farm shop onsite
meerkat lady

Animal Encounters Warwickshire

Hurley, Warwickshire

From £20.00

Animal Encounters Warwickshire
  • Meet & spend time with the animals
  • Meerkats, mini donkeys & alpacas
  • Say hi to the other farm residents too
  • One-hour & half-day visits available
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Meditate with Horses

Ambleside, Cumbria

From £59.00

Meditate with Horses
  • Led by animal trainer & meditator Katherine
  • Meet & connect with horses Amber, Eddie and Yogi
  • Soothing, inspiring & enchanting
  • Open your mind & heart to this experience!
alpaca in field

Alpaca Experience Staffordshire

Stowe by Chartley, Stafford

From £40.00

Alpaca Experience Staffordshire
  • Meet Antonio, Benedict & Sebastien the alpacas!
  • Hour-long walks around the farm park
  • Entrance to the farm park is included
  • A lovely day out nr Stafford for families
Donkey pair

Miniature Donkey Walking for Two Kent

Faversham, Kent

Buy For £64.00

Miniature Donkey Walking for Two Kent
  • Visit Huckleberry Woods near Faversham
  • Walk miniature donkeys
  • Meet the other micro & mini animals
  • This experience is for two people
reindeer head

Reindeer Experience

Stafford, Staffordshire

Exclusive Offer From £40.00

Reindeer Experience
  • Meet Dasher & Comet the reindeers
  • Go for a leisurely walk with them
  • Includes entry to the farm park
  • Lots of attractions on site

Private Alpaca Experience West Wales

Lampeter, Ceredigion

From £35.00

Private Alpaca Experience West Wales
  • Meet the alpacas, donkeys or pygmy goats
  • Hosted by Mandy at her smallholding near Lampeter
  • Extended experience includes homemade cream tea
  • All visits are exclusive to your group

Animal Photography Day Bristol

Filton, Bristol

From £99.00

Animal Photography Day Bristol
  • Photograph reptiles & meerkats
  • Hosted by expert animal handlers
  • Get closer than you would in the wild!
  • No limit on the number of photos 
cat chair

Kitty Café Afternoon Tea for Two

Birmingham, Leeds & Nottingham

From £33.95

Kitty Café Afternoon Tea for Two
  • Afternoon for tea at your choice of Kitty Cafe
  • Mingle with the loveable kitty cats
  • All cats are rescues or strays in foster care
  • Delicious cakes, scones, sandwiches + drinks
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Meerkat Experience for Two Bristol

Filton near Bristol

Save £100 Buy For £99.00

Meerkat Experience for Two Bristol
  • Meet meerkats at Filton near Bristol
  • Actually go into their enclosure 
  • Learn about each other face to face!
  • Suitable from age 6 years

Three Night Break with Hot Tub for Two & Animal Encounter

Ceredigion, West Wales

Buy For £550.00

Three Night Break with Hot Tub for Two & Animal Encounter
  • A three-night break in the Welsh countryside
  • Two animal encounter experiences included
  • Self-catering apartment with hot tub
  • A welcome pack with essential goodies

Group Venomous Snake & Crocodile Encounter

Filton, Bristol

Buy For £199.00

Group Venomous Snake & Crocodile Encounter
  • An exclusive show for up to 6 of you
  • Hosted by expert reptile handlers
  • See the most venomous snakes
  • Meet the mini crocs & snakes too
pony trek

Ancient Trails Pony Walking Dorset


From £49.00

Ancient Trails Pony Walking Dorset
  • Guided pony walks from Piddlehinton
  • Leisurely half and full-day treks
  • Discover Dorset with ponies by your side
  • A delicious Dorset ploughman's lunch
alpaca family

Alpaca Encounters Leicestershire


From £25.00

Alpaca Encounters Leicestershire
  • Visit the alpaca farm in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • Alpaca walks & baby alpaca experiences
  • Delicious afternoon tea add-on available
  • All sorts of animals on this 110-acre farm
sheepdog running
Based On 7 Reviews

Sheepdog Experience

Bingley, West Yorkshire

Special Offer Buy For £85.00

Sheepdog Experience
• 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
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Alpaca Trekking in Kent

Haguelands Village, Romney Marsh

Best Seller Buy For £25.00

Alpaca Trekking in Kent
• Meet and trek with alpacas at Romney Marsh in Kent
• Take your very own alpaca out for a walk
• Help hand-feed the rest of the herd too
• Onsite cafe for brunch, lunch and drinks
Bee Keeping
Based On 1 Review

Bee Keeping in Kent


Buy For £75.00

Bee Keeping in Kent
  • Learn about beekeeping in the Garden of England
  • Small group courses at Hawkhurst in Kent
  • Take home a jar of fresh honey from one of the hives
  • Informative & entertaining hosting by Clare and John
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Outdoor Choice

Locations Nationwide

From £50.00

Outdoor Choice
  • Choose from a wide choice of Outdoor Adventures
  • Locations across the UK
  • Option to top up your voucher on line
  • FREE premium packaging included worth £4.99
horse in water

Beach Riding on The Sussex Coast

Littlehampton, East Sussex

Buy For £159.00

Beach Riding on The Sussex Coast
  • Exhilarating horse riding experiences on the beach
  • Explore the West Sussex coastline on horseback
  • Suitable for those with riding experience
  • All beach horse rides are guided and at low tide
father and daughter
Based On 2 Reviews

Bee Experience Lancashire

Brindle near Chorley

Buy For £69.00

Bee Experience Lancashire

• Explore the world of the honeybee
• See how honey is made in Lancashire
• Get kitted out in all the beekeeper gear
• Help the beekeepers open & inspect a hive

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Meerkat Experience East Sussex


From £60.00

Meerkat Experience East Sussex
• A one to one meerkat experience
• Learn about the meerkats and meet them personally
• A hot drink is included
• Plenty of photo opportunities
big cat
Based On 8 Reviews

Big Cat Photography

Bedfordshire and Merseyside

Buy For £149.00

Big Cat Photography
• 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
cat bow tie
Based On 1 Review

Pet Photoshoot

51 Studios Nationwide

Free £50 Voucher Buy For £15.00

Pet Photoshoot
• A photoshoot just for you and your pet!
• Suitable for cats, dogs and exotic pets too
• A 5''x7'' portrait of your favourite image included
• Pet photoshoots at professional studios near you
lady holding bees
Based On 2 Reviews

Urban Beekeeping & Craft Beer Tasting

Kennington Park, London

From £49.00

Urban Beekeeping & Craft Beer Tasting
• Urban beekeeping & beer tasting in Kennington Park
• Get kitted up as a beekeeper & inspect a working hive
• Taste the beer that uses the honey from local hives
• This is a hands-on workshop suitable 18yrs+
border collie leics
Based On 10 Reviews

Border Collie Experience

Near Rutland, Leicestershire

Buy For £99.00

Border Collie Experience
• Learn the traditional art of shepherding
• Meet the sheepdogs and have a training session
• Superb surrounding countryside
• Runs on selected weekdays and weekends
meerkat encounter
Based On 7 Reviews

Meerkat Experience for Two

Telford, Shropshire

Save 50% From £49.00

Meerkat Experience for Two
• Meet the Meerkats or their Lemur and Serval friends
• Get hands on and feed the animals
• Entry to the Wildlife park included
fox face
Based On 5 Reviews

Animal Keeper Day in Telford

Telford, Shropshire

Buy For £200.00

Animal Keeper Day in Telford
• Be an animal keeper for a day
• Undertake many of the tasks a keeper would do
• Hosted by knowledgeable animal keepers
• Meet a variety of mammals too
crocodile encounter
Based On 1 Review

Crocodile Encounters

Filton, Bristol

From £15.00

Crocodile Encounters
• 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
meerkat on rock

Meet the Meerkats for Two Oxfordshire

near Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Buy For £40.00

Meet the Meerkats for Two Oxfordshire
• 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
Based On 3 Reviews

Bee Keeper for a Day

East Grinstead

Buy For £120.00

Bee Keeper for a Day
• Learn about different types of hives
• Observe the bees at close quarters
• Tea, coffee and biscuits are included
• Courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm
Based On 2 Reviews

Raccoon Experience for Two

Telford, Shropshire

Save 50% Buy For £75.00

Raccoon Experience for Two
• Meet Raccoons and other furry friends too
• Takes place at Hoo Farm near Telford
• Hosted by an expert animal keeper
• Hand feed & cuddle some of the animals
animal up close

Meet the Animals in Congresbury for Two

Congresbury, near Bristol

Buy For £125.00

Meet the Animals in Congresbury for Two
• 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
boat trip

Wildlife Safari Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Cornwall

From £17.50

Wildlife Safari Padstow
• One or Two hour sealife cruises available
• RIB safari with a professional skipper & guide
• Explore the stunning Cornish coastline
• Chance to see wild seals and dolphins
rare owl
Based On 2 Reviews

Carnivore Encounter

Telford, Shropshire

Save £75 Buy For £75.00

Carnivore Encounter
• 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

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: