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Animal Attractions

A fun and interesting way for families to find out more about farming and wildlife is to get up close to the animals. The Craven area has several speciality attractions to visit.


The Craven area has a thriving agricultural industry that has help shape and conserve the countryside, much of which is livestock based.  Throughout Craven sheep and cattle can be seen grazing the land, keep a look out for the outdoor reared pigs, in addition to poultry and fish farms.

Kilnsey Park Come and explore the Kilnsey Park! See the red squirrels or fish for trout. It's great fun with lots to see and do!
Open every day except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Opening times:
Summer season (April to September) 9.30am to 5.30pm; rest of the year 9.30am to 4pm.
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £12.00

Thornton Hall Country ParkThorn ton Hall Country Park Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Experience animal encounters, tuck into a special feast of healthy and tasty homemade food, and explore the farm in your own time. A fab and unique way to spend your day. A fun day out for all the family. Suitable for all ages.
Opening Hours: 31st March to 2nd September 10am - 5pm
Autumn Season 8th September to October Half Term (Weekends only) October Half Term Open everyday 10am - 4pm
Admission group of 4 = £21.00

Hesketh Farm Park Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowHesketh Farm Park Come along to Hesketh, lend a hand with our much-loved animals or enjoy our large indoor and outdoor play areas. Our immaculately clean farm park is a perfect wet day retreat.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday PLEASE NOTE: (we are closed Mondays - except for Bank Holidays and Half Terms) 10am - 5pm (last admissions 4pm)
Half term Week - February 11th to 19th 
Summer Season - March 31st to September 2nd
Autumn Season (weekends only) - Sept 4th to October 27th
Half Term Week - October 27th to November 4th Closed for Winter
Family tickets available please phone for details

Birds of Prey Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowYorkshire Dales Falconry Centre gives the public a glimpse into the sport of falconry as well as an insight to various birds of prey.
Opening Times: Open daily from 10am (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day)
Family Ticket (2+2) £21.00

Special seasonal events including Skipton Sheep Day, and Local Agricultural shows also showcase the very best that Craven has to offer, see Craven Events for more details.