Bring your teaching to life!

With our collection of over forty different species of native wild animals and our team of knowledgeable keepers, the British Wildlife Centre offers the ideal venue to learn about Britain's own wonderful wildlife.

The Centre will be closed to the public during your visit, though depending on your group size other pre-booked schools may be visiting.

School Visits: Reception to Year 7 - 'Animal Encounters'

Our 'Animal Encounters' schools programmes are designed to complement a variety of national curriculum topics in science, history and geography for pupils at Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. Visits are based at the Centre with its collection of over forty different British wild species. This is a unique opportunity for children to learn about Britain's wildlife - a real life natural history lesson!

Our minimum school group size is 20 children, our maximum is 90. Dates in the spring/summer terms get booked up well in advance, so the earlier you can book, the better your chances of booking on your chosen date. 

Fees per pupil:

November to March: £7
April to October: £8

One teacher/helper free for every 8 children. Adults above this ratio are charged at the pupil rate.



  • Just call or email us to check availability of dates
  • Easy to complete online booking confirmation form
  • Free recce visit for teachers in advance (by arrangement)
  • School visit risk assessment document available to download

On the Day

  • The Centre will be closed to the public during your visit, ensuring a safe, inspiring and focused trip
  • Each group has a dedicated keeper to escort them throughout the
    tour and provide age-appropriate animal talks
  • All breaks are taken in our shaded picnic area (if the weather is unsuitable we can accommodate your group in the Visitor Centre)
  • Complementary tea/coffee for teachers at the mid morning break 
  • Free coach parking

How to book

Before completing a school visit booking form please contact us first to check availability and to make a provisional booking:

By Phone  01342 834658 (during office hours)

By Email

complete School Visit Booking Confirmation Form

Information to download:

Our Animal Encounters school visits are suitable for Reception classes up to Year 7. Please note we do not take bookings for groups of younger children during school term time.

Secondary Schools

We also cater for Secondary Schools. Please contact us for details on cost and availability and to discuss your requirements.

Further Education

View details of our fully guided tours for A-level, College and University students 

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