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Our mob of Bennetts wallabies are gentle and shy, but enjoy getting close to visitors during our wallaby encounter sessions. Join our guide in their enclosure during morning and afternoon slots.
We have a range of gentle ponies to see, pet and hand feed in our fields such as Shetland, Miniature and Dartmoors. Other ponies, including Welsh and Cobs are available for children from 2.5 years to have short rides at weekends & school holidays. Simply buy a token at our entrance (£3.50)
Our popular giddy goats, including Dairy, Pygmy & Angora cross, are super friendly and love to gently eat from the palm of your hand!
Come and meet our soft bunnies, including Lionhead, Lop, Dwarf and Dutch, and our sweet little Guinea Pigs. Drop by our popular small animal petting sessions, which run daily 10:45-11:45 & 1:45-2:45. Our small furries can be seen at other times in their cosy pens in our small animal barn.
Our friendly, soft, donkeys love human company and are particularly partial to a stroke between the ears. One of our noisiest animals, you might hear them before you see them! Donkeys should have their animal food thrown to the ground, rather than hand fed.
The second tallest living bird breed in the world! Meet Bernard and Beatrice who may look daunting due to their size, but are in fact very gentle.
These elegant animals have a field and beautiful woodland to enjoy at the park. Known to be very timid, go gently and see if you can gain their trust to have them eating from your hand.
The closest living relative to a T-Rex! Come and identify our varied breeds, from Red Caps, to Frizzles, Pekins, Leghorns and Silkies.
Suffolk Punches were used in the WWII artillery and today are one of the rarest horse breeds in Britain. Come and see our mighty Bazoo and Zeus – they really are statuesque!
Originally native to South America, these beautifully soft Huacaya alpaca love human contact, especially petting and hand-feeding. Look out for times when we do short alpaca walks at the park too.
Meet Stinky, our lovely Albino Skunk. A rescue skunk, he is blind but has enrichment with sensory items, often including food challenges.
See our rare breed Mangalitsa siblings Rachel and Reggie, a curly haired variety native to Hungary and old timer Berkshire pigs Rachel and Ronnie. Full of character, they’re a comical bunch, but with their bad eyesight and over-enthusiastic nature, please do not hand feed them – throw their food to the ground.
Meet our super mob of meerkats, led by alpha female Martha. Watch them work together as a team, care for one another and exhibit quirky behaviour! Learn more about them too at our daily meerkat feed and talks!
See our two Indian Blue peacocks, Peter & Penny, with glorious coloured feathers and our special white peacocks, Elvis & Priscilla. The boys just love showing off their full fan tail display!
See these super Horsefield tortoises in our small animal barn and in our petting area during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Fascinating reptiles, they move faster than you think!
What a splendid variety of sheep you’ll find at Matlock Farm Park: Jacobs, ‘Teddy bear’ style Ryelands, Zwartbles, Texels and rare breed Swiss Valais Blacknose! There are also sweet cade lambs donated to us by neighbouring farmers during the Spring, who need extra care. See some of our sheep get involved in sheep races (Spring-Autumn) and get involved in a daily sheep walk too!
Come and meet the wonderful Una and Waverley. Known for their incredible strength, these traditionally British horses were bred for hundreds of years to be the ultimate work horse.
We have a range of ducks, from Indian Runners, Muscovies, Aylesburies, Calling Ducks to larger geese, you’ll often hear them going quackers!
Meet Fergus our very friendly Muntjac who likes to hang out with our Wallabies. Originating in China, Muntjac were introduced to England in the early 20th Century, causing damage to woodland. Our Fergus is no bother to us!
See our range of cows, including Hereford Belgian Blue Cross, Limousin and Dexter. So gentle and very interested in who is coming to visit.
The oldest breed of cattle in the world and the favourite of many! Meet Lemonade, Shandy, Angus, Merida and the gang. So striking and very friendly!
Meet our llamas, including Edwina, George and Paddington. Originating in South America, llamas were first used as pack animals 5,000 years ago. A thicker, more rugged coat than their cousins the alpacas, they really do have super gentle mouths for hand-feeding from visitors.
Animal food is £1.50 a bag from our entrance/tuck shop. Our animals are very friendly and love to be fussed.