Opened in May 1966, Pets' Corner is a small friendly open farm located in Harlow Town Park. It has a large selection of traditional farm animals, more exotic animals such as Reindeer, Llamas and Alpacas whilst still keeping with the visitor’s favourites’ of rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens and ducks.
Pets’ Corner celebrated its 50th anniversary this year following being closed for nine months for refurbishment. The Council run facility was completely renovated with a new events barn, new shelters for animals, a new bird enclosure and aquarium, a new small animal quarantine room, updated surfacing and drainage and a new duck pond. New cladding and repairs to buildings have been completed throughout giving the facility a new refreshed look. Facilities for staff were also upgraded and access for all visitors was improved with a new ramp and hand rails installed. The total cost of the Pets' Corner refurbishment was around £800,000 as part of the Harlow Town Park restoration.
Pets' Corner latest: The Friends of Pets' Corner secured £12,000 for the creation of a new picnic area for visitors from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. Pets' Corner was awarded Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence 2017.
Pets' Corner is free to enter but welcomes donations in the box on site. You can feed some of the animals for 20p a bag, available from feed vending machines.
Pets' Corner is a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and we help their work through having breeds of Red Poll cows, Essex saddleback and Tamworth Pigs,
Shadow a keeper
Fancy looking after your favourite animal for the day, why not shadow one of our keepers and find what’s really involved in caring for our animals. Please contact us to see how you can get close to your favourite animal.
Enjoyed your visit, made a new friend or just looking at gifts for friends then why not sponsor one of our animals. Sponsorship is available to anyone who loves animals, from companies to individual families to schools etc. Company sponsorship will promote the company name and logo on the animal’s pen and the company will receive a mention in any publicity regarding the animal.
We offer a range of birthday parties with hands on experience with our animals. Get to meet them and make your party a day to remember. We can offer exclusive use of our classroom, a chance for the children in the party to meet some of our smaller animals (either cute ‘n’ cuddly or creepy crawlies and snakes) along with a trained member of staff to answer questions. There is an option of Pets’ Corner goody bags.
- £7.50 per head - minimum fee of £50 with a £10 non refundable deposit on booking
- £1.50 per goody bag
Please note: Pets’ Corner cannot provide food, beverages or decorations for your party but you are permitted to bring these along, half an hour before the party starts. Payment can be made by cash or cheque.
Pets' Corner and the Town Park offer a variety of educational packages for a range of ages, linked to the national curriculum. These comprise of guided tours around the park and Pets' Corner, meeting the animals and learning about the park.
- Harlow Town Park and Pets' Corner Learning Centre packages and booking form (pdf)
Please note bookings cannot be confirmed until the receipt of a completed booking form
Pets' Corner corporate events
Pets' Corner hosts a variety of corporate events, arranging team building days and family petting days. Please contact us to see how an event can be tailored for your business.
Book a visit from a Reindeer
Why not have a visit from a Reindeer to add the wow factor to your Christmas event or as a novelty to other events. Type of events include Christmas bazaars, switching on Christmas lights, Christmas event at school/nursery or even weddings.
Prices for one Reindeer:
- Harlow area £245
- Outside Harlow £300 (subject to distance travelling from Harlow)
- Corporate events £500 plus
Due to animal welfare the maximum duration the Reindeer can attend an event is two hours and would need to be preferably an outside location. The Reindeer come self-contained with own pen and handler Insurance/Risk assessments. Pets' Corner complete the movement licence for the Reindeer and provide hand soap.
Pets' Corner offers many volunteering opportunities including working with the animals, helping with events and in our gift shop. Volunteering can be any day of the week, for a couple of hours or all day, we just ask for enthusiasm and a love of animals as training is given on site. We have many volunteers involved in all aspects of Pets' Corner our eldest is 82! It’s very rewarding caring for the animals and making many new friends. Volunteering at Pets' Corner is for people aged 14 years and over. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), may be required. Please contact us for details and more information. More volunteering opportunities
The Friends of Pets' Corner aim to support, promote and develop the work of Pets’ Corner, and to promote for educational, social and therapeutic purposes the welfare and availability of exotic, domestic and livestock animals to the people of Harlow and the surrounding areas. The Friends have been constituted and welcome new members over 18 years. Please contact the Chair on 07983 573520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to join.
- The Learning Centre - our function room can accommodate 30/40 people with an outside break out area. This warm, clean modern room has a small functional kitchen along with disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. It has some IT facilities for conference and teaching/training needs.
- Gift shop - A newly built gift shop with many pocket money items selling shortbread, chutneys, preserves, sweets and more.
- Hand washing facilities are available on site
- Toilets are available next to Pets' Corner including a Changing Places toilet - open 9am to 5pmThe Changing Places Toilet is a facility for People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. To obtain access and a key to the Changing Places toilet please complete the Changing Places Key Application Request Form (pdf).
Pets' Corner does not have a dedicated car park, however the nearest Harlow Council car park is three minutes' walk from Pets' Corner, in School Lane, CM20 2QB (51.777812,0.102078). More information on Harlow Council Town park car parks including charges
- From M11
Exit M11 at junction seven. At the roundabout, exit onto A414 Harlow. Go straight over the roundabout with traffic lights to continue to follow the A414. At the next roundabout take the first exit left onto Second Avenue/A1025. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Howard Way. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto First Avenue/Mandela Avenue. Turn right onto School Lane. School Lane car park will be on the right.
Take the A414 to Harlow/Chelmsford/Ware (South)/A1170. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto A414. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit and stay on A414. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Fifth Avenue/A414. Continue to follow Fifth Avenue, going through two roundabouts. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto First Avenue/Mandela Avenue. Go through 1 mini roundabout. Turn left onto School Lane. School Lane car park will be on the right.
- Harlow Train Station
Harlow is served by two train stations: Harlow Town Train Station, which is located North West of the town close to the Town Centre, and Harlow Mill Train Station, which is located North East of the town in Old Harlow. Harlow Town Train station is nearest to Pets' Corner. Pets Corner is ten minutes walk from Harlow Town Train Station.
- 1 April to 31 October, 11am to 4:45pm
- 1 November to 31 March, 11am to 4pm
- Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 27 December 2016 Pets' Corner is CLOSED
Tel: 01279 422790
Manager: Mr. Justin Hopwood