Local Attractions for Animal Lovers

If spending time with animals is your thing, there are several places local to Wallops Wood where you can get quite close or even hands on. Spending time with animals will definitely put a smile on the children’s faces and can make you feel closer to nature, making it a fantastic family day out 🦋 🦉

The attractions below are all family friendly but please check opening times and booking requirements before setting out. 

Meon Valley Alpacas – just a few minutes away from Wallops Wood in Droxford is Meon Valley Alpacas. Karen and Peter Oglesby have been breeding and showing alpacas for over 20 years and you can experience the alpacas during a morning visit. The experience includes feeding time, caring for the females with their young (cria), depending on the time of year, and generally helping out. Find out more for prices and booking on their website. 

Alpacas in the Meon Valley just doen the road form Wallops Wood
Visit the Alpacas near Wallops Wood Cottages

Marwell Zoo – very popular attraction near Wallops Wood, Marwell Zoo has almost every animal you can think of! Spend a day out exploring the zoo with hundreds of animals including giraffes, tigers & penguins, a 140-acre park and 5 adventure playgrounds. There are also daily talks and animal feeds plus a cafe and gift shop. The Zoo is a charity and aims to conserve global biodiversity and pursue a sustainable future. Their team of Conservation Biologists are behind programmes in both the UK and Africa. The Zoo is well worth a visit while staying with us! Find out more.

Giraffes at Marwell Zoo
Giraffes at Marwell Zoo

New Forest Wildlife Park – just outside Southampton, the New Forest Wildlife Park is committed to the conservation of our indigenous species. The park helps rehabilitate injured animals such as otters, owls and deer and is involved in breeding projects for harvest mice, water voles and the otters. Your visit will enable you to get close to the animals, talk to the keepers during feeding sessions and get close to small animals and birds. Find out more and book tickets online.

Longdown Activity Farm is also near Southampton where the kids can get close to farm animals. There’s feeding times throughout the day that you can join in including bottle feeding calves and kid goats and feeding the ducks. There are lots of other friendly animals to meet including donkeys, alpacas, Pygmy goats, Kunekune pigs and cows. Other activities include tractor and trailer rides, go-carts and a large outdoor play area. There is also a farm shop on site. Check out their website for more information.

New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies

Manor Farm & Country Park is also within 30 minutes from Wallops Wood. It is a traditional farm where you can explore the farmhouses and find out about its history, meet the farm animals and play! There is a play barn and outdoor play area, tractor barn, wildlife pond, a maize maze and den building. Plenty to keep the kids entertained for the day with refreshments on site. There is no need to book and tickets can be bought on entry. Find out more.

Butser Ancient Farm – based at Butser Hill near Peterfield, this farm features archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. It makes for a fascinating day out where you can get hands on learning ancient skills, and bring the past back to life. There’s plenty of workshops and activities on throughout the summer. The farm also has rare breed animals including Manx Loaghtan Sheep and English Goats, along with pigs in the summer months. Find out more and book tickets on their website.

Butser Ancient Farm