Wildlife, aquariums, zoos & petting farms

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Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE. Boasts a zoo with over a 1000 animals including lions, tigers and giraffes, a theme park with over 40 rides and attractions and a Sea-life centre.  They hold live shows and events. You can buy an off-peak membership for pre-school children which is reasonable value or annual passes.

Day tickets are much cheaper if bought online in advance.

Birdworld, Farnham. They have over 2000 birds and mammals, including a penguin kingdom.

Bocketts Farm have a small petting farm and amazing indoor and outdoor play areas. They hold pig races with pigs with fun names such as Will-I-Ham and Bradley Piggins.

Hobbledown has a few animals both indoors and outdoors. It boasts a fantastic outdoor play area with tunnels and tubes to climb, a zip-wire, sand & water play and an amazing indoor softplay area.

Lockwood Centre for Horses and Donkeys, Sandhills near Godalming, GU8 5UX. An equine centre which rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. They have a resident herd of donkeys who remain in their permanent care. Open to general visitors between April and October, every Wednesday or Sunday between 11.30am and 4pm.

longleat safari parkLongleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW. I cannot recommend this enough. A brilliant (very long) day out for kids and adults alike. Many decide to stay overnight. There are heaps of special deals around. The safari drive through is amazing, although you do need to be careful in the monkey zone as some of them have a penchant for windscreen wipers! You get up really close to lions and other dangerous animals. There is also a theme park with animals like penguins and meerkats. You can also do a river cruise to see hippos and seals. It is wonderful.

Piglets Play Centre, Burhill Rd, Hersham, KT12 4BJ. Has a cafe and small indoor softplay area and a collection of toys as well as swings and a slide and a few farm animals outdoors.

Surrey Hills LlamasHambledon, GU8 4DR. They run llama treks within the beauty of the Surrey Hills. The llamas accompany you on your trek and carry your picnic. They offer a variety of treks throughout the year.

Tilgate Park near Crawley, RH10 5PQ has a lovely nature centre with a petting zoo section. There are a variety of animals from otters to owls, mongoose to mice and parrots to pigs. There is also great cycling for families and a playground for kids as well as a nice little cafe.

Underwater world. As part of Birdworld, there is a aquarium included in the entry fee.