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Greater Manchester & North-West Region Zoos and Animal Parks

These venues are all within a day's return trip by car from Manchester City Centre, and have been verified by the author.

Elephants Chester Zoo Chimpanzee Enclosure at Chester Zoo Chester Zoo Penguins Giraffe at Chester Zoo

Chatsworth Farmyard

Chatsworth, Edensor, (near Bakewell), Derbyshire DE45 1PP. Tel: 01246-583139.
Seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, Chatsworth is one of Derbyshire's most celebrated and largest country residences - about 1� hours drive from Manchester. Many domestic animals on view, as well as fish, and cows being milked. Adventure Playground. Located about a � mile east of Edensor village on the A623, 4 miles east of Bakewell. About 1� hours drive from Manchester (longer at peak times) via the A6 road to Stockport, Buxton and Bakewell, well signposted as you approach Bakewell. 16 miles from Junction 29 on the M1 Motorway, signposted "Chesterfield". Also Stables Restaurant, refreshment and snacks concessions, extensive parking, tours of the house, and extensive gardens - an excellent picnic opportunity. Children's adventure playground, farm shop nearby. Frequent events held - angling, shooting, crafts fairs. House & Gardens open from the end of March to the end of October daily. The farmyard and adventure playground are open during the same months - check times of opening and prices. Buses regularly from Bakewell village. See also Chatsworth - Main Entry

Chester Zoo

Upton-by-Chester, Chester,CH2 1LH. SAT NAV: CH2 1EU. Tel: 01244 380 280. Fax: 01244 371 273.
Website: www.chesterzoo.org. Email:guest.services@chesterzoo.org.
Open 7 days a week including Bank Holidays - check times of opening and prices. The UK's largest zoo, set in 110 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. Attractions include Chimpanzee Island, Penguin Pool, Tropical House, Children's Farm, and many others. Free parking for cars and coaches. Disabled facilities and virtually full wheelchair access. Restaurants, caf�s and fast food stalls. Gift and souvenir shops. Regular bus services from Chester City Centre. About 1 hour's drive by car from Manchester along the M56 motorway, well signposted as you approach Chester.

Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park

Castleton Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 0QS.
Tel: 01298 814 099. Fax: 01298 816213.
Website: www.chestnutcentre.co.uk. Email: enquiries@chestnutcentre.co.uk.
Open daily throughout summer, and on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February - check times of opening and prices. See the Great American Otter here, as well as the biggest selection of otter species in Britain. Also a great variety of Owls.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA15 8JR. Tel: 01229 466 086. Website: www.wildanimalpark.co.uk.
Interact with some of the world's rarest, most endangered species. Hand feed penguins, giraffes, lemurs, kangaroos, emus, ducks, etc. Dine in the Maki Restaurant for a snack or full meal, overlooking the "African" savannah where rhinos, baboons and giraffes wonder. Gift shop. Located from Junction 36 on the M6 motorway, following signs on the A590 to Barrow - about 20 minutes past lake Windermere. "See conservation in action every day" .

Cronkshaw Fold Farm & Study Centre

Cronkshaw Fold Farm, (off Alden Road), Helmshore, Rossendale BB4 4AQ.
Tel: 01706-218 614. Website: http://www.cronkshaw.com.
Set in the Alden Valley, Helmshore in Rossendale, this is a traditional working hill farm with cows, sheep, pigs and poultry. There is also an organic fruit and vegetable garden. Open to the public from April to September - check times of opening and prices before setting out.

Heaton Park Farm Centre

The Farm Centre, Manchester City Council, Prestwich, Manchester M25 2SW
Tel: 0161-773 1085. Fax: 0161-798 0107. Email: heatonpark@manchester.gov.uk.
Website: www.heatonpark.org.uk/heatonpark/what_to_see__do/animal_centre/
Many domesticated animals and breeding programmes - cows, pigs, chicks, alpacas, goats , donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, poultry, sheep, which bring a flavour of the wild Scottish moors. There is also a themed play area in the Animal Centre. School parties welcome. Call for details. See also Heaton Park - Main Entry.

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park

Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9DS. Tel: 01829 760 506.
Website: www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk.
The centre is located on the A49 two miles north of Tarporley next to The Alvanley Arms pub, and is set in 50 acres of the Cheshire countryside. Home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Stud they have been breeding prize winning shires for over 30 years. As well as the shires they have stocked the park with a fantastic selection of British animals and birdlife, both wild and domesticated, including many rare breeds.

Farmer Parr's Animal World

Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 8JP.
Tel: 01253 874 389. Website: http://farmerparrs.com.
Large and fascinating collection of farm and rare breed animals including poultry and pets. Pony and tractor rides, play area, farm shop and cafe. Won the "Outstanding Contribution to Wyre Tourism Award" in 2010. Hungry Farmer café on site for snacks, refreshments and full meals.

Farmer Ted's Farm Park

Flatman's Lane, Downholland, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 7HW.
Tel: 0151 526 0002. Website: www.farmerteds.com.
Pigs, llamas, sheep, cows and goats, Demonstration and milking area, tractor rides, play and picnic area, pedal tractors, sand pit, classroom and farm shop. There is also an area set aside with soft furnishings so parents can relax over a coffee and a newspaper or perhaps enjoy one of Farmer Ted's open sandwiches. Farmer Ted's Grill offers more substantial meals. A full table of activities and events is available most days.

Horse & Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA)
(Shores Hey Rescue Centre)

Taylor Building, Shores Hey Farm, Black House Lane, Halifax Road,
Briercliffe, (near Burnley), Lancashire BB10 3QU. Tel: 01282 455 992.
Website: www.happa.org.uk.
HAPPA was founded in 1937 to protect horses, ponies and donkeys from acts of cruelty, ill-treatment and neglect. Shores Hey Rescue Centre is located in the hills above Burnley with some 60 acres and extensive stable buildings are home to around 80 horses, ponies and donkeys at any one time. The Centre welcomes visitors and often plays host to local groups and organisations for visits, to purchase from the shop or simply enjoying light refreshments in the Visitor’s Centre. The Centre also holds educational workshops and open days throughout the year.

Acorn Farm Adventure Park

Depot Road, Kirkby, Liverpool L33 3AR. Tel: 0151 548 1524. Website: www.acornfarm.co.uk.
Acorn Farm was created in 1985 on 4 hectares of derelict land, which had once been a tip for builder’s rubble, with a rabbit and two gerbils. It has since grown into an award winning visitor attraction which is home to a wide range of farm animals and employs 28 full time, part time and seasonal staff. The project has strong roots in the local community and we believe that everyone has a valued social role to play within their community. Therefore at Acorn Farm we are proud to have individuals of different ages and abilities working together as a team in all aspects of running the farm. Urban farm with horse-riding, a working goat dairy, farm produce, walks and much more

Animal World & Butterfly House

Moss Bank Park, Moss Bank Way, Bolton BL1 6NQ. Tel: 01204 846 157.
Admission: Free. Moss Bank Park is home to Animal World. The Butterfly House was moved here from Queen's Park. Butterflies fly free in a tropical environment, while in Animal World, a unique living environment has been created for many animals, from farmyard to tropical birds. The tower in the aviary was originally built as an astronomical observatory by John Horrocks Ainsworth in the mid-19th century.

Only Foals & Horses

Redshell Stables, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire BB5 3RW. Tel: 01254 239 993.
Website: www.onlyfoalsandhorses.org.uk. Email: info@onlyfoalsandhorses.org.uk.
Only Foals & Horses works to rescue some of the very young foals and older horses who are at great risk each year of mistreatment and neglect, rehabilitate and rest the sick or malnourished and retire the very old and the lame. The sanctuary is often the first place of call when a home is needed. In many cases equines arrive at the sanctuary in poor health and requiring expensive treatment. Currently has over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys. We are based at Redshell Stables, Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington. Open daily. Special events and open days. For more information - check times of opening and prices.

The Fisherman's Retreat, Twine Valley

Riding Head Lane, Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0HH.
Tel: 01706-825 314. Fax: 01706-821 815.
Email: info@fishermansretreat.com. Website: www.fishermansretreat.com.
Predominantly a restaurant, but with other facilities including deer, charolias, and saddleback pigs which are all part of the farm and not always available for public viewing. Also offers Coarse Fishing on a membership basis (not Fly Fishing), and access to 80 acres of beautiful countryside.

Animal Farm Castleton

Buxton Old Road, Castleton, Derbyshire S33 8WP.
Tel: 01298 812 951. Email: info@animal-farm.org.uk. Website: www.animal-farm.org.uk.
Based in the picturesque village of Castleton, at the foot of the famous mountain Mam collection of British farm animals who face extinction, and the opportunity to learn about animals and local crafts. In addition to the animals, there are activities including dry-stone walling and panning for Blue John, picnic areas and a dog park. Because of the very hilly terrain in the Peak District, Animal Farm is unsuitable for people using wheelchairs and wheelchair users should contact the Farm in advance of their visit so that alternative arrangements can be made for access and to meet the animals.
Opening times: April to end of September: daily; October to Christmas and half terms: weekends and by appointment; Christmas to end of March: advanced bookings only - check times of opening and prices .
Admission prices: Children under two go free. Groups over six people 10% discount; Groups over ten people 15% discount. Please contact in advance for information and prices for school and coach parties.

Vale Royal Falconry Centre

Warrington Road, Acton Bridge, Cheshire CW8 3QB.
Tel: 01606-851 873 or 07974 064 078. Website: www.valeroyalfalconry.com.
Open March to October. Learn about the ancient art of falconry. See the website for admission prices, special events and experience days. Located about 5 miles off Junction 10 of the M56 Motorway on the A49 South, just past and opposite the Riverside Pub and caravan Park.

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