Why not treat someone to a gift to remember this year?

A unique experience for you, or someone close to you, to enjoy the chance to get up close with our Birds Of Prey or some of our other residents. It's a memory that will stay with you for a very long time.

Please note that experiences are not available between 23rd of December and the 2nd of January, Tuesdays during term time , Easter Sunday or bank holiday Mondays.

The Bird Of Prey experiences begin at 2.00pm
Zookeeper Experiences are Two Hours long and start at 10am
Mini experiences are at 12:30

Gentleshaw’s own vouchers are valid for 12 months form date of purchase, so you can choose to enjoy your gift at your leisure.
Note however that discount vouchers bought through 3rd parties, (e.g. Amazon & Groupon), have their own T&Cs including expiry dates, which are usually much less that 12 months..
Please check the details on your voucher and details from the company you purchased the voucher from for any such restrictions.

Our experiences can now be purchased via pay pal from the link on our home page or the donations page.
A voucher will then be sent out to you either via post or email.

Zoo Keeper Experience (2 Hours): (£50, per person)


You will start with an introduction to the sanctuary and the work you will be carrying out. Then spend time trying your hand at being a zoo keeper.

Tasks will include preparing food for some of the animals, cleaning of their enclosures, meeting reptiles, trying your hand at handling a bird of prey and preparing treats for the residents.

You may also get to stroke a skunk, feed a Kinkajou or chat to a bat*.

Due to the nature of a rescue centre and the species that live here, contact with animals will be limited and restricted.

Terms and Conditions :

Experience available at 10am

PLEASE NOTE: you may be part of a group for ALL experiences.

Min age 6 years.

Early booking advised for weekend dates.
Dress for outdoors and working with animals.
Please advise of any health issues that may affect participation, limited wheelchair access.
Participants must be reasonably fit.

Zoo keeper experience do permit spectators, all we ask is you pay the standard entry into the centre. Cameras welcome.

* content on day may vary without prior notice.

NOTE: Participants may be required to sign a liability waiver.

ONE HOUR Bird of prey experience (Age Limit 12+ yrs): (£35 per person)

Your hour begins with a brief introduction to the equipment used in falconry, the remainder of the time is spend ‘hands on’ with the birds.
You will have the opportunity to handle and fly some of the birds at the centre, and find out a little about how these birds are cared for and trained.

Please Note that you may be part of a group for this experience.


     Meet the Meerkats ( Age Limit 6 years): (£20 per person)

Your time will be spent meeting Basil & Sybil our Meerkats.
Your 15 minute experience will be spent in the animal’s enclosure, meeting them up close and maybe even getting a cuddle!

Please dress sensibly

Meerkats: No open toed Shoes

Please Note that you may be part of a group for this experience

The experiences will take place within the sanctuary, which is open to the public.
Members for the public will be able to watch you participate.

You will be required to call the centre to arrange a date convenient to you and the centre.
The format of the experiences is subject to change at the discretion of the keepers and may be re-scheduled subject to the weather as naturally we cannot fly our birds during inclement weather as it is not good for them.

Please Note: Any additional guests you may choose to bring will be charged for entry into the centre.

You can pay for your lesson by cheque, made out to Gentleshaw B.O.P. Hospital,
and sent to the address on our contacts page, or you can book your lesson in person when visiting the centre, simply ask a member of staff.
We regret that we are currently unable to accept payment by credit or debit card.

Please contact the centre should you require any further information.

All experience must be Pre-booked in advance.
Dates are subject to availability.
You must bring your voucher with you on the day of your experience.