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Manor Farm and Woodlands

We thought that "Animal Centre & Donkey Sanctuary" didn't say enough about all the great things there are to do at Manor Farm, so we have changed our name and logo.

We still have the delightful donkeys as well as so many other wonderful animals - most of them rescued - and, of course, one of the largest collections of owls from around the World – you can even hold one!

Our indoor and outdoor play areas offer something for everyone in all weathers. Enjoy our Young Farmers’ Play Barn and Fort Adventure Play Area.  Explore our living willow structures, picnic and toddler play areas, pond dipping and nature trail - all in a lake and woodland setting.  Or take a moment or two to relax in the Gallery Tea rooms – around the roaring log fire when cold.

Clean, well managed paths provide access for all, including wheelchairs and buggies.

Since opening to the public in 1994 we have developed child-focussed activities and facilities to encourage and build youngsters’ understanding of the natural world around them. Although not a working farm, we offer children (and their families) a chance to meet animals, find out ‘where eggs come from’, see the differences between donkeys and horses, ducklings and chicks, etc. 

The majority of our animals have either been rescued from certain death or donated to us by owners who found themselves in a position where they could no longer provide the best care for their animals.lucky few have actually been born here on the farm.


As animals age, so their health and welfare costs increase.  Unlike a commercial farm we do not put a value on an individual animal and we will search high and low to find the right treatment.  As a result, we have a fund of special stories about our animals - including the blind goose; the time the turkey contracted pneumonia; the goat with no teeth left!  All our animals are very carefully monitored to ensure that they are enjoying a good quality of life.

Manor Farm and  Woodlands
1st Nov 2014: Halloween Funday
Fun for the Whole Family
Hoots Hollows
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Hoots Hollows
Hoots Hollows is now fully open and well worth a special visit! Owl experts on hand to tell you all you need to know - stroke one, even have your photo taken holding one!

Hoots Hollows - owls from around the world.

Hoots Hollows at Manor Farm has been extensively redesigned and refurbished to accommodate a fantastic range of owls from around the world, and is now fully open to visitors. You can see the ever-popular Barn owls, Tawnys and Snowy owls, but also the more unusual varieties such as the Great Greys, Indian Scops and Ashy Faced owls.

What is really great is that you can get close enough to touch and stroke them, hold them, have your photo taken with them.

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