Pets' Corner

Opened in 1966, Pets' Corner is a small, friendly farm located in Harlow Town Park. It has a large selection of traditional farm animals, such as rabbits, chickens and ducks, more exotic animals such as Reindeer, Llamas and Alpacas, as well as a number of rare breeds including Red Poll cows, Essex Saddleback and Tamworth pigs

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.

Opening Hours

  • 1 April to 31 October, 11am to 4:45pm
  • 1 November to 31 March, 11am to 4pm
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day CLOSED

Contact

Location: Town Park, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QG

​Manager: Justin Hopwood

Telephone: 01279 422790

Email: justin.hopwood@harlow.gov.uk

Facebook: Pets' Corner

 

Facilities

  • The Learning Centre - function room can accommodate 30/40 people with an outside break-out area. This 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 - newly built gift shop with many pocket money items and treats such as shortbread, chutneys, preserves and sweets.
  • Hand washing facilities are available on site
  • Toilets are available next to Pets' Corner including a Changing Places toilet - open 9am to 5pm. The 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, who 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).
  • The Spurriers House Café, which can be found next to the main entrance to Pets' Corner.

Renovation

The farm celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 with a significant refurbishment. The Council-run facility was completely renovated with a new animal shelters, events barn, bird enclosure, aquarium, duck pond and animal quarantine room. Updated surfacing and drainage, as well as new cladding and repairs to buildings have been completed throughout, giving the facility a 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.

The Friends of Pets' Corner have recently 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.

 

Get Involved

Shadow a keeper

Fancy looking after your favourite animal for the day, why not shadow one of our keepers and find out what’s really involved in caring for our animals? Please contact us to see how you can get close to your favourite animal.

Volunteers

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; all we ask for is 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! 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

Friends of Pets' Corner

The Friends of Pets' Corner aim to support the work of Pets’ Corner and to promote the welfare and availability of exotic, domestic and livestock animals to the people of Harlow for educational, social and therapeutic purposes.

The Friends have been constituted and welcome new members over 18 years. Please contact the Chair on 07983 573520 or email: friendsofharlowpetscorner@yahoo.com for more details, or to join.

School visits

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.

For more information please contact either of the education staff: mike.levett@harlow.gov.uk or pauline.neate@harlow.gov.uk

 

Events and Corporate

Birthday parties

We offer a range of birthday parties featuring hands on experience with our animals. 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 and 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.

Prices:

  • £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 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.

Individual/group or corporate sponsorship

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 individuals, families or schools. 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.

Reindeer visits

Why not enjoy a visit from a reindeer to add the wow factor to your Christmas event? Reindeers make perfect special guests at Christmas bazaars, Christmas lights switch-on, or school/nursery Christmas events.

Prices for one reindeer:

  • Harlow area £245
  • Outside Harlow £300 (subject to distance travelling from Harlow) 
  • Corporate events £500+

Due to animal welfare the maximum duration the reindeer can attend an event is two hours and would need to be an outside location preferably. The reindeer come self-contained with their own pen and handler Insurance/Risk assessments. Pets' Corner completes the movement licence for the reindeer and provides hand soap.

 

Directions and Parking

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 2QBMore 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.
  • From A10
    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.