Making the most of your visit

Apr 23, 2024

Whether you have visited Ferne before or are a first-time visitor there is always something you can take part in. Within the boundaries of our beautiful 72-acre working sanctuary there are many activities to enjoy. But where to start?

The Visitor Centre:

When you arrive at the Visitor Centre, make sure to pick up a map. We have already marked out places of interest which are numbered to create a route. This will allow you to see as many animals as possible, while leading you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Blackdown Hills.

It’s always worth asking our team about the activities available that will suit your party. We have set trails and quizzes to keep young minds active and engaged.

Top tips to look out for:

Guided tours

There is no better way to enjoy the sanctuary than taking one of our guided tours.  Our guided tours will give you access to a dedicated member of staff, who will guide you through the walk while giving you a unique insight into the history of our sanctuary. As well as the principles upon which we support our residents. Alongside an introduction to the daily habits of our animal friends that only someone who knows them can give. Tours must be pre-booked online with prices ranging from £9 to £15 per person, or up to £45 for a family ticket.

Creative Corner

Why not pop in for some free craft and educational activities during your visit to Ferne? There’s always something different to do in our dedicated craft and activities hub where you can learn about Animal Care and Welfare, as well as the nature and wildlife found around our sanctuary. In school holidays, join us for themed weeks. Whether you’re a young explorer or a seasoned animal lover, our activities ensure there’s never a dull moment.

It’s free to visit, as included as part of general admission prices for your sanctuary adventure!

Feeding times

We don’t encourage guests to feed our animals as some of them have very special diets. However, if you would like to see the excitement of our animal residents, and hear what their favourite foods are, make sure you ask for feeding times of your favourite furry friends!

Play area

The play area is very close to the heart of the sanctuary to allow the younger people in your party to burn off some energy in between learning about the animals. However, do also look out for woodland play activities around Lin’s walk where you might bump into some of the local wild birds and other wildlife between the branches of the trees. Or if you’re in need of a recharge after the days’ activities, visit and embrace the sensory garden, where you will no doubt find some more relaxing activities.


Our shop is open to the general public and visitors. We stock a generous range of pet care products and food. As well as gifts for people of all ages. For those who have come for a special day out or who just fancy a little bit of retail therapy, there is a gift for every budget. Alternatively, you can visit our online shop to see all our upcoming workshops and purchase from our pet supplies and gift store whilst at home!

Muddy boots, raincoats and suncream

if you take part in all the activities available, it can take 2-3 hours to walk around the sanctuary. It is worth planning your clothing for the landscape. We are a working sanctuary, our animal residents aren’t always as tidy as our visiting guests. Our aim is to keep visitor areas clean, however we can get muddy around grazing fields.

We hope you enjoy your visit, don’t forget to leave us a review!