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Lancaster Farm & Animal Park

Middleton Road

Sometimes using a SatNav and our postcode doesn’t work well – it’s best to put “Lancaster Park & Animal Farm” into your “Maps”

(We’re behind the bus lay-by, opposite Mills Hill Train Station)

Opening Times

School and nursery groups can visit us on Fridays during term time!

We are open on Fridays during term time (February – July only) to allow for school/nursery groups (as well as the general public) to visit during the week. Click this link to see available dates

Opening times are 9:30am – 4:00pm


It’s really important to us that we provide school children with the opportunity to have genuine animal encounters and enjoy being outdoors! For this reason we offer our school trips at a discounted rate of only £180 per class (based on 30 children and 10 adults).

  • Discounted rate for school and nursery groups (minimum 9 children).
  • Complimentary entry for 1 adult per 3 children.
  • Class Ticket (30 children + 10 adults) only £180 – that’s £6 per child plus 10 adults free of charge!
  • Smaller groups (minimum 9 children), extra children or extra adults can be added at £6pp.

Staff Supervision

We ask that all school/nursery groups meet the recommended adult to child ratios when visiting the farm.  More information can be found on the NSPCC website here.

With this in mind on Fridays during term time only, we allow complimentary entry for 1 adult per 3 children for school/nursery groups ONLY.


Most school/nursery groups find it easiest to bring along a packed lunch if they are planning on eating at the farm, however we do have a small kiosk selling hot and cold drinks and some snacks (our kiosks accept cash payments only).  We have lots of picnic benches that you are welcome to use.

Suitable Clothing & Footwear

We are an outdoor attraction, therefore please ensure your whole group dress appropriately for the weather on the day.

Make a booking

You can make an advance booking via our website booking system. Payment can be made by card.  Alternatively we accept cash payments at the desk on the day.  Please be aware, we do not have a card machine at the farm so if you would like to pay by card please do so via our website booking system.

Risk Assessment

We strongly recommend that a member of your group completes a pre-visit prior to your group visit.  This will enable you to familiarise yourself with the farm layout.  Pre-visits can be completed by up to two members of staff on Fridays during term time between 9:30am – 4pm.  The link below takes you to our risk assessment, we have left several spaces at the end to allow you to adapt this to your requirements. If you have any questions please email

In the interest of safety all children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.  We ask that groups adhere to the NSPCC recommended adult to child ratios.

Download our Risk Assessment. Schools/Groups are encouraged to carry out a pre-visit and conduct their own risk assessment if needed.

Staying Safe

Please be aware that any contact with any animal can present significant health risks, especially for children under 5 as they are more vulnerable to infections. For your protection you should read and implement the instructions below…

Adult Supervision

Children must be supervised at all times on the farm. Children under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is over 18 years of age.

Hand Washing

It’s essential to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with any animals and especially BEFORE eating, drinking or any hand-to-face contact.  Hand washing facilities can be found at regular intervals around the farm, please ensure your whole group use them.

Hand Sanitiser Gels and Wipes

Hand sanitisers, gels and wipes are not enough to remove all germs that may be present on farms, it’s really important that you wash your hands with soap and water.

Play Areas

Our play areas are unmanned. Parents/adults are required to supervise their own children at all times.  Read the Safety Rules and make sure your child/children adhere to these rules. Please make sure that hands are washed before entering the play areas.

Eating and Drinking

Please ensure that hands are washed BEFORE eating and drinking. Only eat and drink in designated areas.

Pregnant Women

In order to protect their own health and that of their unborn child, women who are, or who may be, pregnant must avoid contact with livestock animals, especially goats, sheep, cattle and their young. This is because infectious organisms that could harm them or their unborn child may be present in birth fluids of livestock animals.  Pregnant women must also pay particular attention to their personal hygiene by avoiding touching animals and their enclosures and by frequently washing their hands with soap and water.

Animals Can Bite

Children should be supervised by their accompanying at all times when touching, stroking or feeding any animals.

Stay Out

Under no circumstances should you be inside of an animal pen/enclosure.

First Aid

The first aid box is located at the First Aid Room.

Please inform a member of staff should you require first aid, one of our trained first aiders will be happy to help.

Things To Do

Our Animals

We have over 50 species of farm and domesticated animals on the farm – many of which we have helped to rescue.

We aim to provide the best possible environment and lifestyle for each of our animals to help them lead a happy and healthy life.

Several are real characters and some can be quite naughty on occasion!

Get in touch now

We welcome enquiries from members of the public, schools, playgroups, organisations and others.